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The official movie tie-in edition to the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and directed by Steve McQueen
 
New York Times bestseller


“I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank’s Diary, only published nearly a hundred years before. . . . The book blew [my] mind: the epic range, the details, the adventure, the horror, and the humanity. . . . I hope my film can play a part in drawing attention to this important book of courage. Solomon’s bravery and life deserve nothing less.” —Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, from the Foreword
 
Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.
 
After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

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    12 Years a Slave

    This was an amazing read if such word could be used to describe the story by which it tells.

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    12 Years A Slave

    This book provides excellent insight as to how horrible it must have been to live such a life - especially when the slave owners could beat the slaves senseless simply because they could - I wonder how far we have come since those days...

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    No man has ever shown such determination or lack of blaming others for his situation. His is forever hopeful and optimistic in what can only be described as pure torture. He gives hope to everyone around him and will not let his spirit be beaten down, both literally and figuratively . Will definately re-read this book again Well written Thank you

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    Brilliantly wrote,a tale of loss and triumph,I could not put this down and the words I have read will stay with me forever.

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    Did not enjoy reading this book. Thought it was very hard to read, not because of the subject matter but because of the way it was written, language wise. Maybe the movie will be better.

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