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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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43 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

Surprised

I chose the book because it was a great deal, and I figured this is a topic I could definitely stand to know more about; but I was surprised to find that Harriet Jacobs was a woman I felt I could relate to, regardless of the centuries and culture gap between us. She wri...
I chose the book because it was a great deal, and I figured this is a topic I could definitely stand to know more about; but I was surprised to find that Harriet Jacobs was a woman I felt I could relate to, regardless of the centuries and culture gap between us. She writes with passion and intelligence, and her revelations of the cruelty of the slave trade are tempered with anecdotes of familial love and the kindness of others who are sympathetic to the plight of the slaves. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl reads as easily as Jane Eyre and if you are interested in narratives involving slavery, women in the 1800's, or simply a story about someone who clings to the hope of a better life and will suffer almost anything to achieve it, this book is worth your time.

posted by sybil_rising on June 10, 2010

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7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

great book

i had to read this for class i would read it again for leisure. the only reason i dont give it more stars is because the way it is written is more autobiographical though she fictionalizes her name so as not to point at her identity directly. but this is a great book a...
i had to read this for class i would read it again for leisure. the only reason i dont give it more stars is because the way it is written is more autobiographical though she fictionalizes her name so as not to point at her identity directly. but this is a great book about the life of a slave girl, right up there with douglas. though douglas's is better.

posted by Anonymous on July 25, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs writing as Linda Brent

    I really enjoyed the book. I think that is crazy how someone can go through so much hardship and still have the courage to write about it and share it with the world. I like the intensity of the book and the commitment she had for getting her children and herself free, and how she went about doing it, how she became involved with another white man to get him to escape her own master and get the freedom she dreamed of.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    GOOD BOOK

    i had to read this book for school and i really liked it!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    Very good read!

    Offers an insight on the slave's point of view. A bit hard to take in at times, though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Very Informative, Moving

    Found this book very interesting, but one or two incidents seemed a bit unbelievable. However, this book helped me greatly in understanding how deeply the blacks were hurt by their abusive treatment. Made me appreciate my own situation much more.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    I was surprised how fascinating this book is. Written very well

    I was surprised how fascinating this book is. Written very well and keeps your interest all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Worth reading!

    Started out slow but then got very interesting. Would definately recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great Historical Read

    A very informative account of the life and times of Harriet Jacobs. I enjoy history, but the accounts of her life as a slave were at most times harrowing and unbelieveable. How humans were able to treat and for the most part ignore the plight of a people is almost infathomable. A great read as she ultimately triumphs over her trials.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Amazing book

    very good. Held my interest totally. Good historically also.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    women of color

    this book told a story of women who regardless of race were intelligent and helped shape america today!

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    Great Read

    This book was surprisingly good. I was worried, that since it was an autobiography, it would be too wordy and factual. Not at all the case. It was a brilliant story and all the more great because it was all true. Not difficult to understand. You should def read it.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Really enjoyed this book

    If you like stories about the Civil War, you will love this one. I couldn't put it down.

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