I find myself glad that i was unable to see the movie and was able to read the book first. Books are always so much better, now i want to see the movie. This was such a sad, moving, heroic, stick in the mind read. I hate to say i loved the book due to the sad treatment of humans, but it was so well written and i could not put it down. My heart broke and i cried for all of the people that have in the past gone thru such treatment.
I have not seen this movie. Reading the book, I found the story hard to follow and confusing. It referred to characters without having introduced them first, and it seemed to have little historical value. I was not interested enough to finish the book. If you have not seen the movie, I would not recommend this book.
In 1839, a young man named Cinque leads a group of illegally enslaved Africans in a revolt against their captors aboard the slave ship Amistad. All they want is to be free, to return to their homes and families. Instead, the Africans land in America, where they are imprisoned and charged with murder and mutiny. The Americans don't see the Africans as people, but as property. Cinque and his fellow captives soon realize that their fight for freedom has only just begun.
If you have a joy in reading boring, poorly writen books...THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Amistad talks about characters who haven't been introduced, making it very confusing and hard to log. PLEASE don't make the same mistake I did...to avoid that mistake, don't buy the book.