Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cora's life as a slave on the Randall plantation is filled with violence and fear. She is beaten, raped, and worked to exhaustion on a regular basis. Yet when she and Caesar, a fellow slave, decide to run, their journey north takes turns that are not expected. They are ferried from terminal to terminal via the Underground Railroad (literally on train cars) to find that each state has its own methods of dealing with them.

I wanted to love this book. Its narrative was disjointed - but I attributed this to the slave experience. But I just couldn't accept the alternate histories and liberties taken with other historical experiences from different eras. Reading Terry Gross' interview with the author after completing the book did help (a bit), but this one was truly all hype.

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