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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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Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 Review: The Underground Railroad
In many ways, The Underground Railroad is worth the hype. It is an intelligent novel based upon an exceptional idea. It's constructed with vivid scenes and formidable sentences. It is the kind of novel that can easily entice a reader.At the same time, The Underground Railroad lacks in some areas tha...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
3.0 The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
I think this is an interesting, important and terrible subject matter. Everyone needs to learn some about it if you haven't. I think the author could have made things more personal. I didn't feel as emotionally involved as I would have liked.
Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
5.0 THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Review
Synopsis: 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 Undergro...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.0
Shout out to Obsidian Black Death whose review convinced me to buy this book sooner than I otherwise would have. In the spring, I watched the WGN tv series Underground, which quite frankly should have been nominated for more Emmys than it was. The first season chronicled the escap...
Unabridged Chick
Unabridged Chick rated it
Captivated until the last chapter; the end didn't do it for me however. It felt incomplete. (I haven't read Gulliver's Travels, which I think this is modeled on; perhaps that's how it ends?)An incredibly readable literary novel. Touches of magical realism with flat out realism; imaginative smudging ...
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