"Perhaps that was, is, the hope of the movement: to awaken the Dreamers, to rouse them to the facts of what their need to be white, to talk like they"Perhaps that was, is, the hope of the movement: to awaken the Dreamers, to rouse them to the facts of what their need to be white, to talk like they are white, to think that they are white, which is to think that they are beyond the design flaws of humanity, has done to the world. But you cannot arrange your life around them and the small chance of the Dreamers coming into consciousness. Our moment is too brief. Our bodies are too precious. And you are here now, and you must live—and there is so much out there to live for, not just in someone else’s country, but in your own home. The warmth of dark energies that drew me to The Mecca, that drew out Prince Jones, the warmth of our particular world, is beautiful, no matter how brief and breakable."...more
Well-researched, incredibly detailed, and well written. A bit long in parts and not too many note worthy moments. All in all, I enjoyed getting to knoWell-researched, incredibly detailed, and well written. A bit long in parts and not too many note worthy moments. All in all, I enjoyed getting to know John Adams on a personal level, but I wouldn't recommend this biography to anyone unless they specifically wanted to know more about this important figure. ...more
I wasn't going to review this book, but it's been months later and I still think about it, so I thought I'd write a few thoughts down in case anyone eI wasn't going to review this book, but it's been months later and I still think about it, so I thought I'd write a few thoughts down in case anyone else is curious about it.
If you are reading this and are not sure if you should read 12 Years a Slave, I encourage you to give it a chance. I promise you it will leave an impression, and isn't that one of the best things about reading great books?
This book was powerful, not only because of the plot and the events that take place, but because it is written by Solomon Northup, in his own (wonderful) voice.
His voice is what sticks out to me the most. His story is full of despair, heartbreak, pain, loss, and a sliver of hope. The way he recounts these events, his eloquence, how he paints the dialogue, how paragraphs drip with emotion, his thoughts throughout it all--it affected me deeply.
Don't be fooled. Even though Solomon was freed in the end, and was able to return to his family and his home, this story has no happy ending.
Solomon survived, yes, and that is wonderful that he received a second chance, but the rest of the characters he writes about stayed. The rest lived out the remainder of their days in bondage. And that is something I will ever forget.
I will never forget those characters and their stories, knowing that they were real, that this was their life for so many years, that they died there, that they were so unjustly treated. That these plantations, this way of life was normal, and accepted, and expected. That this was someone's life, every day, until they died.
It will weigh on you. It will have you question everything you believe about the human experience, the cruelty of people's actions, the incredulity of it all. You will not only read about how they suffered, but will be forced to read about how they felt, how Solomon viewed their plight, how he pictured his oppressors. You will be forced to look within and it will change you....more