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12 Years a Slave: (Movie Tie-In)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

142 out of 153 people found this review helpful.

Highy Recommended- Buy It!

This book was about the life and Journey of Solomon Northup, who unfortunately was stolen from freedom and made a slave. Born in New York State in 1808 as a free man, he was well educated, learned how to swim (which is very rare to find in an African American at the ti...
This book was about the life and Journey of Solomon Northup, who unfortunately was stolen from freedom and made a slave. Born in New York State in 1808 as a free man, he was well educated, learned how to swim (which is very rare to find in an African American at the time) and an exceptional worker. But in 1841 he was kidnapped in Washington D.C. where he was forced to work as a slave for the next twelve years on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

This book is definitely going on my list of favorite books. It has such a detailed and vivid description of his experience that I almost felt like I was there with him. He incorporates sadness, depression,and death with happiness, excitement, and love. This is sometimes very hard to achieve when writing about slavery but somehow he brought it all together in the best of ways. One of my major "likes" about this book was that he showed a side of slavery that doesn't get recognized all too often; compassion. Solomon made friends with other slaves that stood by him and showed him sympathy whenever he needed it. But the major shocker is that one of his many masters, a man named Ford, treated Solomon with respect and even said that he was better than a white man (Tibeat), right to his face. Thats when I started to adore this book and wanted to keep on reading. My only real "dislike" was that after a while, not much was happening besides him being a slave and going through what they normal experienced, but that did not stop the fact that is was a great book.

This book gives detailed descriptions of the fear, brutality, and hardships that slaves went through which makes it a must read book because people should know the history of our country and recognize the ones who were there.

posted by Max23 on September 23, 2010

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22 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

Fiction disguised

This is the worst fiction disguised as history I have ever seen. Many of the atrocities as described did happen and leave their scars on the souls of decent men. BUT, in spite of an apparent skill at writing, there is just too much exaggeration to be credible. Some "whi...
This is the worst fiction disguised as history I have ever seen. Many of the atrocities as described did happen and leave their scars on the souls of decent men. BUT, in spite of an apparent skill at writing, there is just too much exaggeration to be credible. Some "whippings", described as "500 lashes" or even more, are too much a stretch of imagination. (Even for today's politicians) The poor man's back would, long ago, be stripped to the bone, and the hours of whipping would have to been done by a machine!

posted by ThePearlEH on September 18, 2011

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Fiction disguised

    This is the worst fiction disguised as history I have ever seen. Many of the atrocities as described did happen and leave their scars on the souls of decent men. BUT, in spite of an apparent skill at writing, there is just too much exaggeration to be credible. Some "whippings", described as "500 lashes" or even more, are too much a stretch of imagination. (Even for today's politicians) The poor man's back would, long ago, be stripped to the bone, and the hours of whipping would have to been done by a machine!

    22 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Terrible

    You get so lost in the begginging . It uses weird words tht you cant find the definintion to.

    8 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Boring

    Slow moving History book - Did not enjoy at all

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    To Lies

    So, you think this is fake? What an as<_>s. This is real. This is the stuff they never teach us in school.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Lies

    This book is full of lies and untruth. Anyone that believes any of it is just plain gullible. It is overly dramatic and written only to stir up racial tensions. It is blatantly lies and should never have been published as truth. What a joke.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Envy (2)

    You know what... you're getting on my nerves. Just go away, okay?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    The cat

    The cat howled in pain

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Darkjaguar

    Darkjaguar collapsed to the ground...and let out a wail in a dying like animal way...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Envy2

    Won't be around today. Its only an hour into the day and I already want to die. Just get it over with. Before I get hurt anymore...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Stealthshadow to Travel

    Meh, you're next because someone's avoiding my question. Dang girl...)) A bright light ensues after the sun disappears from sight, eluminating the den. A dark figure appears out of it, his fur matter as if he was unprepared. He pads over to Travel slowly, cautious, not knowing him even though Travel knew him. "Travel," he says. "Glad to meet you. I'm Stealthshadow and I have an important message for you. Please take heed to it." He pauses momentarily to let Travel keep up with his words as he was talking pretty fast. "Seek out the fallen snow within the forest, to return what was lost, love and travels befall at the the flying ash. Beware the unrelenting pelt." He stops, silence pursuing his words. "Good luck," he says softly. "I can offer no more assistance." With that, the bright light surrounds him, covering him, and Stealthshadow disappears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Envy

    I said I get busy and now I'm learning Latin too. And going to bed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Brokn2

    Im going to bed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Cassie

    Hums nervously and begin to cry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Envy

    Ya okay Cassie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Scarlet

    Im movkng.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Meh

    Thats it,keep slavery alive. It's only been150 years. So sick of the race bs. Time for blacks to start taking responsibility for themselves rather than blame whites that have been dead for over 100 years. Their own people sold them into slavery anyway. America, love it or leave it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Poop

    Poop

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Yuk

    Yuk

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    jwag1995@outlook.com

    Add me

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Solia

    It's normal of idiot

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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