Nella Georgia della prima metà dell'Ottocento, la giovane schiava nera Cora decide di tentare la fuga dalla piantagione di cotone in cui vive in condizioni disumane, e insieme all'amico Caesar comincia un arduo viaggio verso il Nord e la libertà. Servendosi di una misteriosa ferrovia sotterranea, Cora fa tappa in vari stati del Sud dove la persecuzione dei neri prende forme diverse e altrettanto raccapriccianti. Aiutata da improbabili alleati e inseguita da uno spietato cacciatore di taglie, riuscirà a guadagnarsi la salvezza? Grazie all'invenzione fantastica di una «ferrovia sotterranea», Colson Whitehead dà forma concreta all'espressione con cui si indica, nella storia degli Stati Uniti, la rete clandestina di abolizionisti che aiutavano gli schiavi nella loro fuga.
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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 Railroad is an act Leggi tutto
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 actual railroad Leggi tutto
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. I love everything that Leggi tutto
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—slavery. This new nove Leggi tutto
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’t have to be act Leggi tutto
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 read three James Baldwin bo Leggi tutto
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 empty meadow,
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 wrenching reminders of wha Leggi tutto
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 still exist. The b Leggi tutto
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 sources that
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