Twelve Years a Slave (NOOK Edition)

Twelve Years a Slave (NOOK Edition)

by Solomon Northup

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In this autobiography, Solomon Northup gives the reader a detailed account of the lives of the slave community, having been kidnapped into slavery himself in 1841.

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BN ID: 2940152130065
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,138
File size: 773 KB

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Twelve Years a Slave (NOOK Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to address comments made in a previous review stating that it is unbelievable that a black man in 1853 would have the knowledge and ability to write such a book. Mr. Northup was a literate man and had the reviewer read the editor's notes at the beginning of the book, they would have known that Mr. Northup provided a narrative (spoken word) account of his story that the editor then compiled into this book. Secondly, the reviewer indicated that this book provided a very one sided view of slave masters; that being that they were all cruel. That is untrue. Mr. Northup mention the kindness of several slave owners. Unfortunately, for him, most of his servitude was spent under the ownership of a very violent and often, drunken master. He even stated that he could not speak to the nature of all slave owners, but was only conveying his own experiences. To say one believes that the type of inhumane treatment of slaves portrayed in this book did not occur or was a rarity, is similar to people who refuse to believe the holocaust was a real event. While it is difficult for civilized people to imagine the inhumanity that was perpetrated upon slaves, it is a sad and horrific fact in our nation's history. To try to deny that mistreatment occured or was commonplace is the same blind eye mentality that allowed slavery to thrive in our nation. Regardless of the physical abuse suffered by those enslaved, the fact that they were stripped of their most basic rights to control their own destinies is a terrible mistreatment and injustice. And, in case one wonders, I am white and have lived most of my life in Texas, not in some northern, abolitionist state. This book paints a very troubling, heart wrenching picture of the terrifying, exhausting life many slaves endured. The fact that they were able to survive such abuse is amazing. Until reading Mr. Northup's account of his kidnapping, I had no idea that such occurrences were fairly common to free men. His story is eye opening and haunting. I can't help but wonder what punishment was heaped upon the remaining slaves, especially Patsy, when Mr. Northup was removed from the plantation. This book is so compelling, I can see why someone felt moved to make a movie to share the story. The writing style and some of the language is somewhat archaic making for a slower read, but the story is worth the extra effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real first-hand account of 19th century slavery. This is something the likes of which at least I never read before - and not only is it 'unique' , but it's incredibly well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, easy read. Story of a free black man who ws kidnapped amd sold into slavery. He carefully explains thr circumstances of his servitude and of his eventual release.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Astounding read. I couldn't put it down, even at 1:30 in the morning when I couldn't sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like it or not, in denial or not, this is an honest telling of one man's journey through hell. It is an important tale, and contrary to some reviews shows a fair view of southern states for the time. He encounters angels alongside demons, and keeps your attention the whole way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Considering this was written by a layman it was excellent. I really found his words true descriptive and gave me a front row insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tad difficult to read as one poster said, but very worth your time.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Good read. Now to watch the movie.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book educates the reader to the injustices inflicted on human beings by inhuman slave owners.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Whoever the writer, it's a gift that we have a clear record of this horrific time.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous 6 months ago
excellent%21%0A
Anonymous 8 months ago
I could not put the book down. It was very eye opening. Moved me to tears.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Despite the horrendous subject matter, this is an excellent read. I feel that this tome should be included in high school English classes.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Very good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What goes around comes around. I can't say I enjoyed the book...it was painful and disturbing to the heart and mind. Mans inhumanity to man....to be MADE to endure such treatment unforgivable. Hopefully man will never again practice anything resembling this time in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Really enjoyed it! His personal account of slavery and his thoughts on the people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Painful reading. Great detail of chattel slavery that existed in the history and building of America.
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Apples story is awsome
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Anonymous 6 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could put it down.