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Solomon Northup
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18 luglio 2013
A first person memoir of Solomon Northup. Northup was an African American born a free man in New York State. He was kidnapped in 1841 , sold into slavery and kept as a slave for 12 years in Louisiana. Originally Published in 1853, the bookdescribes in depth the conditions of slaves. The brutality, dehumanization, and desperation of the situation. The book describes the slave auctions and the cotton plantations in depth. 12 Years a Slave backed up Harriet Beecher Stowe’s fictional, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His first hand account of life as a slave helped fuel the fire started by Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 500 pagine
  • Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edizione (18 luglio 2013)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1491038527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491038529
  • Peso di spedizione: 835 g
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1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Interessante 20 marzo 2014
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il libro illustra li vita degli schiavi nel sud. e piuttosto impegnati vo a causa della crudezza di alcune descrizioni
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3.0 su 5 stelle 12 Years a slave 19 agosto 2014
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E' interessante e coinvolgente per la tristezza della vita dei protagonisti. Purtroppo è ripetitivo.
Tuttavia era mio dovere leggerlo. Ho provato pietà per loro. Ma il mondo continua ad essere ancora invivibile per buona parte dell'umanità.
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5.0 su 5 stelle eyeopener 19 maggio 2014
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this book is a true account of what happened to Solomon Northup, a man born free in the northern State of the U.S when he is deliberately tricked into following his kidnappers who then sell him into slavery in the Southern Staes of the U.S. and prevent him from rebelling by their terrible physical punishment.. he is forced to succumb to his torturers but never stops working out how to escape and return to being a free man again and be reunited with his family ....the description of the life of these slaves and their 'owners' is an eyeopener and is well described and precisely detailed making the book really interesting and difficult to put down.
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1.0 su 5 stelle 12 anni schiavo 17 maggio 2014
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Non mi è piaciuto per il tono lamentoso della narrazione e perchè, a mio avviso, parla della "coda" dello schaivismo: ormai dopo Radici è stato detto tutto.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Truth Shall Set You Free of Lies 17 ottobre 2013
Di Gwennyth - Pubblicato su
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Growing up in the North,I had always found it hard to imagine that slavery not only existed in this country,but flourished.Through the years,I have read many an autobiography or history book concerning slavery and thought I knew it all. And yet I was blind.
Until I read Solomon Northrup's "12 Years a Slave." Where has this book been? It is a masterpiece of history,of one man,one free man's life. A true picture of 'The Old South'.
Mr. Northrup was a free black man with a beautiful wife and two daughters living in Saratoga,NY. He was lured from his home by slave traders who specialized in the awful practice of kidnapping free black citizens and selling them into slavery. Torn from his home and family,Mr.Northrup endured the worst that can happen to a human being,and still live.
And yet,he remained fair and honest,never stooping to the level some of his white masters did.
I am not going to rewrite the book in this review because I recommend reading it for yourself. Slavery was and is a vile institution.
Solomon Northrup is my new inspiration.
This book will shock you. But you will be the better for having read it.
My highest of fives.
163 di 168 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Extraordinary book, but there are better versions on Kindle 12 ottobre 2013
Di J. Johnston - Pubblicato su
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As slave stories go, this one is, in my view, without peer. Northup's s captivating tale -- which has gained attention because of the movie that shares the book's title -- is told in exacting detail with an easy prose. He sets the stage masterfully, describing people and places before proceeding into the narrative. Unlike works of fiction, this book is so compelling because, by all accounts, it is true. There is no polemical axe to grind, as with Uncle Tom (a novel at one point wryly referenced by Northup). Here you see both the brutality of slavery and the moments of kindness by slaves and even some slave owners. Solomon tells the story with clarity and intelligence.

The free versions on other sites I found were pretty poorly formatted, so spending a dollar for a polished version on Amazon is worthwhile, but this one is not the best of them. Granted, the book is formatted adequately, and any typographical errors in this version seem to be simple reproductions of the original.

However, the supporting material is a letdown. I read the version that includes the introduction by novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez. That introduction is borderline insulting, as it makes only a weak attempt to separate accounts with fictional elements like Roots from an authentic account like this one. Worse still, Perkins-Valdez can't resist indulging in repeatedly referencing her own recently released slave novel, even going so far as to quote herself. There are almost no historical elements to this version beyond the main book -- no mention of Northup after the book, no mention of he writer who helped him pen the book, nothing. There is more information on the writer of the introduction than there is the author. One other oddity worth mentioning: the original book's preface -- the one done by the man who helped Northup write the book -- has been curiously excised from this version too. That makes this version something less than complete.

For those looking for a better version, you might consider Twelve Years a Slave - Enhanced Edition by Dr. Sue Eakin Based on a Lifetime Project. New Info, Images, Maps, which contains a robust amount of supporting material and, better still, is right now the same cost as this version.
131 di 141 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Awesome indeed, Please Read This Book! 4 luglio 2000
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I read this entire book in one day. I could not put it down. I came across it while trying to learn more about my town. I was in awe after realizing that all this occured some 15 miles from where I now live. I believe this book would make an excellent movie. The way this free black man was taken and sold into salvery is so sad and if I had not been looking into old new paper articles around the area I would have not believed this story. SO many people want to forget about the history of black people but they shouldn't. I don't think anyone can walk away after reading this book and not feel some sort of compassion for the all the souls lost to slavery.
40 di 41 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Northup's book is GREAT; but this is a shoddy edition 3 dicembre 2013
Di JC 519 - Pubblicato su
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The book itself is great -- absolutely wonderful. But I see that all sorts of folks have rushed it into print in the last month or two, to cash in on the film (which is also great) - This edition is quite cheap and shabby; it doesn't even include page numbers. I'd recommend one of the other editions (although some of them are probably also shabby... but at least look for one from a reputable publisher. And really: the book itself should be considered a classic. It's beautifully written, and powerful in its descriptions and insights.
66 di 72 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A painful, enraging read in American and Louisiana history 19 settembre 2001
Di Haiyu - Pubblicato su
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This is the story of Solomon Northup, in his own words, a citizen of New York kidnapped in 1841 and taken to Louisiana as a slave, where he was found twelve years later on a cotton plantation near the Red River. It is a story that will break your heart as Solomon was torn away from his family for over a decade. According to a quote from 1853, when Solomon first published his memoirs, "Think of it: For thirty years a man, with all a man's hopes, fears and aspirations--with a wife and children to call him by the endearing names of husband and father--with a home, humble it may be, but still a home...then for twelve years a thing, a chattel personal, classed with mules and horses. ...Oh! it is horrible. It chills the blood to think that such are." And indeed, this story will both chill--and boil--your blood.

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