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The Underground Railroad (English, Paperback, Whitehead Colson)
The Underground Railroad - English, Paperback, Whitehead Colson Author:Whitehead Colson Whitehead's writing does what writing should do; it refreshes our sense of the world' John Updike. A Fleet Superlead? From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. In powerful, prec... more »ise prose, at once spellbinding and ferocious, the book follows Cora's incredible journey north, step by step... the story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen" Publishers Weekly Magnetizing and wrenching. Each stop Cora makes along the Underground Railroad reveals another shocking and malignant symptom of a country riven by catastrophic conflicts, a poisonous moral crisis, and diabolical violence. Each galvanizing scene blazes with terror and indictment as Whitehead tracks the consequences of the old American imperative to seize, enslave, and profit. Hard-driving, lasersharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead's unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation -Booklist ? "Masterful, urgent. one of the finest novels written about our country's still unabsolved original sin" Charles Finch USA Today« less
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 know it is fiction and one major detail was changed but that didn't take away from the story. I know that the majority of the book was close enough to the real thing and the terror that people endured was just as real. I have read about the horrible things that humans did to other humans because of the color of their skin and it is heart-rending. I wish it all could be considered fiction but the sad truth is that this horrible story was a reality for too many souls. There is language that I like to avoid but in this book, it is part of the reality.