What can I possibly say about this book that hasn’t already been said? I have not yet seen the movie, preferring to read a book first whenever it’s available. I received an email alert about a freebie promo and decided to grab it. Although at the regular cost of just .49 it’s a steal. Either way, I’m happy I downloaded it.
As most people know, this is the story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color, living in the North during slavery. Solomon is tricked, drugged and sold into slavery. His pleas of being wrongfully enslaved are met with a beating so severe that he keeps his true identity a secret from that point on. For the next twelve years, he’s sold to several ruthless, vicious and despicable slave owners. He’s beaten and mistreated mercilessly, yet he never gives up hope of finally proving who he really is.
This story is absolutely heartbreaking and difficult to read, yet it’s a story that must be told and should be read by everyone. Few could deny that slavery is among the most shameful acts perpetrated by one culture of people upon another. Reading a first-hand account of the atrocities of slavery details a much more compelling depiction than could ever be found in any history book.
Sadly, Solomon’s story isn’t unique, as there were many free people of color who had been sold into slavery by opportunists looking to make money at that time. Yet, his account of his twelve long and torturous years as a slave is a gripping and dramatic journey, as engaging as any novel. I highly recommended reading this book.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton