Title: Underground Railroad, The
Authors: Whitehead, Colson
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 306
Year: 2016
Publisher: Anchor Books
Language: English
Description: Cora and fellow slave Caesar flee their cotton plantation in Georgia, hanging on to the hope and knowledge that there are brave souls who will risk their own lives to get them to freedom. It is not just an underground railway of routes and safe houses but a literal subterranean bricks and mortar network moving people away from the abhorrent realities of slavery in the antebellum South. Cora's journey north is harrowing as she experiences, state by state, inventive solutions to the 'negro problem'.

Referencing today's political and social attitudes, and with its vignettes of alternate history, this is a powerful, genre-bending story of America and its past. [Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award Winner.]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"There are numerous issues raised which would keep any serious book club talking for several sessions. A real tour de force."

"Everyone should read this book. I'm not sure they will however 'enjoy' it. It's very grim in places."

"A book with an historical basis - it's a gripping read and is thought provoking - a very clever interpretation. It leaves a lasting impression."

"The book is a bit gruesome at times - but so were those times."

"A devastating picture of the degradation that African slaves were subjected to, particularly in the south of the US."

"I tend to avoid books on slavery because I know I would be appalled by the treatment meted out. I was appalled but I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn about it."
Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Human Rights, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2019 Titles


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