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Sold as a Slave (Penguin Great Journeys)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews
'Great Journeys' allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries and also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. It describes great civilisations, walls of ice, violent jungles, deserts and mountains and multitudes of birds and flowers new to science.
Paperback, 111 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Penguin Books (first published February 1st 2007)
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Samir Rawas Sarayji
This short book is based on passages taken from the longer autobiographical work 'The Interesting Narrative'. The opening paragraph, by way of introduction, tells the reader that the 'famous opening section, dealing with life in Benin, is a fabrication' whereas the rest of the narrative about slavery is authentic. Talk about blending fiction and non-fiction! Publishers today would have a hoot with a made up section of an autobiography.

In any event, the narrative is just that, narrative. It's a g
A few years ago I read the excellent William Wilberforce biography, "Amazing Grace," by Eric Metaxas and was greatly intrigued by the influence of Oloudah Equiano in the campaign to end slavery in the United Kingdom. With a sense of heightened curiousity, I found a copy of his autobiography, "The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African," and devoured it in a short time. This book, "Sold as a Slave," is a republication of sections of his longer biography and covers his account of ...more
Picked this up from the library give-away shelf. Fascinating short novel about the hardships of slavery from first account, but also commentary of the author's extraordinary life and experiences, including being involved in naval battles as he spent a lot of his servitude on naval ships. I had put off reading this book, expecting to be depressed by the harsh situation, but even though there were harrowing recounts (especially in the last 10 pages of the book) I was more astounded by the experien ...more
Not my usual reading matter and I would be loathe to call it 'enjoyable' but my interest is piqued. I am now going to search out his full autobiography.
Just could not get into this one. It seemed like a list of occurrences rather than a narrative I could connect to at heart or in mind.
Will definitely be looking out for the full account. This excerpt was very interesting and heartbreaking.
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Also known as Gustavus Vassa, Olaudah Equiano was one of the most prominent Africans involved in the British movement of the abolition for the slave trade. Although enslaved as a young man, he purchased his freedom and worked as an author, merchant, and explorer in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies, and the United Kingdom.
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