Twelve Years a Slave (2020)

Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave Twelve Years A Slave is the story of Solomon Northup an African American who was born free in New York in the early s In Solomon Northup was captured and forced into slavery for a period of
  • Title: Twelve Years a Slave
  • Author: Solomon Northup
  • ISBN: 9781420925074
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup Twelve Years A Slave is the story of Solomon Northup, an African American who was born free in New York in the early 1800s In 1841, Solomon Northup was captured and forced into slavery for a period of 12 years Twelve Years A Slave is a captivating narrative of the life of freedom and slavery experienced by one African American man prior to the American Civil War The Twelve Years A Slave is the story of Solomon Northup, an African American who was born free in New York in the early 1800s In 1841, Solomon Northup was captured and forced into slavery for a period of 12 years Twelve Years A Slave is a captivating narrative of the life of freedom and slavery experienced by one African American man prior to the American Civil War The book is detailed in its account of life on a cotton and sugar plantation and the daily routine of slave life during the first part of the 19th century.
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  1. Brian

    There s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever There will be reckoning yet it may be sooner or it may be later, but it s a coming as sure as the Lord is just Solomon Northup, 1855I am a middle age American white guy obsessed with my country s shameful chapter, our peculiar institution slavery No matter how many books I read, movies I see or any other means of approaching the subject there exists a gulf of understanding that can never be bridged I can fe [...]

  2. Petra X

    I know it s a genuine slave narrative, but it is just one note It concentrates on episode after episode of intense and repeated physical abuse I don t doubt its veracity but there are far nuanced and readable narratives out there Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is about life as a slave when not being physically abused For most slave owners slaves were extremely expensive farm animals and only the richest who could afford herds of them would be able to maltreat them on a continual basis If [...]

  3. Rowena

    Now had I approached within the shadow of the cloud, into the thick darkness whereof I was soon to disappear, thenceforward to be hidden from the eyes of all my kindred, and shut out from the sweet light of liberty for many a weary year I m embarrassed to say I had no idea that this was a true story I find it odd that I d never heard of this particular slave narrative, given how powerful and informative it is I decided to read it after all the media frenzy surrounding the movie which I haven t w [...]

  4. Maria Espadinha

    Um Her i da Vida RealExistem m ltiplas e variadas fic es sobre a escravatura nos USA Mas est rias verdadeiras, narradas por algu m que as sofreu e viveu, n o conhe o outra al m desta Solomon Northup nasceu e viveu livre no Norte dos USA Um dia foi emboscado, raptado e vendido como escravo no Sul E por l permaneceu at ao dia em que reconquistou a liberdade que lhe f ra t o barbaramente roubada.Por um lado, esta uma narrativa chocante, onde somos, como em muitas outras, confrontados com a for a do [...]

  5. Becky

    I cannot fathom this book Everything that happens in this autobiography is so distant from anything that I have experienced that I cannot even conceive of the injustice in any sort of measurable or reasonable amount I feel angry and heartbroken that this sort of crime ever took place in our country, disgusted to the point of choking, so horrified that human trafficking through America is still so present and strong, so helpless because I don t even know how to help, because I want to help, becau [...]

  6. Miranda Reads

    What difference is there in the color of the soul Solomon Northup, born a free man during slavery times in America, is tricked and sold into slavery He goes from respectable carpenter, clever violinist, father of two to Platt a slave from Georgia in only a few days This book chronicles his twelve years as Platt Upon release, he wrote and published his account as propaganda against slavery There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones there may be slaves well clothed, well fed, [...]

  7. Bookdragon Sean

    My sufferings I can compare to nothing else than the burning agonies of hell This book is told from the view point of a man who was a slave, not some historian s interpretation of the events or a novelist s aggrandisement It is a frank narrative of the events that surrounded one man s persecution into a woeful existence and allows the reader to form their own opinion of the life of a slave This is a unique enlightenment into the American slave system, of the 19th century, conveying the hypocrisy [...]

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani

    Twelve years a slave, Solomon Northup 1808 1863 Twelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South He was in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before he was able to secretly get information to friends and family in New York, who in turn secured his relea [...]

  9. Kyriakos Sorokkou

    cottonAfter reading this book, I will never see cotton under the same way ever again When we think of cotton, we see something we consider fluffy, comfortable, and cosy, but for thousands of people, cotton and precisely cotton fields were hell on earth A lot of people were unlucky to be born in an era where your skin colour defined whether you were a master or a slave.Black people from their late teens up to their deaths were working for 360 days in cotton fields, in maize fields, on sugar plan [...]

  10. Richard Knight

    A lot of people are saying this book reads like a novel, but I couldn t disagree It reads like a man telling his life story, which is fascinating, giving what the man became for twelve years, but not as engrossing as some of the new journalism that came out in the 60s and 70s by people like Hunter S Thompson and Norman Mailer Call it a book of its time I actually saw the movie before I read the book, and there s an interesting difference The movie is about the life of a slave, while the book is [...]

  11. kisha

    12 Years a Slave is probably the most unique slave book that I ve read so far because I can t say that I have ever read about a free person being kidnapped and sold into slavery The concept was new to me and I imagine it was probably very common considering that is full profit for a slave trader not having to buy a slave and then sale for profit I can t say that I absolutely loved his book I also can t say that I believe most of what was written to be a fact What I believe is that he was kidnapp [...]

  12. Hadrian

    This is a horrifying story made only worse by the fact that it is all true I ll leave other reviews to go on in detail about it I don t even have the consolation that well, at least it doesn t happen any Chattel slavery and abduction are still hideous problems the world over It s all very grim to think about Still, the world owes Northrup a debt of gratitude for bring the truth about such an awful system and the abuses it caused.

  13. Angela M

    I can say that it was chilling, heart breaking, gut wrenching, atrocious and none of these words can aptly describe Solomon Northup s experience as told in this memoir I did not know about this book until I saw the movie last month During the brutal lashing scenes and the heart breaking scene of a mother separated from her children, you could hear a pin drop in the theater I left the movie theater, frantically looking in the app for the book After I finished the book, I felt that same sense of b [...]

  14. Greg

    I appreciated this excellent book some of its scenes still haunt me , but compared to other non fiction slave narratives such as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, there was a bit distance of perspective here The facts are still searing the antidotes still filled me with horror But sometimes the narrator feels a step removed I read much of the account before I realized why I felt that way and then I got to Northup s description of the Christmas celebrations among the slaves He writes, Marri [...]

  15. Duane

    The gut wrenching account, apparently true, of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, with wife and children living in New York State He is kidnapped and sold as a slave, then shipped south to work on the plantations in Bayou Boeuf Louisiana He spends most of the twelve years under the cruel tyranny of a sadistic plantation owner named Epps His eventual escape and return to New York and his family occurs only after a series of events that aren t much short of a miracle The narrative is painfully di [...]

  16. Jason Koivu

    A powerful and apparently true firsthand account from a free black man sold into slavery and his first to be free again.Twelve Years a Slave is gut wrenching stuff written by an immensely readable writer Northup s journey is incredible too incredible to believe One has to continually remind oneself that he was not born into slavery, nor was he taken from overseas His education is evident This is no ignorant man denied an education and made to struggle along communicating with English as an untau [...]

  17. Lela

    There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones there may be slaves well clothed, well fed, and happy, as there surely are those half clad, half starved and miserable nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnesses is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one, Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the pleasures [...]

  18. Eugenie

    An enjoyable read, although distressing in parts This true narrative is a must read, especially for right thinkers It left me pondering the profound evil that was is slavery What folly is man s inhumanity towards other men We all bear the responsibility to prevent even an inkling of such injustice wherever in the world it is still perpetrated.

  19. Ken Moten

    I can speak of Slavery only so far as it came under my own observation only so far as I have known and experienced it in my own person My object is, to give a candid and truthful statement of facts to repeat the story of my life, without exaggeration, leaving it for others to determine, whether even the pages of fiction present a picture of cruel wrong or a severer bondage I feel intense guilt saying this, but I read this book after seeing the movie I don t simply mean the film in theaters as o [...]

  20. Elizabeth

    Life is dear to every living thing the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones there may be slaves well clothed, well fed, and happy, as there surely are those half clad, half starved and miserable nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, [...]

  21. Chrissie

    Slavery is an abomination The United States was from its independence from England a nation that relied heavily on slavery It was not a land of equality and it did not offer freedom for all This book is an autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a free Black kidnapped and taken into slavery for twelve years He was from Upper state New York He played the fiddle Given a proposition to earn extra money doing just this, he agreed to travel to Washington D.C It was here he was kidnapped and illegal [...]

  22. Kells Next Read

    Atlas I had not then learned the measure of man s inhumanity to man, nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain This was such a profound, heart rending, eye opening and enlightening read I was literally, an emotional roller coaster while perusing the pages of the book and found it difficult if not impossible to stop once I had started Words fail me to express how necessary and important it is, to not on read to gain a better understanding but also to be able to pa [...]

  23. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    I am afraid that I am guilty this time around of watching the movie before reading the book.Twelve Years a Slave is Solomon Northup s story of how he was kidnapped, drugged, beaten and sold off as a slave It is a detailed account of 12 years of his life that he spent as a slave The brutalities that he had to endure, the psychological torture that it was and the stories of the people who touched his life in one way or the other He not only narrates his own story, but through knowing him and his l [...]

  24. Alice Lippart

    Distressing, powerful and fascinating This offers up an interesting, and in some ways, singular perspective into a part in history Although some people may compare it to other narratives of the same time and find them valid, I disagree this is one mans experience of Slavery in the south and an experience equally worth reading about.

  25. Dorothea

    Is it weird to have a favorite slave narrative This is my favorite slave narrative, mainly because Solomon Northup was BAD ASS.Somebody needs to make a superhero style comic about this man.Northup was born free and lived most of his first thirty three years in New York, where he married and had three children His wife, Anna, was a chef and one of his talents was playing the violin, so during the social season they often parted ways and took temporary jobs in catering and entertaining.In 1841 Nor [...]

  26. Vanessa

    12 Years a Slave is an utterly affecting non fiction narrative It follows the free man Solomon Northup, a man with a loving family and a talent for the violin, who was drugged and sold into slavery where he suffered for 12 years before eventually regaining freedom.I was already familiar with Solomon Northup s story, having seen the Oscar winning film adaptation back when it was released a few years ago, and the film affected me so much that I don t think I could ever watch it again Listening to [...]

  27. Carol

    3.5 Stars Solomon Northup, a free man, survives a brutal twelve years after his capture into slavery and is finally able to procure his way back home through the diligence and persistence of one true friend While a true story written in 1853, I sometimes found it unconvincing not that I doubt it as fact and difficult to connect with Solomon during the telling of this horrific time in his life perhaps bc of the narrator and or writing style, I m not sure A good portion of the story is spent givin [...]

  28. Lawrence

    WOW What a book This is a must read It s hard to imagine being taken away from your home and made a slave for 12 long years It was a hard read, but again a must read.

  29. Connie

    4.5 stars First I must note that I listened to the audio of this and am awfully glad Louis Gossett, Jr brought Solomon Northup to life for me His voice is brilliant I am not sure I could have enjoyed reading this narrative as much as the language and the cadence is from a different time The story is also from a different time and one that is a mark on history.I should correct myself, as this is not a story.but a narrative I was amazed that it disappeared for decades and Solomon s voice was not h [...]

  30. Pink

    If this were fiction, I would probably rate it lower But this is not fiction This is the story of how a free man became enslaved for 12 years, in that awful period of American history How this happened, what transpired during his slavery and how Solomon came to achieve freedom again were all fascinating and heartbreaking tales Equally interesting is how this story came to be told from the ghost writer who published the book just 3 months after Solomon was freed, to it s 20th century resurrection [...]

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