An important book to read. Fully annotated to back up the facts in this account. You need to lay aside the tendency to think you would do better, face the fact that even a modern person could be beaten in submission and read this account for the truths it can tell us not only about slavery at its worst but also how a free person can lose his freedom overnight.
Surprisingly good book. When I saw all the footnotes, appendixes, etc. I was afraid that it may be too much like a textbook, but it wasn't. This account of Mr. Northup's life from freeman to slave and back to freeman was very interesting. It was a straight forward account depicting his slave owners as the people they were - good and bad- and of his life for those 12 years.
Good story, very historical, footnotes were very valuable.
I enjoyed reading this book. I saw the movie which was really intense and very emotional. I wanted to read the book which was less intense but still emotional. Solomon Northrup was a free black man who was tricked by some evil men who ended up kidnapping him and selling him into slavery. He spent twelve agonizing years under several different masters and the lash until he was at last freed. Solomon Northrup tells you his story as he remembers it in the twelve years that he was a slave.
The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American living in New York in 1841, who was kidnapped, sold into slavery, and subjected to unimaginable degradation and abuse until his rescue 12 years later.
This moving and utterly brutal book is a harrowing account of his life in the sugar and cotton plantations of Louisiana, subject to varying degrees of savagery and abuse by a series of owners. Against all odds, Northup eventually manages to get word to his family and the ensuing rescue from the drunken and sadistic Mr Epps and subsequent legal cases are no less shocking than the rest of the tale.
Northups meticulous first-hand recordings of slave life, written in conjunction with a white lawyer called David Wilson, provide a true-life testament to tremendous courage and resolve in the face of unspeakable injustice.
I cant say enough good stuff about this book, it was so good I could hardly stand to set it down! Solomon Northrup should be required reading for everyone everywhere! What thoroughly amazed me is as to how he went through hell and yet still looked at ALL fellow beings as people. He wasnt happy being made a slave but he made the best of it, survived and got his freedom back through friendship and didnt seem to harbor hateful relations for what the white people did to him! Amazing that this book can mean so much for people today! Only thing I didnt care for was all the reading guide crap put at the end of almost all the chapters should have been put in the back as discussion guide for reading groups! There are NOT enough stars in the sky to rate the wonderful story this book has to tell!
This is an extremely powerful and heart-wrenching book. If you're familiar with the movie, you know the story already. The book just has more to it, such as details of the workings of various plantation elements, how holidays were celebrated in slavery, and lots more really interesting stuff. His story is hugely impactful, and the details he gives are plentiful. It can be very disturbing at times, as it does contain a lot of violent scenes in depictions of how slaves were treated, but it is well worth reading, even if you have seen the movie already.
An excellent account of a slave's life in Louisianna.
This is a heart wrenching but accurate story by a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. His tale is amazingly accurate with records validating the details. Solomon Northrup becomes known as the slave, Platt, and like many others suffers demeaning treatment and cruel whippings at the plantation owned by Epps. Epps is unpredictable and unbearably cruel during his alcoholic rages. Solomon Northrup does not divulge his background to any individual after the first time because he was beaten badly. The dangers of speaking out were dramatically emphasized by this experience. Finally, after many years a man appears at the plantation who abhors slavery. Solomon finally shares his story with this man who writes numerous letters to help him. It is interesting that even when freed his freedom is questioned time after time until he reaches his home and family in New York. Solomon was the son of a free man born and raised in New York who suffered for years because he was too trusting and naive. This is a read that reveals how slavery affected southerners, both whites and black alike. I recommend this read to anyone interested in our nation's development. Well written and thought provoking.
Enlightening recounting of Solomon Northup's experience as he was tricked and sold into slavery, being a free man of the state of New York. He spent twelve years in bondage serving several masters. Through all of his painful ordeals and being separated from his wife and children, a small flicker of hope and his faith kept him going until one day he meets someone he feels he can trust with his story and who will assist in getting him home!
Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. The book is a documentary account of slavery in that particular place at that particular time. The non-emotional descriptions present the events and leave the reader to feel the emotion in the book and the horror of the treatment the slaves received. This detachment makes the book less dramatic perhaps, but for me, adds to the power of the words and the events described.
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I enjoyed this book. It told me a lot about what slaves went through at that time.