Twelve Years a Slave is the harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for 12 years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom. This extraordinary text is the basis for the major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.
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The story is gripping. The narrator brings it to life.
Marvelous voice for the main character
Words that did not require a dictionary or not having to wait until the whole sentence or paragraph was read to know exactly what the author was talking about.
Did not finish the book
Did not finish the book.
Absolutely not. In addition to the disastrous narration, the printed versions have supplemental materials that greatly enhance the work.
Condensing an enormous problem into a personal story.
The narration could have drawn the reader into the story and scenes therein, rather than making the reader feel as if he/she were a member of an audience or congregation listening to a speech or sermon being delivered.
Start to finish, to tell you the truth.
Pick up the book, and enjoy it 10x as much.
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