The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African

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  • Title: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African
  • Author: Olaudah Equiano
  • ISBN: 2940012002785
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Nook
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    1. Olaudah Equiano and his interesting narrative provide an insight into a time and situation that few people survived to record or recall, and those that did survive were rarely ever literate. For this reason, and so many others, Equiano (or Gustavus Vassa as he was later christened) has a unique story to tell.Kidnapped from his home in an Ibo village (Nigeria),Equiano is enslaved by people of his own race and traded between tribal groups for over nine months before he finally makes it to the coas [...]

    2. Generally regarded as one of the best slave narratives ever written, the book is Equiano describing his life, beginning with how he was kidnapped in Africa at age 11 and sold into slavery. The interesting thing about this book is that Equiano doesn't just survive the Middle Passage, but actually crosses the Atlantic multiple times, traveling from South America to England to the American Colonies to the Caribbean to the Middle East, all while trying to win his freedom. It's a passionate anti-slav [...]

    3. My wife was so excited when she found out I was reading this, because she says she now knows the worst possible answer to "What are you into?" "I'm pretty into 18th-century slave narratives." It's a good thing I'm already married, she says. Worst Tinder profile ever.Anyway, so I'm pretty into 18th-century slave narratives. That mostly just means this one book, the first major slave narrative, which was a ginormous success when it was published in 1789, going to eight editions and remaining conti [...]

    4. I went through a variety of stages while reading this book. First, I was very interested. The opening 40 pages drew me in. I was taken with this small boy being ripped from everything he knew. Then, Gustavus Vassa's interesting life got really boring. The story itself was riveting, but the writing was difficult to get through. It is, probably, typical of the time, but not for my own 21st century tastes. I powered through, because I think that this is, historically, an important book to read. Vas [...]

    5. Now that was, indeed, an interesting narrative! The narrative may have been written in the language of the times, but even that had a hard time making this one boring. From slavery to freedom, to various sea voyages (England to America to the Arctic to Africa and back again) and disasters just barely escaping with his life and freedom. Definitely one we should have read in school!

    6. DNF at 13 percent.I feel bad for not finishing this, but this whole book has been a struggle, which is why it sat on my currently reading shelf for months.The book is a stream of consciousness writing by Olaudah Equiano. Mr. Equiano also known as Gustavus Vassa was a prominent African living in London. He was a freed slave that supported the British movement to end the slave trade. This autobiography is considered to be one of the main reasons that the the Slave Trade Act of 1807 ended up being [...]

    7. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano (1789)in: theguardian/books/201

    8. For some reason, human suffering has always been slowly and steadily insinuating itself into what I enjoy reading. Sometimes though, the understanding of it does not seem universal anymore, at least, not like it used to be. Sympathy is not as strong as it once was, but in my house and home, I was raised to believe that all creatures were made equal, well, the human ones anyhow. A contemporary novel(and quite a thick one too!), Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese was a touching decendant of thi [...]

    9. This was assigned reading for university. It mostly seemed long. Although there is no doubt that Olaudah Equiano had a very interesting and testing life, and has achieved and experience much, my personal interest was lost at some moments. He travels a lot and this is a travel narrative, but I'm not into sailing much. I was interested in the moments about how slaves and he himself were treated. Yet this just wasn't the read for me

    10. What a life! The author apologises if the reader finds his story a bit dull, and maintains that it is only because he sticks strictly to the truth with no embellishments. But the truth sometimes beggars belief, and it is frankly astonishing that a life so full of wild adventure and changing fortunes can be rendered so dry and unexciting. Apparently practically everything in these memoirs can be backed up and documented by other sources, so the reader can only marvel and not disbelieve. And I wou [...]

    11. This is from my son Dallin, age 12, who read the book:I learned that you should control your temper. If you are mad at someone and start beating up on them it's your own fault if they don't listen to you. They won't listen to you because you have been beating up on them. i learned that the Africans had slaves among themselves. Equiano was a great man. He was the most famous anti-slavery man in England. Even more than William Wilberforce. England was a safer place for slaves to be than the West I [...]

    12. Chilling account of a man born free in Africa, sold into slavery, spends most of life on the high seas, and finally acquires freedom. He experiences the treatment of blacks in its myriad forms on 3 continents. I was struck by how singularly good he is, how thoroughly honest, even relating some flubs. This adds considerably to its validity, which for me is important viz. historicity.Since his thoughts are mostly clear and compassionate, we have a few jewels of expression :"Cowardice is ever the c [...]

    13. Olaudah Equiano wrote his memoir in 1789 as a two-volume work. Following the publication of his book, he traveled throughout Great Britain as an abolitionist and author. He married Susanna Collen in 1792, and had two daughters. Equiano died in London in 1797.The first part of the book describes Equiano’s native African culture and countryside. He was born in Eboe, in what is now Nigeria. He tells of his capture as a child along with his sister and being sold into slavery. He was sent to the We [...]

    14. A look into the life of a man stolen from Africa and his journey from that point. I loved his thoughtful tribute to his country and his family in the beginning. The middle was a little hard to get through unless you are into sailing. But the book overall provided a unique look into the life of a slave at that time. And helps build a bigger picture of the realities of that time.

    15. A moving slave narrative, a heartfelt confession of faith, a thought-provoking historical record, and a seafaring adventure story all in one. It gets a little slow at times due to the period language, but it's a thoroughly absorbing read.

    16. Slave narrative, written by an African man who was kidnapped, age about 10, and sold into slavery, eventually, he buys his freedom, moves to England, writes this book. It was first published in 1789.…The author is an intelligent honest person, navigating through life, slavery, learning English and many skills, becoming a Christian and abolitionist. The language is simple and archaic, and there is a certain charming naïveté, combined with a smart brain. I liked his arguments for better treatm [...]

    17. nwhytevejournal/1834848This is the autobiography of an 18th-century slave, sold from his home in West Africa as a child to work on the West Indian fleet and around the Anglophone Atlantic shores, before becoming a freeman, missionary and political activist. It's an absolutely riveting first-hand account, not only for the awful conditions of slavery (and indeed for freed blacks) in the British empire of the day, but also because of Equiano's unabashed enthusiasm for naval combat (reminiscent of P [...]

    18. It is impossible to read this without being moved with a sense of pity at the sufferings the author underwent, revulsion at the institution of slavery, and anger at the injustice and discrimination he endured. The horrors of slavery are of course well known, but I was not prepared for the breathtaking injustices which continue to be visited on the author even once he gains his freedom. The Law, which was in any case deeply unjust, is discarded with impunity by the white oppressors. As a free man [...]

    19. The autobiography of an 18th-century slave (primarily a sailor, not a plantation hand), starting with his capture as a boy in west Africa. The striking thing about Equiano's narrative is that, in many ways, it reads as a best-case-scenario of what life as a slave could be like. Certainly he recounts many tales of ill treatment; some suffered by himself, some which he only witnessed. But, unlike most slaves, he had opportunities to receive education; become literate; and earn his own money on the [...]

    20. A moving epic autobiography! When I first saw the 2007 film "Amazing Grace", Equiano's (played by Youssou N'Dour) life, trials and accomplishments fascinated me so much that I was very eager to read his story. His prose is vivid, strong and deep with exquisite details and a human depth. As a person of African descent, I found myself identifying more with Equiano the further I read. All the while, imagining who my ancestors had been, where from Africa they hailed and how they survived the dreaded [...]

    21. Describing an intense journey of being captured, enslaved, and freed, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa, The African is a book, which provides firsthand details of the traumatic stronghold slavery held over those directly and indirectly affected by slavery. Olaudah vividly describes each capture, being with various masters, and working aboard various ships. Initially after his capture, Olaudah desires only one thing: DEATH. Eventually, Olaudah accepts his [...]

    22. This novel was on my reading list for a 2000-level English class, so I have sat through a number of lectures concerning Equiano. This book set the precedent for slave narratives, and is an interesting insight into the life of a "free" man, including his difficulty in gaining his freedom, and his struggle in keeping it. This work is a successful example of mimicry -- Equiano mimicked his oppressors and in doing so obtained some level of acceptance. However, due to his differences (in this case, s [...]

    23. This was a fascinating read. How often do you get to read a firsthand account of an 18th century African kidnapped into slavery and brought to the New World? Yes, the writing style is different (it's from the 1790s!) and may be a little difficult to get through if you're not used to reading material from that time period. It's worth it. Yes, there is controversy about whether he may have actually been born in South Carolina, and based his African origin story on other contemporary accounts. But [...]

    24. Seeing every event in his life as God's hand of mercy in drawing him to Himself, Olaudah Equiano takes his readers on a journey to see the horrors of slavery in the European colonies as well as the brutal treatment free Africans receive at the hands of the Europeans. Equiano is more fortunate than most slaves at the time, mostly under relatively kind masters (if a slave owner can be called kind, that is). Even more fortunately, he is able to buy his freedom. He later converts to Christianity aft [...]

    25. Amazing piece of nonfiction and a valuable contribution to the history of slavery in the 18th century. Part adventure story, part treatise on the humane treatment of slaves, part testimony for Christianity, it is well worth the time to read and contemplate.

    26. An extraordinary account of an extraordinary life. I doubt if there any other accounts of African-American slavery written by someone who experienced slavery, and who traveled widely both as a slave and as a freedman around the Atlantic basin, in the same era as the Zong massacre.

    27. Trigger warnings: slavery, racism, abduction.3.5 stars. I was suuuuuuuuuuuper excited to read this biography, which was my first pick for NonFiction November. I first learnt of Olaudah Equiano in the astonishingly wonderful slavery exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands (seriously - it's the most heartbreaking exhibition I think I've ever seen, and I was consistently blown away by the way they'd managed to tell the stories of slaves throughout rather than making it about slave OWNERS), and [...]

    28. Written by himself and about himself, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is a memoir about an African boy, Olaudah Equaino, as he grows up as a slave. He recounts his life story, starting with being kidnapped out of his home in Africa and being sold into slavery, and concludes with his achievements of becoming a British antislavery advocate. Considering what slaves had to go through, Equiano was rather lucky when it came to his masters and how they treated him. However, for [...]

    29. As the human mind became more important, as well as accepting and loving people of differences, the need for change in human rights was also beginning to seem possible. And if not possible, at least worth fighting, and possibly, dying for. The young black slave – who was initially a free in Essaka, Nigeria – writes a true and inspiring account of his journey into the slave trade, and takes on the role of voicing the account for those who can't for themselves. This is a true example of the co [...]

    30. This is indeed a truly interesting narrative, Equiano jumps from adventure to adventure like an 18th Century Biggles. This is however an account filled with human feeling, insight, and complexity. Not only is this a fascinating historical account of the atlantic slave trade and the complexity of race relations in three corners of the Atlantic but it is also of great encouragement and challenge. The book is an almost prototypical example of the modern evangelical conversion narrative (of course n [...]

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