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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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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
I found this to be a painful read especially at this time. Cora's journey from slavery to escaping it and being recaptured is told through her eyes, with short vignettes through the eyes of others whose lives intersected hers. I do not understand why there is so much hate based on skin color. Whi...
Girl Well Read
Girl Well Read rated it
3.5 The Underground Railroad
A special thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Cora and Caesar are slaves on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Like all of the slaves, she is treated horrifically, but even more so because she is also an outcast among her people. Things are...
Mary's Books
Mary's Books rated it
5.0 Definitely Due A Pulitzer Prize
I did not read this because it was a Pulitzer Prize winning book, I read it because it was a book club read for a library near us and I was curious. I grew up in Newport, Kentucky, also known as Northern Kentucky. Northern Kentucky has a lot of homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. My pa...
Obsession with words
Obsession with words rated it
0.0 Regurgitation: Details from books that bother me
Today is a pain day for me. FYI: I have Fibromyalgia and RA. Every day is a pain day to a degree but today it is making it hard for me to concentrate on reading. This is when I turn to audiobooks or think about the books I have recently read and especially, the things that bothered me about them....
Obsession with words
Obsession with words rated it
4.0 The Underground Railroad
This book was horribly sad, it tore my heart open repeatedly. I don't usually read books like this but it was chosen for a book club I wanted to attend. I couldn't even get through the first page without crying. I had to put it down to rest my heart. I never made it to that book club meeting. I kn...
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