The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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The Underground Railroad Read Online Free - Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her of the Underground Railroad and they plot their escape. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds on each leg of her journey.

Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors of black life in pre-Civil War America. 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.

Title : The Underground Railroad
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ISBN : 0385542364
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 15, 2016

This is my first read by Colson Whitehead and it makes me think his style may not be to my tastes. It's personal preference, I'm sure. There are some beautiful sentences, some genius structural choices, and many great ideas. Indeed, the re-imagining of history where the Underground Railroad is an...

Roxane rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2016

Excellent writing, strong concept. I am personally burnt out on slavery narratives so I cannot say this was a pleasure to read. So much unrelenting horror. Whitehead does an excellent job of portraying slavery and America as a slave nation. The idea of the underground railroad, as an actual railr...

Navidad rated it ★★★☆☆

January 31, 2018

“All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.” I was really looking forward to this read! I had an interesting relationship with The Intuitionist, having read it in college and not quite grasped it then came back to it later and enjoyed it more. I love everything that Colson Whi...

Trish rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 24, 2016

For nearly twenty years the work of Colson Whitehead has been published to wide acclaim, his fiction and nonfiction both receiving many accolades. For this reason I was eager to have the chance to read his new novel that focused on the origination of the race debate in America—slavery. This new n...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

April 22, 2017

I came to this book with some resistance, regardless of it being the Pulitzer Prize winner for 2017. I've owned the physical book since last year. It kept being easier to read something else. I felt it was my duty to read this book. But wait..... Haven't I done my duty? I've read three James Baldwin...

Matthew rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 06, 2017

Every year, I have either never heard of the films nominated for the Best Picture Academy award or when I see them, I don’t think the movie is all that great; long drawn out scenes with landscapes, close ups of glowering faces, monotonous dialogue, etc. I know that every movie doesn’t have to be...

Will rated it ★★★★★

January 24, 2018

What a world, Cora thought, that makes a living prison into your only haven. Was she out of bondage or in its web: how to describe the status of a runaway? Freedom was a thing that shifted as you looked at it, the way a forest is dense with trees up close, but from outside, from the empty meado...

Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

August 18, 2016

3.5 stars rounded up. This is a difficult book to read with the horrific treatment and gruesome punishments of African American slaves so much a part of the narrative, but it is essential that we read this and other books like it . We need these powerful, compelling and gut wrenching reminders of...

Hannah rated it ★★★★★

January 10, 2018

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Cora is a slave at a Georgia plantation in the antebellum South. When a fellow slave tells her about the Underground Railroad, she finds the courage to run for her freedom. Thus begins her odyssey as a runaw...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2017

A good read and Pulitzer Prize winner, with so many reviews already, I’ll make this brief. The main character is a young woman slave who hates her missing mother for having escaped when she was a child. A young man plans to escape from the Georgia plantation and invites her to go with him, partly...

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