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Yes, I would recommend this book -- but, depending on the person. It really is a very bothersome story and the severe cruelty is detailed throughout the book. The black cloud cast by it lingered for sometime after I finished. The same was true for the movie. I was glad I read the audiobook and watched the movie, but am not sure I could ever do either again. It brought a lot of history to light. Although I knew of the war, of course, it provided me additional layers of knowledge for which I have an appreciation. There were times that I held my breath; out loud said, "Oh, noooo!"; and shook my head. The story grabbed me. I was completely absorbed.
Solomon, but all of the characters were very well defined.
I haven't listened to other Gosset's performances, but would not hesitate to do so. He is excellent.
A film has already been made, released in December 2013.
Yes - definitely. Great combination of a historical account and a compelling story.
Several parts stick out for me. One of my favorite parts is the account of his kidnapping and imprisonment. The story drew me in and took me on the journey from surprise, through acceptance and all the other emotions that he experienced.
I lost myself in his performance. I had the opportunity to listen on a long road trip that seemed to end too soon.
First is that such an incredible story is true and autobiographical. Yes, it is tragic, but the author intermingled the sweet with the bitter, so that the sweet became "comic relief" to the bitter and gave hope, although for some of Solomon Northrup's fellow kidnapping victims, hope came in relief after a too short life. His talent with the violin was part of that relief on the light side. The versatility and cleverness of Solomon, but also his refusal to suffer extraordinary abuse, along with his resourcefulness, added continuous interest to his story. The story is so well told and read...I often "rewound" and would re-listen to parts. I can hardly wait to see the 4-star movie version.
Possibly The Island Beneath the Sea, but that one is a number of individual stories along with one of the masses and is fiction.
Of course Solomon.
A slave beyond slavery...
Listen to it, if you haven't! I read about what is supposably happened to him after he was freed. His talents continued with his doing public speaking and he bought a property, but he became reckless and ambitious, and lost his property and wealth. It is conjectured that he may have gone in quest of the gold in the gold rush to the west. He was obviously never the same man as before being kidnapped.
The whole thing was great. I'm so happy he lived to tell his story.
There were parts that made me teary.
This story is nothing short of amazing. This book took me into the hardships and everyday life of freeborn man who was kidnapped in the the horrible world of slavery. The book was not written with hate. It was written as an account of an individuals personal experience.
I highly recommend this book.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I saw the INCREDIBLE film… and I knew I had to read this book. It is lovingly narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr. (I met him one time!) and the story is just as gripping and moving and horrible/wonderful as the film. AND! If you loved the book, do not be afraid to see the film… it is a VERY faithful re-creation of the book. It is an AMAZING story of loss, anger, submission, living on nothing but wits, endurance and redemption. It's a book to be experienced. It's a "must-read".
It deserves a place on your shelf or in your Audible library right along with The Known World by Edward P Jones and Beloved by the incomparable Toni Morrison. It's WAY better than Uncle Tom's Cabin and much better than The Confessions of Nat Turner….
Get it! Listen to it! Love Soloman Northup! You will not regret reading this memoir.
This is an excellent, first-hand account of slavery in the American south written by a man who was kidnapped from his home in New York State and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Solomon Northup's story is a heartrending story of a man's patient fight for survival and freedom. Even his fair portrayal of 2 kind masters cannot balance the years he suffers in unrelenting, back-breaking labor, the unfathomable cruelty and unbelievable brutality of several of his masters, and his constant deep longing for freedom and his family. Louis Gossett, Jr.'s narration is as expert as you would expect. It is not a "performance" read, which I think works well with a first-person point of view.
I loved this story... it was reminicient of Federick Douglass. The story is very well read, Gossett is great! I can hardly wait to see the movie. A TERRIFIC LISTEN!
Solomon is my favorite character because when he was in charge of the slaves he found his way around the beatings.
His tone of voice makes everything come to life.
I was fascinated by the evolving account of everything that transpired from kidnap into slavery to return to freedom, family and life. The reader takes the journey and endures the cruelty and despair. The day to day life of a slave is not one of sloth. It's one of industry and life preseverance. Louis Gosset, Jr's narration made it hard to put the book down.Highly, well-developed descriptive writing /oral history skill.
I will certainly listen and read this book again and will recommend it highly to others.
Solomon Northrop -- he was inventive, courageous, and acted with considerable integrity and grace. He delivered his promise to be candid and only relate what he personally witnessed and experienced.
Bass listening to Solomon's / Platt's story -- signalled the end of Solomon's suffering was near.
First-hand Account of a Free Black Man's Kidnap and Journey Back From Slavery
The stories of the other slaves were equally interesting and touching. The Afterword describing Sue Ekin's historian's fascination with what was an out-of-print jewel, was important to include. I have ordered the print book for my library.
To think that this is a true story is just heartbreaking. And of course heart warming in the end. I had never heard of this book until recently, probably because of the recent movie based on this story. I have not yet seen the movie, but am looking forward to seeing it soon.
This man, Solomon Northup, deserves respect and admiration from everyone. He handled his situation about as well as it could be handled, but more importantly, he never gave up his hope of freedom and seeing his wife and children again. Intelligent, well-spoken, and classy in so many ways, he was despised by lesser white men who were determined to hold him down and to claim that they "owned him."
Many nations can look back on certain parts of their history with shame and embarrassment, and the USA is no exception. Slavery is a mark upon us and our history that we have to live with, but we don't have to perpetuate. Although we as a nation and a people have come a long way since 1853, there are still those who continue to hate and mistreat others because the color of their skin is not to their liking. This can be said of people on both sides of the issue. Isn't it about time that this whole nonsense stop and we fulfill the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and love people because of the content of their character? Let's teach our children to be better than this horrendous history that destroyed so many valuable lives. It is really the only way we can affect a true change.
Louis Gossett Jr. is an amazing narrator, at times making me believe that he was Solomon Northup. Certainly he must have known the man, and yet it is not possible. So good!!!