Twelve Years a Slave - Solomon Northup

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

  • Release Date: 2013-09-17
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
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From 1,292 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery. This beautifully designed ebook edition of Twelve Years a Slave features an introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Wench.

Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor, he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free.

In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound, did he realize the strangers were kidnappers—that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's life as a slave. Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse." Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kind-hearted stranger who changed the course of his life. With its first-hand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.

Reviews

  • Amazing book

    5
    By Great yas yeah haba
    Such an amazing book, after finishing I came to a thought and conclusion this really happened to someone for 12 years. Not only did this happen to Mr. Northup but also countless of other African Americans. However, they may have not had the same outcome as Mr. Northup did. Such an amazing book!!!!
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    5
    By The worm with a perm
    I was so shocked with the content of the book that I checked twice to see if it really was non fiction. Although I am not indigenous to the USA, it made me ashamed to be a white human being. Beautifully written by a man who has every right to be angry and bitter with the world but instead chose to embrace his rightful freedom - absolutely inspiring!
  • A great book!

    5
    By Clevelands
    This book should be a requirement in every school! A factual picture of the awful system of slavery from someone who'd always been free! The book draws you in. Very descriptive. So glad he was able to regain his freedom!
  • Impacts our lives today

    5
    By Gramsybaby
    This is a true story about this man and he tells us about everything that happened as a slave. This book can relate to our day lives and how we need to treat everyone equally! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
  • Profound story!

    5
    By Wuzntme74
    An amazing story! Very sad but happy in the end. I think they could've taken Epps and his wife out in the middle of the night, but they had been brainwashed by whites, the whip, and whites using the bible against them. How horrible! Solomon Northup is the real American Hero. No other!
  • Long, difficult journey

    4
    By cjones
    This was a very powerful book. However, the narrative style was difficult to immerse myself in. I am normally a fast reader. If it's a juicy book, I can easily devour it in a day or day. However, this was not the case here. I started this book in November 2013. Over time, I read it here and there, until I finally finished it in January 2014. I normally do not torture myself with such slow reading, but this was a man's accounting of his painful participation in history and it was a chance to get the message firsthand from a man that experienced it. So instead of rushing, I highlighted passages, took notes, and pondered his life. I sometimes set this book aside to look up facts regarding slavery, things the writer mentioned. Reading this has left a mark on my mind and my soul. This is a reminder that freedom is a precious gift. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I'm going to wait a bit. I'm not ready just yet. This journey needs to sink in... If you pick up this book, I highly recommend you stick with it. The reward of enlightenment is worth it.
  • 12 years a slave

    5
    By F.joe
    Awesome book, real page turner.
  • A lLittle bit if a hard read...

    5
    By Temoring
    But worth every word. Enjoyed it. Heart wrenching.
  • 12 Years A Slave

    5
    By KCRA groupie
    Sad but wonderful read! A little hard to read, author used "old English" type words. Very enlightening. Brought each character to life.
  • 12 Years a Slave

    5
    By Bitasmalls
    ....not a dry eye do I have. This story - the story of slavery on American soil is such a crime. A crime not talked about enough and not passed down to children. The stories, as sad and heartbreaking as they are, need to be shared. These stories can shed light on racism and it's ugliness.