The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish 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 a Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an o...

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Title:The Underground Railroad
Author:Colson Whitehead
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Underground Railroad
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:306 pages pages

The Underground Railroad Reviews

  • Cheri
    Nov 21, 2017
    3.5 Stars ?The music stopped. The circle broke. Sometimes a slave will be lost in a brief eddy of liberation. In the sway of a sudden reverie among the furrows or while untangling the mysteries of an early morning dream. In the middle of a song on a warm Sunday night. Then it come...
  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 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 r...
  • Roxane
    Aug 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 a...
  • Julie Christine
    Oct 21, 2016
    "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," stated First Lady Michelle Obama at this year's Democratic National Convention. Her words seemed to come as a surprise to many, those who had either forgotten or had never known that black hands enslaved by white masters bu...
  • Taryn
    Apr 21, 2016
    3.5 Stars. Cora is a slave on the Randall plantation, the place where she was born and where her grandmother and mother were also slaves. Caesar, a new arrival on the property, offers her an opportunity to accompany him on the Underground Railroad, but she is hesitant. When leadership...
  • Ron Charles
    Feb 04, 2016
    Nobody could wait for Colson Whitehead?s new book ? including Oprah, so here it is, a month early. In a surprise announcement Tuesday morning, Winfrey chose ?The Underground Railroad? as the next title for Oprah?s Book Club. Originally set to release on Sept. 13, the novel is...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jun 29, 2017
    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 ...
  • Trish
    Jul 12, 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?slaver...
  • Snotchocheez
    Sep 16, 2016
    4 stars *******UPDATE 4/10/17: Congrats to 2017 Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winner (and 2017 Tournament of Books Winner) Colson Whitehead!!!! Truly well-deserved honors! ----------------------------- You gotta admire Colson Whitehead's creative tightrope act here. He puts a hyperre...
  • Justin
    Feb 21, 2017
    I'm a guy who enjoys "best of" lists. One of my favorite things about December, besides my birthday, Christmas, football, colder weather, and hot chocolate, is sitting down to peruse lists of the best stuff of the year. Books, movies, albums, video games, etc. I love it. I have trusted...
  • Brina
    Dec 06, 2016
    DNF-- the characters did not resonate with me. If I were to compare Underground Railroad to Homegoing, I thought the latter to be the better book this year. Underground Railroad was tough to get into and perhaps if more action had occurred in the first part of the book, I would have li...
  • Melanie
    Jan 16, 2017
    The Underground Railroad was the group book for #DiverseAthon, which was held from the 22nd to the 29th of January 2017! This important and very needed readathon is being hosted by Christina Marie from Christina Marie, Joce from squibblesreads, Simon from SavidgeReads, Monica from s...
  • Lori
    Aug 07, 2016
    I struggled through this... several times thinking of giving up. As a story revolving around such a 'heavy' subject the focus needed to be on a character less one dimensional and just a little bit likable. Cora was not a character that made me feel anything... there was no depth to her...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 30, 2016
    Cora, was a young slave on a Georgia plantation when her mother escaped, leaving Cora to the mercy of the other women in the quarters. Despite hiring a notorious slave tracker, she was never found.To say this plantation did not treat its slaves well is an understatement, some of the pu...
  • Violet wells
    Sep 09, 2017
    It must be hard for a writer to create an uneducated character. It?s not really something you can research. Toni Morrison has set the benchmark, an almost impossibly high benchmark. Of late Marilyn Robinson did a good job with Lila. Whitehead evades this challenge principally by givi...
  • Emily May
    Jul 26, 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 ...
  • Angela M
    Mar 30, 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 wrenchin...
  • Jim Fonseca
    Apr 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 ...
  • Luffy
    Jan 09, 2017
    The plight of slaves who are so badly treated that they are willing to risk horrendous punishment in an attempt to flee from their hellish circumstances, used to be all too common. In this historical fiction, our resident rebel is Cora, a young woman who is ready to try and escape. ...
  • jessica
    Mar 14, 2019
    i am so thankful that historical fiction is such an accessible genre. i dont think i would have learned half the stuff i know today without it. i love that it allows readers to experience history in a completely new light, while still being exposed to its significance. that being sa...
  • Matthew
    Nov 01, 2016
    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?...
  • Matthew Quann
    Sep 25, 2016
    I rarely get to read books when they are in their acute hype phase, but I decided to put an Audible credit towards critical darling Colson Whitehead's latest novel. A couple drives back and forth across the province and I'm all done with The Underground Railroad and ready to render my ...
  • Book Riot Community
    Apr 26, 2016
    I put off reading this book, because even though I was intrigued by the whole ?literal underground railroad? concept, I am also not typically a historical fiction reader. When it won the National Book Award I picked it up, and slowly read it throughout the winter in bits and pieces...
  • Paromjit
    Jun 04, 2017
    The foundations of the United States are built on slavery and this dark history informs its evolution right up to present day where the current political environment has legitimised racism. This book is set in the early 19th century and Whitehead has made the actual allegorical histori...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Feb 18, 2017
    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...
  • Wilma
    Mar 28, 2018
    Boeiend...shockerend...een boeiend, mensonterend verhaal over Cora, die zich op verschillende manieren weet te ontworstelen aan het juk van de slavernij. Veel geleerd over de geschiedenis van de slavernij...de ondergrondse spoorweg, de helden die met gevaar voor eigen leven slaven hie...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Apr 11, 2017
    The Underground Railroad is an intense ride. I had not taken "railroad" to be a literal thing before reading the book. Like Cora, the protagonist, I thought it was just an informal way of smuggling escaped slaves up north. Now, I am curious to visit some of the stations should they sti...
  • Pouting Always
    May 21, 2017
    Cora is a slave on a plantation in Georgia where conditions are especially rough because of the cotton industry. When she was younger her mother left her alone on the plantation and escaped, leaving Cora to fend for herself. Cora eventually becomes an outcast but when a new slave arriv...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    Jun 10, 2016
    3.5 stars ?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....
  • Lark Benobi
    Aug 24, 2016
    I finished feeling utterly exhilarated. This novel is a triumphant act of imagination. I could write that there are many things I didn't like about it, too. I could list them, even. There were too many characters too superficially drawn; sometimes I felt there was too much narrativ...