12 Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0007580428 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ukcanaus of Melbourne, Victoria Australia on 9/28/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by ukcanaus from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Sunday, September 28, 2014

'Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman's chain was round me, and could not be shaken off.'

1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State - with no hope of ever seeing them again - and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape in 1853.

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 true-life testament of 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.


I read a library copy earlier this year; the story is amazing and inspiring.

Journal Entry 2 by ukcanaus at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 29, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (9/29/2014 UTC) at Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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Sent as a (Not So) RABCK today; hope you find it as inspiring and unforgettable as I did!

Journal Entry 3 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, December 25, 2014
Brilliant, you do know how to pick books for me. I didn't see the film, thus I really look forward to the book.

Journal Entry 4 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Saturday, March 12, 2016
What an amazing and gripping book! This is a part of the American history which I do like to dip into, and this was another brutal meeting to the time. I felt the book very honest, and the characters did find a way into my heart.

In addition, me being a scatterbrain, I didn't actually realise the book was a biography!

Journal Entry 5 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Sunday, December 18, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (12/15/2016 UTC) at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway

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Journal Entry 6 by wingBAMPwing at Linköping, Östergötland Sweden on Friday, September 28, 2018
I'm ashamed, but I have to admit that I made a big mistake in February last year. After reading the book and writing a JE, I managed to remove the book from my bookshelf and it looks like I never got it, but it was a Christmas gift from Haugtussa 2016.

Thank you to both, ukcanaus and Haugtussa, who made it possible for me to read this book

I'll never forget the interesting and moving story of Solomon Northup.

Journal Entry 7 by wingBAMPwing at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 28, 2018

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Journal Entry 8 by wingNordpiratwing at Bromma, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, October 01, 2018
Book chosen after having read only the first page, not knowing which book it is. When I read that page, this was one of the books I was guessing, but I wasn't sure. I'm very glad I chose it.

Journal Entry 9 by wingNordpiratwing at Bromma, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, January 21, 2019
A most fascinating biography.

Journal Entry 10 by wingNordpiratwing at Söderhallarna in Södermalm, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, January 21, 2019

Released 5 mos ago (1/21/2019 UTC) at Söderhallarna in Södermalm, Stockholm Sweden

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