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.
Although it’s hard to “get into” due to the “wordage” it is an amazing story. Couldn’t put it down. A book to keep on the book shelf55
This was an excellent book. The kind you don’t want to stop reading. Very well written that I could almost visualize what occurred.55
The true story of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery. Vivid description of his experiences and emotions during his 12-year captivity, culminating in his liberation. Quite an emotional experience for the reader- anger, hope, suspense, and final elation. Highly recommended.55
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!!!!55
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!55
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!55
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!55
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!55
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.45
Awesome book, real page turner.55