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Twelve Years a Slave by [Northup, Solomon]
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Twelve Years a Slave Kindle Edition

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"A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousands gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation. It is also a chilling insight into the 'peculiar institution.'" --"Saturday Review"

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The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery. This beautifully designed ebook edition of Twelve Years a Slave features an introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Wench.

Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor, he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.

In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound, did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's life as a slave. Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse." Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kind-hearted stranger who changed the course of his life. With its first-hand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4203 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Atria / 37 Ink; 37th edition (Sept. 17 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJWV0VY
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was a very good book but the person who had to go through this terrible ordeal was a very strong person and should not of had to go through it at all. Will people ever learn to treat all humans equally.
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Solomon Northup was an educated literate man who worked in New York and was brutally kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. His autobiography was very detailed with skillfully painted pictures of the people and situations he encountered until at last he was freed. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Solomon Northup was also mentioned in the newly released children's historical novel, The Journal of Darien Dexter Duff, an Emancipated Slave that also takes place in Louisiana.
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This book memoir was was first published in 1853 (before Lincoln) by the person who suffered the great injustices recorded. I have not yet seen the movie, and note that it is good. The movie is a different (several hour only) experience and cannot give the direct telling and observations of the time contained in the book. The book is a better source of authenticity, for sure! It's astounding to see the social conditions surrounding the kidnapping, the brutality of slavery, plus the miracle of escape.....
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I know the story is good because I saw the movie but am unable to read the small print in the book without a magnifying glass. That is kind of hard to do when most of my reading is done lying in bed at night.
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What an excellent book. It was hard to put the book down as it kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next. Will like check out the movie now and most likely to reread the book again. Thanks
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Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave is a well-written and a deep and moving story not only of man's depravity in his treatment of others, but also of the inner strength we all have and means we can harness to get out of different predicaments without dehumanizing ourselves in the process. Like the story of Josef in Disciples of Fortune, Solomon Northrup's book gives an amazing of Solomon's trials and tribulations.
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I thought I would only skim through the book since I watched the movie. The slave story of Solomon Northup is captivating. The book goes into more details then the movie had time to cover. I am glad I took the time to read the book and would recommend others do the same whether you watched the movie or not.
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This story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery is amazing. I know nothing of how it was written and sometimes questioned whether it was genuine or not because sometimes the writing was so eloquent, but after reading it I realized the author had some help from the editor, David Wilson. I hope Solomon Northrup is looking down from somewhere and knows what a treasure his book has become.
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