Sufferings in Africa

Sufferings in Africa Read Sufferings In Africa Author James Riley Horsebackridingcolorado.us Listed By Abraham Lincoln, Alongside The Bible And Pilgrim S Progress, As One Of The Books That Most Influenced His Life, Few True Tales Of Adventure And Survival Are As Astonishing As This One Shipwrecked Off The Western Coast Of North Africa In August Of 1815, James Riley And His Crew Had No Idea Of The Trials Awaiting Them As They Gathered Their Beached Belongings They Would Be Captured By A Band Of Nomadic Arabs, Herded Across The Sahara Desert, Beaten, Forced To Witness Astounding Brutalities, Sold Into Slavery, And Starved Riley Watched Most Of His Crew Die One By One, Killed Off By Cruelty Or Caprice, As His Own Weight Dropped From 240 Pounds To A Mere 90 At His Rescue First Published In 1817, This Dramatic Saga Soon Became A National Bestseller With Over A Million Copies Sold Even Today, It Is Rare To Find A Narrative That Illuminates The Degradations Of Slave Existence With Such Brutal Honesty.

  • 4.5
  • 880
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • 1602390428
  • Sufferings in Africa
  • James Riley

10 thoughts on “Sufferings in Africa

  1. Indigo.plume says:

    This book is an incredible read I can see why President Lincoln listed as one of the most influential books he read as a young man Sufferings in Africa is not merely a woeful tale fraught with melodramatic prose instead, it is a riveting look into the invincibility of the human spirit juxtaposed with the frailty of the human body The events chronicled in this book are made evenpowerful by Riley s simple writing style and his unflinching delve into the downward spiral of despair and des This book is an incredible read I can see why President Lincoln listed as one of the most influential books he read as a young man Sufferings in Africa is not merely a woeful tale fraught with melodramatic prose instead, it is a riveting look into the invincibility of the human spirit juxtaposed with the frailty of the human body The events chronicled in this book are made evenpowerful by Riley s simple writing ...

  2. Jean says:

    Easy reading, with historical insights from one of history s participants Very interesting and eye opening While it tells firsthand of the author s experience of being a slave, it also chronicles the pervasive slave culture in Africa at the time, which included al...

  3. Heather says:

    Wow This book is a true story of James Riley, a ship captain and his crew who were shipwrecked in 1815 off the coast of Africa They are slaves to a nomadic Arab group and he tells their story of suffering as they cross the Sahara Desert A good read

  4. Pdpeacock says:

    A wonderful story of survival in an unbelievable environment, of suffering in body and mind The time period is early 1800 s The story contains many details about life, the people, and the area Very interesting.

  5. Abby says:

    I loved this book I learned about it from a podcast Futility Closet , and decided to pick it up as part of some research I m doing for a project I was so inspired by Riley s response to such terrible conditions, his willingness to continue to serve his men, trust God, and work hard in the midst of circumstances where I m certain I wouldn t have had close to the same amount of fortitude And while the writing style isn t amazing in of itself, I was fascinated by the different people and condit I loved this book I learned about it from a podcast Futility Closet , and decided to pick it up as part of some research I m doing for a project I was so inspired by Riley s response to such terrible conditions, his willi...

  6. Kyle says:

    Sufferings in Africa is an autobiographical tale of Captain James Riley, an American naval captain, who was shipwrecked off the coast of North Africa in 1815 In Captain Riley s words, I had only been tutored in the school of adversity, in order that I might be prepared for fulfilling the purpose for which I had been created That purpose was to lead, endure, and encourage a handful of destitute seaman through the cruel and unrelenting Saharan desert.Overall, I enjoyed the book, and especial Sufferings in Africa is an autobiographical tale of Captain James Riley, an American naval captain, who was shipwrecked off the coast of North Africa in 1815 In Captain Riley s words, I had only been tutored in the school of adversity, in order that I might be prepared for fulfilling the purpose for which I had been created That purpose was to lead, endure, and encourage a handful of destitute se...

  7. Patrick says:

    Very fascinating book I really enjoyed reading it and it was informative as to the culture, etc, in NW Africa at the time I also found some electronic copies online that had additional chapters with Riley s thoughts on various aspects of the NW African cultures at the time.

  8. TreyLiz Dolloff says:

    It s one of those books that you can t put down It s an easy and quick read A book about survival in the face of brutality.

  9. Cropredy says:

    This is a book written in 1817 of a first person account of a shipwreck and subsequent enslavement of an American merchant crew in what is modern day Western Sahara The tale is told by the Captain James Riley The fact that he lived to tell the tale meant that he and part of his crew reached freedom via the time honored path of ransom But you know all this already.Is the book a good read Before answering, I should point out that the book apparently sold 1 million copies through multiple edit This is a book written in 1817 of a first person account of a shipwreck and subsequent enslavement of an American merchant crew in what is modern day Western Sahara The tale is told by the Captain James Riley The fact that he lived to tell the tale meant that he and part of his crew reached freedom via the time honored path of ransom But you know all this already.Is the book a good read Before answering, I should point out that the book apparently sold 1 million copies through multiple edition between 1817 and 1859 This is outstanding especially as the book is not well known today.The first few chapters were interesting, espec...

  10. Carol says:

    Written in 1817 this is a good anthropological and sociological report of a country and people different from anything the author had encountered and because so different understandable why the book would have been a big success in 1817 From the dramatic title I imagined the author was going to be enslaved for years However, the book is an account of approximately 120 days in captivity, 120 repetitive days sand, camels, lack of water, sand, camels, lack of water No doubt the author was very Written in 1817 this is a good anthropological and sociological report of a country and people different from anything the author had encountered and because so different understandable why the book would have been a big success in 1817 From the dramatic title I imagined the author was going to be enslaved for years However, the book is an account of approximately 120 days in captivity, 120 repetitive days sand, camels, lack of water, sand, camels, lack of water No doubt the author was very fortunate to only have been held for 120 days as some of his crew were taken to never again be seen The 120 days were not easy stripped naked, marched barefoot across the desert, sunburned, starved, it would take individuals of incredib...

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