Twelve years a slave

This book is set in the 1840s and 50s in the USA, more specifically between the states of NY and Louisiana. It tells the story of a free African-American man who is taken as a prisioner and kept as a slave for twelve years.

Even though the book follows the chronological course of events in a very tight manner, in my opinion, it is divided into three separate parts. In the first few chapters, we meet an ordinary free man living with his family. We then know that he is an skilled professional who can ven play the violin. Secondly, the bulk of this autobiographical piece of narrative is devoted to a very through and detailed account of his emprisionment years. To end up with, the author includes some official documents and events that helped his liberation.

About the style, I would say that is is written in a quite old fashioned way, but also in a rather plain and comprehensible English. In this biography of himself, he endevours to convey his own feeling and experiences in a way that it is as close to the real story as possible, but he devotes though so many pages to talk about so many places, tasks at work, seasons, memories and situations, that it eventually becomes a very neat piece of literature.

I would strongly recomment this book as a means to understand a little bit more about the evil side of human beings and let History teach us something.

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About José Juan Herrerías

I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language in Spain. I work at a secondary school. I really enjoy learning and teaching English. One of the best ways of doing so, is reading and writing. Express myself through the books I read.
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