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Oxford Convention 2015

12 Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by wingearthcaroleannewing of Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on 11/11/2015
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingearthcaroleannewing from Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Journal Entry 2 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape. First published in 1853, this extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. It is a testament to one man's courage and conviction in the face of unfathomable injustice and brutality; its influence on the course of American history cannot be overstated.

The events which were described in this novel are overwhelming and give the reader a detailed picture of how America looked back then regarding the racial divide. The story is even more shocking when we remember that main character was born as free man, was educated and had a family being father of three children. The fact he was educated is perhaps the only good thing in this whole situation, because he was able to tell his story unlike countless of other illiterate slaves. To think that any living being could withstand such pain and to think that there existed people who can inflict such cruelty. Due to the fact that this novel was written more than century and half ago, its style can feel a bit dated, using linguistic structure and writing that is characteristic for that period. For once, I may be tempted to say the film was better as I was a little bored with the explanations of cotton or sugar cane picking but it was a while ago.

 


Journal Entry 3 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Edinburgh Book Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, August 12, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (8/13/2016 UTC) at Edinburgh Book Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 4 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Journal Entry 5 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, September 15, 2017

8 out of 10

A very powerful read. It's so important to remember the history of slavery in the USA. I can't imagine what it must be like to know that your ancestors suffered in ways such as this. No wonder it still affects the politics of today. 


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