Different Drummer

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Twelve Days a Slave by Solomon Northrup

“...So we passed, handcuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington, through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man's inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!” 

We met Thursday, January 23 at Sandy's home to discuss Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup. Darlene, Carolyn, Suzanne, Brittany, Paula, and Sandy attended.  

Our discussion echoed Ann's thoughts so closely, that I will use her comments here:

"I really enjoyed the book.  I wasn't looking forward to reading it because I thought it would be depressing.  I found it just the opposite.  I was really impressed with how optimistic Solomon was despite his situation. 
I will never understand how people justified treating other people in ways described in the book.  I asked Matt if it was because we didn't grow up in that environment that we don't understand?  I thought the story about Eliza and her two kids was so sad.  It was heartbreaking to read. 
I was also sad to read that Solomon's story wasn't an isolated case.  It's hard to imagine that men would be so evil as to pull other men and boys away from their families for what?  A few dollars?  Is that what someone's life is worth?  I wondered how this could happen.  How could Northern citizens be kidnapped and nothing be done about it?  I guess even in the North blacks (is this the politically correct term?) were free but not much better off.  Solomon was extremely fortunate to have family and connections. 
Overall, I thought the book was great.  I've recommended it to several people."

For refreshments we had cornbread, bacon and water which was the mainstay of the slaves' diet. 

Our next book club will be Thursday, February 26th at 8:00 p.m. at Carolyn's home

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