12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In) by Solomon Northup

12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In)

bySolomon Northup, Steve McQueen, Henry Louis Gates...

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2013

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The official movie tie-in edition to the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and directed by Steve McQueen
New York Times bestseller

“I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank’s Diary, only published nearly a hundred years before. . . . The book blew [my] mind: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror, and the humanity. . . . I hope my film can play a part in drawing attention to this important book of courage. Solomon’s bravery and life deserve nothing less.” —**Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, from the Foreword**
Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.
After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

Title:12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0698161491

ISBN - 13:9780698161498

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from ????? A free man tricked with the offer of a job in New York, was sold into slavery in Louisiana. Over 12 years he faced forced labour, scant food with savagery from his owners. Movie was amazing in bringing forward courage and strength to keep going.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read A free man tricked with the offer of a job in New York, was sold into slavery in Louisiana. Over 12 years he faced forced labour, scant food with savagery form his owners. Movie was amazing in bringing forward courage and strength to keep going.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I enjoyed the reading this book and recommend it a great read for anyone who wants to understand what those who were enslaved had to go through.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable! Very upsetting. Hard to believe humans could be treated that badly. I wouldn't treat my horse anything like this.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom Very good book. Sad story
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So true Shows the depravity of man against man. Hard to believe events like this happened but they did and this book eloquently relays them. I like the fact that all events can be checked out with records and shown as true.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years a Slave This was an amazing read if such word could be used to describe the story by which it tells.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years A Slave This is fascinating book about one of the most horrid practices in our Great Nation! Well worth the read!
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 YEARS A SLAVE This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The fact that it is a true story makes it very compelling. The author let you know exactly how terrible life was for a slave without going into graphic and sickening details. A very well told true story. I am looking forward to watching the movie and hope it closely followed the book.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A remarkable story of perseverance After watching the film I really wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. It truly is a remarkable story of perseverance. The book also includes more background information than the film that really rounds out the story and the history. I really enjoyed reading and learning about Mr. Northup's journey to freedom, and would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie This was better than the movie because book Solomon is proactive character and quite a badass. Unlike the movie where he was too passive and nothing really happened, the book flows much better and main character is very engaging. There are thrilling scenes such as when he espaces into marshes and dodges alligators, and there are scenes that show his great cunning, such as when he was made a slave driver and thought slaves how to appear that he was flogging them when he was only pretending. There are many examples of his dynamic character that haven't bene included into the movie since it was too focused on passive suffering than anything else. This is highly recommendable book especially if you saw the movie and have wrong impression about Solomon. Do him juctice and read his own account.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a world we live in! I enjoyed reading this book, very compelling and touching story! A dreadful but much needed look into the life as a slave. My only comment is based on the language used in the book, sometimes making it difficult to follow but do keep in mind that this story takes place in the mid 1800's! Thank you for sharing 12 years of your life we us Mr Northup, I hope you are now resting in piece.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years a Slave You won't find this story anywhere else: a story about African-American slavery written by a man who was both free and a slave; a story of slave owners, both kind-hearted and cruel; and a story about how depravity as a societal norm affects the generations. You won't find this story anywhere else, so read this book. Solomon Northup was born a free man. Educated and hard-working, he thrived, married and had children in the free state of New York. In 1841, two men lured him to Washington, D.C., drugged him and psychologically terrorized him with beatings, and sold him into slavery. The beatings the men inflicted on Northup worked. Terrified of revealing his true identity and his status as a free man, he spent twelve years in Louisiana as a slave on cotton plantations. Driven to find a way to return home but with few options or resources available to him, he laboured, endured punishments, inflicted punishments, and bore witness to the trap that is slavery. Northup published his account of life in slavery to inform 19th Century Americans about all aspects of the practice. He emphasized several themes: He discouraged anyone from believing that slaves didn't understand or desire freedom. Too many people at the time said that slaves had food and a roof over their head, so they neither needed nor desired anything else. Northup made it clear that this was not so. "They do not fail to observe the difference between their own condition and the meanest of white man's, and to realize the injustice of the laws which place it in his power . . ." He wrote about the de-humanizing impact of the cruelty of slave-owners. The repeated beatings and whippings caused men to behave more "like savages than civilized and enlightened beings." "The existence of Slavery in its most cruel form among them has a tendency to brutalize the humane and finer feelings of their nature." Immune to the suffering of others, the violence begat more violence in a horrific cycle. He described his helpless feeling when forced to play his own part in the brutality. Slaves beating slaves was part of the psychological torment. Northup observed sadly the passing on of prejudice from one generation to the next. Sons, daughters, and wives learned how to treat their slaves cruelly by observing the owners and overseers. The slave owners not only taught family members to beat and whip slaves, they encouraged such behaviour. "The effect of these exhibitions of brutality on the household of the slave-holder, is apparent. Epps' [a slave owner] oldest son is an intelligent lad of ten or twelve years of age. It is pitiable, sometimes, to see him chastising, for instance, the venerable Uncle Abram. He will call the old man to account, and if in his childish judgment it is necessary, sentence him to a certain number of lashes, which he proceeds to inflict . . . he often rides into the field with his whip playing the overseer, much to his father's delight." In 1853, Northup regained his freedom (with the help of a Canadian, I'm proud to say), and more than a century and a half later, Northup's concerns still need addressing. The passing on of racist attitudes from generation to generation means that African-Americans still face discrimination today. Slavery isn't an accepted part of the economic order in North American anymore, but slavery and human trafficking still exist. The perpetrators still behave "more like savages than enlightened human beings." Sadly, Northup's book is just as necessary today as it was in 1853. Read it, not because it's timeless, authentic and eloquent, but because its narrator will charm you, his objective fairness will impress you, and his truths still need to be told.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An eye opener Was surprised on many levels....for the educated voice of Simon; for the level of cruelty toward the black people of the South; for the attitudes of the whites of the South.  A captivating story that should become a classic and compulsory reading for students.  Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 12 Years A Slave This book provides excellent insight as to how horrible it must have been to live such a life - especially when the slave owners could beat the slaves senseless simply because they could - I wonder how far we have come since those days...
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years A Slave No man has ever shown such determination or lack of blaming others for his situation. His is forever hopeful and optimistic in what can only be described as pure torture. He gives hope to everyone around him and will not let his spirit be beaten down, both literally and figuratively . Will definately re-read this book again Well written Thank you
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Years A Slave Brilliantly wrote,a tale of loss and triumph,I could not put this down and the words I have read will stay with me forever.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Retired Did not enjoy reading this book. Thought it was very hard to read, not because of the subject matter but because of the way it was written, language wise. Maybe the movie will be better.
Date published: 2014-01-06