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Twelve Years a Slave [Kindle Edition]

Solomon Northup
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,518 customer reviews)

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#1 Bestseller

Now a major motion picture directed by Steve McQueen and starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Paul Giamatti

12 Years a Slave is a riveting true account of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the pre–Civil War South. Solomon Northup’s narrative explores one of the darkest times in American history and captures in vivid detail the unimaginable realities of slavery.

In 1841, the educated musician Solomon Northup, a free man living in New York who is cruelly deceived by the promise of a job in Washington, is drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. Once Solomon arrives in New Orleans, he is given a slave name and soon realizes that any mention of his rights as a free man is sure to bring cruel punishment or death. Denied his freedom and ripped away from his family, he spends twelve emotionally and physically gruelling years on a Louisiana cotton plantation enduring the hardships and brutalities of life as a slave. When Solomon eventually finds a sympathizing friend, a daring rescue is attempted that could either end in Solomon’s death or restore his freedom and reunite him with his family.

When Solomon Northup published this harrowing account of slavery in 1853, it immediately stirred up controversy in the national debate over slavery, helping to sway public opinion in favour of abolition. His book 12 Years a Slave remains one of the most insightful, detailed, and eloquent depictions of slavery in America. It demonstrates the extraordinary resilience of one man’s spirit in the face of extreme suffering and his incredible will to survive.



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<DIV>"A moving, vital testament." - --Saturday Review</div>

About the Author

Solomon Northup (1808 - c. 1864-1875) was an African American carpenter who was born free in Minerva, Essex County, New York, but was bound into slavery later in life for a period of twelve years. He regained his freedom in January 1853.

Product Details

  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494297396
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (October 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDS85EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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118 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, terrible edition. November 23, 2013
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This is an excellent book that is, unfortunately, terribly edited. I refer exclusively to the Kindle edition. It is replete with typos and missing words that frequently interrupt comprehension and that testify to an overall sloppiness that is difficult to excuse. If I had to guess, this was mechanically transformed from a paper to a kindle edition, with little or no human oversight. This lack of oversight shows on almost a page by page basis - and speaks extremely poorly of the overall quality. This is a real shame, because the book itself is indispensable reading for anyone who wants to *begin* to confront the trauma of slavery - a trauma that continues to inflect American and global affairs to this day.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Years of Slavery October 25, 2013
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Solomon Northup was an educated free man who worked in New York and was brutally kidnapped and sold into slavery and ends up in Louisiana. A true story a man without his family for twelve years.I saw the movie today and was glad I had read the book. The cast of authors in the movie was a heart wretched life to live.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing October 23, 2013
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Highly recommend this book I couldn't put it down. The story was eloquently told. I look forward to seeing the movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The read is better than the movie March 7, 2014
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An Oscar winning movie is bested by the written word. Perhaps the movie is the best way to get the story told to millions but the mind's eye did an excellent job of understanding the horror of slavery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars moving story, very formal English January 14, 2014
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Wonderful and moving story. Gives much more insight into the characters and what happened than the movie did. Only negative is that it is written in the very formal English of the time and can be hard to read. It was also written as a description, and was not written to entertain. So it can be a little dry in parts. Amazing story, very informative. Very glad I read it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book February 17, 2014
By bobbi
Format:Kindle Edition
The fact that the manuscript may have been manipulated for Kindle should not be the determining factor in whether or not you read this book! The story is a personal history of one man's life as a slave. It is much more should the reader care to exercise thought and analysis prompted by the story itself. The inhumanity of slavery is well documented. Here the reader has the opportunity to assess also the character of those who held other humans in bondage. Can anyone who claims a human heart and mind defend the innumerable ways in which a slave was denied access to even the smallest comforts, denied access to any possibility of self education or reliance, denied the bonds of family or friends, denied food, denied rest; and rewarded for service that immeasurably enriched his "owner" and his community - even to this very day - with a life of degradation and inhuman cruelty, inflicted however and whenever the mood struck him. I don't think it necessary or relevant to note the exception here. The institution itself denies any credit to those who may have practiced it in a less debauched manner. The discussion should instead focus on how this horror, perpetrated on our citizens, continues to effect lives and communities today. With a deeper understanding of what happened, perhaps there can be a deeper commitment to creating a country where we can make a choice to live in ways that support respect and kindness toward all. Read the book. Think about it. Ask yourself, " Why are there ghettos in our country?" Why is that even tolerated. There, too, live many who have lost all hope. Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read January 10, 2014
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Very descriptive. Wonderful story describing the horrible things he endured. Great historical account. Doesn't flow like a smooth novel. Although it is a great read, it is also a difficult read. I had to reread many parts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright....but a little boring January 19, 2014
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I found the beginning of this book very interesting. But, there was so much jumping around from place to place, that I began to become bored.
It was, however, informative from the fact that I found it horrible that humans could actually treat another human being so callously. The thought that one person could actually OWN another is beyond disgusting. The plantation owners treated their slaves like cattle.
Also, it reminded me of the drug trade today. If there is a buck to be made, all the thought of human compassion goes out the window.

I like the book....buy repetitious.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was such an amazing book. A true story written about a time ...
This was such an amazing book. A true story written about a time in history that all white Americans should be ashamed. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by susie
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't seen the movie yet. I wanted to ...
I haven't seen the movie yet. I wanted to read the book first to ease myself into this difficult subject. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by lily pea
5.0 out of 5 stars some of which our people would like to forget and that is a real shame
This was a very difficult time in our Nations history. Thanks you for sharing it with us.
Our students of today need to know the history of the Civil War and this book teaches... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by N.K.Beckley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Typical of coloured discontent
Published 1 day ago by Nevroy2
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Still have not seen the movie
Published 1 day ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - heartbreaking perspective of slavery
This is a book I wish I would have been required to read in school for history. That being said...it was hard for me to read and a little slow... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cowaly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
This book was well written and although terribly sad, a good read.
Published 1 day ago by beachygrl2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Riveting!
Published 1 day ago by dale nobile
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book.
Awesome book... our history just makes me ill... all we can do is learn by it and not repeat.
Published 2 days ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I couldn't stand to see the movie because it is too graphic and sad for me, however I did want to know what happened especially since we know he ended up free. Read more
Published 2 days ago by ltd
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