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Twelve Years a Slave

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Solomon Northup was a free born African American living in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1841 he was kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery in the South. It took him 12 years to regain his freedom. This is his moving, harrowing and emotional story.

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A memoir that should not be missedTwelve Years a Slave is the memoir of Solomon Northup, who was born a free black man in New York in the early 1800s. In his early thirties, Solomon was kidnapped and sold south into slavery. He spent twelve years as a slave before he was rescued.Most of this book is centered around Northup s time as a slave. Little is mentioned about his life before his kidnapping, and his memoir ends with his return home to his wife and children.This was a difficult book for me to read because of the inhumane and brutal way people were treated and allowed to be treated during this time. I m glad Northup told his story and I m thankful to my Goodreads friends that lead me to it.4Jaw droppingI'm a 50 something lady. I heard all the History stories in school, but to read this written by a man who actually lived it was JAW DROPPING. The "slang" that was spoken, took you there in the slave quarters, the cotton fields, speaking to the land owner, as if you were right there with them. The true brutality that this author and all those he spoke about was absolutely awful. Thank goodness there was someone who listened to him, got the word out to his family, and he made it home. And all, without anger or hatred or revenge in his heart.5DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY !If you want to read this book in Spanish do not waste your money, the translation is horrible, to the point of being incomprehensible. There is another version in Spanish on Amazon with very little difference in price that is perfect. I think that Amazon should remove this book from the market.$ 2.16 with the tax that goes to the trash.The other version (Kindle) costs $ 6.99 and the translation is perfect.An excellent book! / Si usted quiere leer este libro en espa ol no pierda su dinero, la traduccion es horrible, hasta el punto de ser incomprensive. Hay otra version en espa ol en Amazon con muy poca diferencia en precio que es perfecta. Pienso que Amazon deberia retirar este libro del mercado.Son$ 2.16 con el tax que van a la basura.La otra version ( Kindle) cuesta $ 6.99 y es perefecta la traduccion.Un excelente libro !1Extraordinary book, but there are better versions on KindleAs slave stories go, this one is, in my view, without peer. Northup's s captivating tale -- which has gained attention because of the movie that shares the book's title -- is told in exacting detail with an easy prose. He sets the stage masterfully, describing people and places before proceeding into the narrative. Unlike works of fiction, this book is so compelling because, by all accounts, it is true. There is no polemical axe to grind, as with Uncle Tom (a novel at one point wryly referenced by Northup). Here you see both the brutality of slavery and the moments of kindness by slaves and even some slave owners. Solomon tells the story with clarity and intelligence.The free versions on other sites I found were pretty poorly formatted, so spending a dollar for a polished version on Amazon is worthwhile, but this one is not the best of them. Granted, the book is formatted adequately, and any typographical errors in this version seem to be simple reproductions of the original.However, the supporting material is a letdown. I read the version that includes the introduction by novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez. That introduction is borderline insulting, as it makes only a weak attempt to separate accounts with fictional elements like Roots from an authentic account like this one. Worse still, Perkins-Valdez can't resist indulging in repeatedly referencing her own recently released slave novel, even going so far as to quote herself. There are almost no historical elements to this version beyond the main book -- no mention of Northup after the book, no mention of he writer who helped him pen the book, nothing. There is more information on the writer of the introduction than there is the author. One other oddity worth mentioning: the original book's preface -- the one done by the man who helped Northup write the book -- has been curiously excised from this version too. That makes this version something less than complete.For those looking for a better version, you might consider Twelve Years a Slave - Enhanced Edition by Dr. Sue Eakin Based on a Lifetime Project. New Info, Images, Maps, which contains a robust amount of supporting material and, better still, is right now the same cost as this version.4Easy read. Remarkable journalThe simplicity of his reflections in this journal open a window to the culture of slavery and racism that is unique and memorable. He uses understated language which makes each event all the more vivid. His candor about the experience of bondage and what it does to a free man is remarkable. His insight into thoughts of slaveholders ring true. This book was written more than 150 years ago and is an easy read. Mr Northrup was an exceptional man. We are lucky to have his words today.5Tragic Subject, Well Written, Highly RecommendedThis is a compelling narrative of a free, black citizen of New York being kidnapped in Washington, DC and sold into slavery to a plantation in the far backwaters of Louisiana. The long 12 years away from his family and his free life, cast into a situation where, unlike many of his fellow slaves, he was very aware of the differences between freedom and slavery. He is finally able to get word in his final year of captivity to his family and some white friends with influence, who make the effort and are finally able to find him and free him legally. This book is the unvarnished account of those 12 years. Slavery is an ugly thing. The very notion of owning another human being should be repellant to us all, and yet long years of America's historydisprove that notion. In all the reading I have done, it appears to me that the owning of a slave leads to a dangerous degradation of the human soul of the Master class even moreso than of the slaves themselves. In order for slavery to exist, it requires heinous distortion of Christian values, and incredibly tortuous disrottions of the thought, mental, and spiritual processes to justify this practice. Generations of slave ownership have created the culture of slavery and whites coming from that tradition of slave ownership still are not free of the distorted beliefs the practice of slavey created, which were then modeled and passed down through the generations. Imagine young children forced to watch their father beat slaves nearly to death, often for no real reason, but because they had that power over another human being. Generations away from that actuality, those distorted beliefs still flow in the veins of many as a cultural remnant of the ugliest kind. This book reveals much of that in a very comprehensible way. It isn't new information so much as well presented information. It was an excellent book to read.5Excellent book. Valued for it's historical significance. Should be required reading for every American.I bought this after watching the movie. I am a college student that works full time, so I usually don't have much time for reading things that aren't school related. I finally got around to finishing this. This is an extremely difficult book to read. What this man went through was astoundingly awful. It is an important narrative though. If you want to understand southern culture as it is today, if you want to get a deeper understanding of race relations in America, or if you just want to read a good book, I highly recommend it. You get a real picture of what institutional (versus man to man) racism is. You will also understand how far our country has come from it. If one black man can triumph over adversity in that day, all of them certainly can now. A history professor once told me that it's not enough to just say that the south was wrong, you have to understand why they thought like they did. This will definitely shed some dark light on the subject.5Good book (product wise), poor Amazon handling.I'm not complaining about the narrative of the book because I haven't read more than the first two chapters, my complain goes against Amazon employees handling the item: I order 5 shorts and two books including this one, they came in an Amazon box as usual, the thing is that whoever package this decide to place the two softcover books at the bottom, then the weight of the 5 shorts on top and for some reason those air bags at the top of all, so obviously covers of the books came with creases, a more obvious packaging will be to protect the books surrounding them with the shorts... is like they don't even care anymore.So about the book, as in product quality, this edition is made from newsprint paper type, softcover is average in material but the printing is really good, colours stand out. I'll probably review the narrative of the book itself when I finish.412 Years A SlaveThis book is so interesting and informative. I found that I knew not nearly as much of that era of (slavery and emancipation) as I had assumed that I did. My husband had purchased the Kindle version of 12 Years a Slave but the one that I purchased had several other stories as well. Twelve Years A Slave is about Solomon Northrup, who was born as a free person, but was duped into going on tour with two charlatans and sold into slavery. (Don't want to spoil the story so will stop here.) Other stories included were: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglas; Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, byHarriet Jacobs and also true; and Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington which was actually my favorite book. He was born into slavery and was a child when slavery ended. Booker T. Washington was a brilliant humanitarian who lived through a terrible time in the History of the United States of America and he definitely left a lasting legacy through his many kind deeds and the school system that he founded in Tuskeegee, Alabama.This book was about the same cost as the single book "12 Years a Slave". This is a great read and if you buy the Kindle version look for the cover that has the lock an chain on the front page. It is the version this the extra books. Enjoy, learn and weep!5The Truth Shall Set You Free of LiesGrowing up in the North,I had always found it hard to imagine that slavery not only existed in this country,but flourished.Through the years,I have read many an autobiography or history book concerning slavery and thought I knew it all. And yet I was blind.Until I read Solomon Northrup's "12 Years a Slave." Where has this book been? It is a masterpiece of history,of one man,one free man's life. A true picture of 'The Old South'.Mr. Northrup was a free black man with a beautiful wife and two daughters living in Saratoga,NY. He was lured from his home by slave traders who specialized in the awful practice of kidnapping free black citizens and selling them into slavery. Torn from his home and family,Mr.Northrup endured the worst that can happen to a human being,and still live.And yet,he remained fair and honest,never stooping to the level some of his white masters did.I am not going to rewrite the book in this review because I recommend reading it for yourself. Slavery was and is a vile institution.Solomon Northrup is my new inspiration.This book will shock you. But you will be the better for having read it.My highest of fives.5
Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

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