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The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection   From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell... show more
The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection   From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.      In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.      Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780385542364 (0385542364)
ASIN: 0385542364
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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I Live in Many Worlds
I Live in Many Worlds rated it
5.0 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Every so often, BookTube host the Diverseathon and I try to participate whenever I get a chance. However, this last time, I could not participate for life got in the way. But I still wanted to read the group book club pick which is The Underground Railroad. Yes, I'm getting to it extremely late but ...
Toni
Toni rated it
3.0 "The Underground Railroad", by Colson Whitehead
This is a moving and wildly inventive tale that shines a light on a very dark period of American history and tells how networks of black and white helped slaves escape to freedom decades before the Civil War.The story chronicles the life of a teenage slave named Cora as she flees the Georgia plantat...
Linda78
Linda78 rated it
0.0 DNF@ 11%
I'm just not feeling this one. I've been struggling getting into it, but the disjointed sentence structure and lack of any connection to the characters doesn't help. And apparently Whitehead decided to make the Underground Railroad an actual railroad that exists underground. Um...what? These revie...
Scarlet's Web
Scarlet's Web rated it
1.0 Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I would like to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book. I have to say, I was really looking forwards to this book but the writing style just wasn't working for me. I found myself putting the book down and not being drawn to pick it up again. I...
Fiction Fantastic
Fiction Fantastic rated it
3.0 The Underground Railroad: A Novel
I'm a bit disappointed in this book. It had so much potential, but at the end it just didn't work. I enjoyed it okay, but it felt disjointed and impersonal, and I couldn't lose myself in it... It took me ages to finish because I could always think of something else I'd rather do.
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