Thursday, January 23, 2014

"12 Years a Slave"

On Sunday we had a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his role in Civil Rights progress in the U.S. The the kids were in school, so for those interested adults we had a private viewing of "12 Years a Slave" to kick off Black History Month in February.

I wish it had been more popular, but not everything is "The Hunger Games" and draws 60+ people.  "12 Years" drew 22, and it's a film that raised many more questions.  Now I feel the need to read Solomon Northup's book to figure out everything I missed... what was his profession?  How did he set up his life in Saratoga?  What was the purpose of his (and others') kidnapping?  How did his family support themselves during his absence?  Why is his place of burial unknown?

It's on my Kindle, with extra background by Sue Eakin, ready to go.  After _Unbroken_ and _The Night Circus_.

1 comment:

  1. I can recommend the book I co-wrote, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.