This book is a tough one. It takes a bit to get used to the writing style and style of language usage. It is not a historical fiction novel. It is the life story of Solomon Northup, written by him when he was finally rescued from slavery. "Perhaps the best written of all slave narratives, 12 Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history." I had a hard time rating it on goodreads - because I wanted to give it a 4, but it wasn't quite a 4. I ended up at 3.5 out 5. Simply because I felt it was an adjustment to the way the story was told, and there were parts that could have been left out and you would still get a feel for his life. For instance, it told in detail the process to plant and process cotton. Not necessary in my opinion to WHAT he was trying to get across. I feel like this is a book that should be read because it is an important part of our history to understand.
This unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family - a wife and two kids. Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south. These are the true accounts of his twelve hard years as a slave - many believe this memoir is even more graphic and disturbing than the film. His extraordinary journey proves the resiliency of hope and the human spirit despite the most grueling and formidable of circumstances.