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Best Directing - Oscar Nominations 2014

Lamentablemente se llevó el Oscar por el mensaje moralista, para quedar bien. Tiene buenos aciertos, como la actuación de Lupita Nyong'o, pero nada extraordinario. 7/10

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12 Years a Slave: Who was Solomon Northup

12 Years a Slave: Who was Solomon Northup? There were always those who claimed Northup's tale was an exaggeration, written as anti-slavery propaganda. "After he was freed, there is documentation of his attempt to secure legal redress against his kidnappers. It was a bitter experience for him because in the nation's capital, Washington DC, Solomon's colour meant he wasn't allowed to testify. So the court case got nowhere but the paperwork is now a big help to historians."

from Signature Reads

Your Required 2014 Academy Awards Reading

12 Years a Slave - Intense. Horrifying. A must see. No smoothing over just an incredibly sad and horrifying story. Hats off to all involved in bringing this to the big screen-Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, etc.


"I can't believe we've reached the end of the Divergence series...we need to find some more YA fiction novels...."


'12 Years a Slave' Book and Film to be Taught in High Schools

'12 Years a Slave' Book - Excellent - The most credible and telling contemporaneous portrait of American slavery. In 1841, Solomon Northup was betrayed, kidnapped, and sold as a slave in the pre-Civil War South. This is the true, shocking story of the twelve years Northup spent in slavery. A testimony to the strength of one man's spirit and his remarkable will to survive.


Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup ($0.99) The book tells the true story of Solomon Northup from his viewpoint. - Still makes me sad that people in our country were ever treated in such an abhorrent manner! - This is a very well written book.

Solomon Northup after his 12 years a slave.....

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup ($0.99) The book is very descriptive of Solomon's journey from a free man to his ordeal of being kidnapped into slavery. - Once you got used to the authors form of speaking, I found the book very well written, with excellent characterization. - This book will shock you.

Solomon Northup, in 1808 als vrij man geboren in New York, wordt in 1841 ontvoerd en in het Zuiden verkocht als slaaf. Twaalf jaar lang werkt hij op plantages in Louisiana, vaak onder de meest wrede omstandigheden, altijd in de hoop zijn vrijheid terug te winnen. In 1853 komt Northup eindelijk vrij. In datzelfde jaar verschijnt 12 jaar slaaf, zijn eigen aangrijpende relaas van zijn gevangenschap in een van de donkerste periodes uit de Amerikaanse geschiedenis.

12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen (another beautiful and tragic movie. officially have seen all of McQueen's movies)