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Twelve Years a Slave

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First published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is the narrative of Solomon Northup’s experience as a free man sold into slavery. Northup’s memoir reveals unimaginable details about the slave markets, the horrors of life on a plantation, and the dreadful day-to-day treatment of the slaves from the perspective of a man who lived more than thirty years as a free man before being forcibly enslaved.
Written in the year after Northup was freed and published in the wake of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Northup’s story was quickly taken up by abolitionist groups and news organizations as part of the fight against slavery. The book fell into obscurity in later decades, only to be rediscovered in the early 1960’s. In 2013 it was adapted into a feature film entitled 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Brad Pitt. Pitt also played a supporting role in the film, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Paulson.

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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDS85EM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Worth A Read

 on 9 February 2014
By The Average Customer
I wasn’t expecting much from this novel, but somehow it surprised me and it turned out OK.

A cry for freedom!

 on 5 July 2014
By K Clewley
I enjoyed this book as it takes you through what appears to be a well educated man and his descent into slavery, he takes you through the horrors that befall those who have been dragged into this alien lifestyle. Solomon was lucky in some respect as he had a trade which would help him avoid the more mundane tasks that slaves were made to endure for very long hours day in day out.

Riveting

 on 19 July 2017
By K
Matter of fact and unsentimental but harrowing at times. I haven’t seen the film so no pre conceived ideas about the story. The language takes a bit of getting used to but it is easy enough to follow and I like how descriptive it is. It’s an educational and rewarding read. I found it riveting and read it over a couple of days.

Great read, fast paced, interesting engaging story

 on 25 February 2014
By Mr. P. W. Powell
I bought this because I want to see the film, but I wanted to read the book before seeing the film.

Hope the film does it justice.

One person found this helpful.
 on 5 February 2014
By Foxie
What a great read I could not beleive how cruel some people were to these slave’s Soloman did well to stand up to some of his masters. Even though he was born as a free man from slavery this didn’t stop him from becoming a slave himself, he never gave up the fight for his freedom. This book is a very good read and I could not put this book down I just hope that the film does not destroy the book itself.

Interesting read

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 November 2016
By Mrs E Denby
This is a very interesting read, you should read this id you can

Twelve Years a Slave

 on 8 March 2014
By Shelly
Decided to read the book first before seeing the film, I suppose saying I enjoyed the book would be wrong as nobody should enjoy reading about the way one human thinks they have the right to own another human being just because of their colour, thank god slavery was abolished. But reading this book certainly gives you an insight to life horrendous as it was to be a slave.

Amazon publication…..

 on 13 February 2014
By Briony Holyoake
Wanted to read the book before seeing the film.

an incredulous account of an long episode in a man’s life that should never have happened.

 on 28 March 2014
By Buster
Apart from the sadness of this account, I was most impressed with the standard of English used to record all the events, from capture through the dreadful time under various ‘masters’ to his final freedom once more. An enthralling and compelling read making one appreciate the meaning of “Freedom”.
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