I saw this was going to be a movie and the movie looked interesting, so I wanted to read the book first. If you are a historical novel fan, this is a quick read. I did not really like the type it was set in, but I understand it was done to keep the authentic feel of a book published in the 1800's. There was no real emotion or passion in the book as the author supposedly was reporting rather than swaying our opinion on slavery. I found that somewhat odd.