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The Underground Railroad (edição 2016)

por Colson Whitehead

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their 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.… (mais)
Membro:atlantaquakers
Título:The Underground Railroad
Autores:Colson Whitehead
Informação:Doubleday
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:Slavery - United States - Fiction

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The Underground Railroad por Colson Whitehead

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    Beloved por Toni Morrison (shaunie)
    shaunie: Morrison's masterpiece is a clear influence on Whitehead's book, and his is one of the very few I've read which bears comparison with it. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's also a masterpiece, a stunningly good read!
  2. 20
    The Water Dancer por Ta-Nehisi Coates (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Two amazing authors, two different literary approaches to the underground railroad, two stories, one terrible time in US history.
  3. 20
    Exit West por Mohsin Hamid (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Both books use a magical means of transportation to illuminate the plight of refugees (runaway slaves in one and immigrants in the other.)
  4. 20
    Underground Airlines por Ben H. Winters (elenchus)
    elenchus: That popular culture phenomenon of the uncanny twins, two works appearing together yet unrelated in authorship, production, inspiration. Why do they appear together? In this case, each is compelling enough to read based on their own, but for me irresistable now they've shown up onstage at the same time. Ben Winters's Underground Airlines a bizarro underground railroad, updated (for reasons left implicit) for air travel; Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad making the escape trail a concrete reality. Each also addresses our world, in between stations.… (mais)
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    The Known World por Edward P. Jones (lottpoet)
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    Roots por Alex Haley (charlie68)
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    Salvage the Bones por Jesmyn Ward (sturlington)
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    Twelve Years a Slave por Solomon Northup (charlie68)
    charlie68: Both describe the brutalities of slavery.
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    Homegoing por Yaa Gyasi (chwiggy)
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    Steal Away Home: One Woman's Epic Flight to Freedom - And Her Long Road Back to the South por Karolyn Smardz Frost (figsfromthistle)
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    The Man in the High Castle por Philip K. Dick (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Disturbing Alternate Histories of America.
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    Gone with the Wind por Margaret Mitchell (charlie68)
    charlie68: A classic not a pc one but from a southern viewpoint.
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I saw this book tagged as science fiction, and I think my expectations led me astray a bit. There’s an alternate history aspect to the story, but it isn’t explained or developed into anything, and I kept expecting it to turn into more than it did. I kept speculating about how it might turn into a full-fledged science fiction story, and found myself more interested in the stories I was imagining than the one I was reading.

The Underground Railroad is set in the U.S., before the Civil War. It focuses primarily on Cora, a young woman whose grandmother had been stolen from Africa. Cora is enslaved on a cotton farm in Georgia. The main speculative element of the story is that the underground railroad is a literal underground railroad, not a metaphorical name for a network of people helping slaves to escape via various methods as it was in reality. There are also other anachronistic elements. My knowledge of the chain of events during that era (or any other era; I hated history in school) isn’t strong, but there were story elements that I’m pretty sure didn’t happen in the manner described, or at least not in the same chronology. The railroad seemed to take us not only to different places, but also to different facets of how prejudice against black people was demonstrated. None of this was explained though, neither within the story nor in any author’s notes at the end.

As with any book about slavery, it was terribly hard to read parts of it. Because of my incorrect expectation that there would be a stronger science fiction element, I was speculating early on that maybe there was some sort of time travel involved with people from the future trying to help end slavery sooner, or maybe a smaller scale change focusing on a specific ancestor. Or I considered maybe it was an alternate history where aliens had landed on earth and were subtly trying to help without revealing themselves. I kept wanting to read something like that, something that would show us what might have happened if somebody had tried to change or reduce the horrible things that really did happen, but instead the story was a concentrated dose of a variety of horrible things, with a small speculative element used as a vehicle to carry us from one awful thing to another.

In most books I’ve read that were set in the slavery era, slaves have usually been presented as more united, helping and supporting each other. In this book, we see some of the slaves antagonizing each other, fighting for what few privileges they can obtain, subjugating a subset of their own people for being different, etc. I was taken aback by this at first, but it’s probably a more realistic view. Humans, regardless of their color or status, can be horrible. Sometimes people who are treated poorly turn around and inflict that same treatment on others. Not everybody was portrayed that way, of course. This book I think portrayed a more balanced view of human nature, showing both good and bad black people and good and bad white people.

I thought this was an interesting and well-written book, with many important points. However, it didn’t hold my interest strongly and I went into it with incorrect expectations that led me to want a different type of story than I got. I also didn’t feel a strong attachment to any of the characters. I liked Cora, and I cared what happened to her, but I never felt that strong level of investment that some authors manage to generate for their characters. I’m rating it at 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 on Goodreads. ( )
  YouKneeK | Sep 9, 2021 |
This book was a remarkable read—one that I think every American should read. In shocking, realistic, and blunt ways, the author describes the horrors and realities of every day life of slaves and the difficulties faced by those who tried to shelter slaves. As one reviewer said, at times, I was almost afraid to read the next page out of fear for what would happen next. And it is tragic to realize how much slavery and discrimination persist in this world. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
La història de la Cora, la seva mare la Mabel i la seva àvia l'Ajarry. Aquesta fou capturada al continent africà per assaltans dahomeians, Dahomei és l'actual Benin des del 1975. Fou venuda vàries vegades i finalment va a parar a la finca Randall a Georgia. En dia a dia de la plantació és dur i la Mabel se n'escapa un dia deixant la seva filla amb l'àvia. Des d'aquell moment la Cora no deixa de pensar en fugir i arriba un dia que ho aconsegueix. Marxa amb un company de la plantació , en Caesar, se'ls hi afageix una amiga d'ella la Lovely. Prèviament el noi ha contactat amb el ferrocarril subterrani, aquesta xarxa clandestina que ajuda a fugir esclaus cap a les terres del nord, és tot un sistema hipersecret amb camins subterranis que adopten el llenguatge ferroviari, les estacions estan amagades sota granges de persones abolicionistes, els que hi participen escaven túnels sota terra que enllacen punts per poder sortir de les terres amb règim esclavista. Però paral·lelament s'organitzen els caçadors d'esclaus, gent sense cap escrúpol que per diners cacen els fugitius i els retornen als seus amos, com ara Ridgeway, que humiliat però no haver estat capaç de retornar la Mabel al seu amo, ho fa tot per retrovar la Cora. Durant la seva llarga fugida passa per diferents etapes on sembla que ho aconseguirà però sempre acaba essent trobada. Finalment acaba la novel·la i creus que potser ho haurà aconseguit però dubtes d'un final alliberador, al llarg de la fugida ho ha semblat tantes vegades i mai no s'ha fet realitat.
Molt interessant i curiós, mai no havia sentit as parlar del ferrocarril subterrani i és real. La narració transcòrre entre la Guerra de la Independència dels Estats Units (1783) i la Guerra de de Seccessió (1865). ( )
  Nuriagarciaturu | Aug 22, 2021 |
This was definitely a powerful read. It was my first book by Colson Whitehead, and I was impressed. I think that Whitehead took a unique approach to the Underground Railroad, and I loved this aspect of the story. I ended up taking a bit more time than I usually would for a roughly 300 page book. Part of it was due to its heavier subject material, and part of it was that I decided to pick up this book right as my semester decided to get crazy (which I sort of wasn't prepared for . . . oops). I honestly can't wait to read more of Whitehead's work - and thankfully, I can borrow my grandmother's copies for the time being. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
This is a good novel and worth reading but it is marred by its divorce from historical reality. The novel does an exemplary job conveying the horrors of slavery and how slavery remained with those that escaped. The book seems like a historical novel but takes so many liberties with the actual history that it becomes annoying. For example, Whitehead has the underground railroad be based upon an actual railroad that is underground. Also, the horrors encountered in South Carolina and North Carolina were very exaggerated. It would have been a better novel if it had been based closer to the actual history. It is, however, very much worth reading. . ( )
  M_Clark | Jul 22, 2021 |
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Der Roman des afroamerikanischen Autors Colson Whitehead über die Sklaverei in den USA des 19. Jahrhunderts kommt in deutscher Übersetzung nun gerade recht, um auf den heutigen Rassismus zu verweisen.
 

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their 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.

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