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Twelve Years A Slave by [Northup, Solomon]
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"A moving, vital testament." - --Saturday Review

About the Author

SOLOMON NORTHUP was born in 1808 and lived as a free man in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and three children until his capture and enslavement in 1841. He was one of very few who were able to regain their freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. After he returned to New York, he published his memoir and became an active abolitionist, lecturing throughout the Northeast about his experiences.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (October 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDS85EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ethan Wells on 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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By bobbi on February 17, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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1 - The state of the e-text is horrid, multiple mistakes per page. It is sometimes a riddle to solve; overall making the kindle version quite frustrating to read.

5 - I read this book out of interest, wanted to have it complete prior to watching the movie next week. The story brings out an array of emotions and principles in me as a reader: slavery, inhumanity, simple pleasures, price of honesty, justice, what is right, etc. I was moved by the story. The courage needed to write, the rare situation the writer lived through, the value of his perspective. Wow.

I love books which challenge the reader. This story is true, and that increases its value 100-fold.
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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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