He has never even heard of a white man, or of Europeans, or of the sea, when one night a small African boy is kidnapped from his village, tied up and put into a sack. From there he finds himself in the hold of a slave ship bound for the West Indies, chained to hundreds of others, longing for death. But Olaudah Equiano does not die. One day he will journey to freedom.
- Back Cover Blurb
(May contain what some contain spoilers, scroll over text to hi-light the full synopsis if you so wish. TT)
The part of Africa, known by the name of Guinea, to which the trade for slaves is carried on, extends along the coast above 3400 miles, from Senegal to Angola, and includes a variety of kingdoms.
- First Sentence, Chapter 1: No Beasts of Husbandry
I no longer looked upon them as spirits but as men superior to us; and therefore I had the stronger desire to resemble them; to imbibe their spirit, and imitate their manners; I therefore embraced very occasion of improvement, and every new thing that I observed I treasured up in my memory.
- Memorable Moment, Page 64
SOURCE ... A set of books given to me by a friend, thanks Jim.
READ FOR ... The 20th of 24 books read for the Mount TBR 2017 Reading Challenge.
MY THOUGHTS ... Part of a Penguin series of books that takes an extract from various larger works. Sold As A Slave is taken from his autobiography, The Interesting Slave, which is considered by some to be one of the greatest documents on the nature of slavery. Odd to me given that we are warned in the introduction that the first portion of the book, the first of its 20 or so 111 pages, is in fact pure fabrication.
What I'd describe as a list of occurrences .... perhaps the price to be paid for reading extracts from a book rather than the book in full ... to me there was no real flow to the narrative
A harrowing read no matter how many times you read such accounts but for me personally there wasn't anything new in the way of the horrors of the slave trade - might I suggest this as an ideal primary source to begin reading about such events. However what is different is that rather than set in America this chronicles the life of a slave who ended up in England and, in parts, details life aboard a naval ship.