2017/01/18

BOOK REVIEW:
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE BY SOLOMON NORTHUP

Title: Twelve Years A Slave
Author: Solomon Northup
Published: 1853
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
This is a harrowing memoir from one of the darkest periods in American history: it's the story of Solomon, a man born free who was lured into slavery and spent 12 years in bondage.


Review:
What a singular book this is!

This book is powerful, fascinating, distressing and heartbreaking. It gives an interesting and important look into both history and humanity. One can help but think, when reading books like these: how can people do these things to one another?

I do realise that some parts in this book may be a bit boring to some people - such as passages on cotton planting and harvesting - but I think it's helpful to remember that this isn't a novel. Personally, I thought those parts, although dry, offered up something essential.

This book is important because it offers up an insight into the perspective of one person on a part of recent history. It is not without it's fault, but neither are people. I know some readers of this compares it to other narratives from the same period, but I feel like it's crucial to remember that people are different and experience things differently. This is one mans experience, one very much worth learning about.
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