the Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingEnitnajwing of Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on 4/8/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingEnitnajwing from Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, April 8, 2021
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingEnitnajwing at Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Thursday, April 8, 2021
This book will travel a long way, all the way to Melbourne, for my NSS meganh. I hope you’ll enjoy this wishlist book! And the virtual convention!

Journal Entry 3 by wingmeganhwing at Preston, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Wow, I have just collected and opened my NSS for the Zoom Convention - such a generous gift, a parcel full of wonderful treasures! Thank you so much for everything. I look forward to reading the Wishlist book, and have already sampled a Stroopwafel which is delicious - I have never tried them before and they are delicious. The tea towels and the tea will be very useful as will the huge supply of labels you sent.
Thank you very much, and I hope we can meet at a convention in the not too distant future.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmeganhwing at Preston, Victoria Australia on Saturday, October 23, 2021
I read this book about a month ago and am only just journaling it. I loved most of it; maybe loved isn’t the right word, some of the things endured by Cora and her friends and family whilst enslaved were absolutely shocking.
The story of her escape to freedom was exciting and scary and there was very good detail in the telling of her story until then. Interesting to read about an Underground Railroad that was used to help the blacks escape to the northern states, I have never heard of that before.
After her capture and subsequent rescue, the story lost a lot of it’s descriptive tone and it rushed along without getting to know characters or timeline.
However, overall it was a very moving and readable book.
Thank you Enitnaj for this Wishlist book, and I must tell you that I have found Stroopwafels in my local supermarket and they are now on my regular shopping list.

Journal Entry 5 by KKslibrary at Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Thursday, May 19, 2022
Caught at a recent meetup. I was looking forward to reading this book, but it was not as good as I was expecting. I had expected to read more about the underground railway, and success stories of those that had become free people and leading happy lives, but this was not the case. The story revolves around Cora, a young slave girl from Georgia who decides to flee with another slave to find the underground railway and freedom. Her freedom was short lived when she is tracked down by a ruthless slave catcher, she escapes him and lives on a farm with many other escaped Slaves, until he returns to capture her again.

Journal Entry 6 by KKslibrary at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, September 1, 2022

Released 3 mos ago (9/1/2022 UTC) at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

To be released at Meetup

Journal Entry 7 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, September 1, 2022
Caught today at Redgum Cafe.

Journal Entry 8 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, September 8, 2022
This story reminded me of Watership Down, in that it is an account of a perilous journey to find a home, with many dangerous false sanctuaries along the way. It was not an easy book to read, but written with heart, thought-provoking and compelling.

Journal Entry 9 by wingmarmee463wing at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (10/6/2022 UTC) at Redgum Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Please let me know it is in safe hands by journalling that you have caught it, you are under no obligation to read it and Bookcrossing is completely anonymous.

Journal Entry 10 by bronwyna at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Thursday, October 6, 2022
Picked up at today's meetup, will read and then pass onto my parents to enjoy.

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