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TanjaMaFi

vor 11 Monaten

A Railroad to Freedom?

This year's Pulitzer Prize winner takes us on a journey through the antebellum South and on the desperate quest for freedom. Together with Cora, we encounter that some places can be miles apart although they seem to be so close and that sometimes freedom does not keep the promises it makes ...  

Colson Whitehead's novel Underground Railroad is a beautiful and terrifying tale of America past, present and future that amazes because of its brutal truths but ever underlying hope for something better.

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

More about the author
Colson Whitehead was born and raised in New York City. A Harvard graduate, he worked as a journalist and TV critic for a while. His first novel The Intuitionist was published in 1999. His most recent novel The Underground Railroad was awarded numerous prizes among which are the Pulitzer Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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Autor: Colson Whitehead
Buch: The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

StefanieFreigericht

vor 11 Monaten

Who's participating?

Mein Buch kommt eh' erst morgen (hoffentlich) an ;-)
Ich bin schon so gespannt, ob mich das Buch ähnlich überzeugen wird wie "Homegoing"; mit THUG ist das dann fast ein Themenkomplex in diesem Jahr

Schlehenfee

vor 11 Monaten

Who's participating?

Ich bin dabei!
Mit dem Themenkomplex hast du echt recht... ;)

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HarIequin

vor 10 Monaten

3rd Section: North Carolina
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Schmiesen schreibt:
Anyways, it was shocking that Ridgeway REALLY found her. But how?? How could he possible know twice where she was?? I hope we will get an answer to this question. And what is going to happen to her now?

This really caught me flat-footed. I was ready to spent the rest of the book (or at least some more pages) in the attic with Cora and oh so suddenly Ridgeway comes across. He later explains it, but I'm still not really convinced (considering she changed her name, was in a different place and most importantly he's never seen her before)

HarIequin

vor 10 Monaten

4th Section: Tennessee
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Schmiesen schreibt:
Also Homer is a pretty strange fellow, sometimes he even seemed a bit crazy. However, I don't really have an opinion on him. The assault of the black men to free Cora came unexpected. At least it is clear now how Cora can make her way up north. I am relieved that she could escape the gang and hope that her way will be a bit easier from now on. The feeling of kicking Ridgeway in the face must have been amazing for her. It was a powerful scene. What I didn't really like was Caesar's chapter. I thought we might learn about his time being captured instead of the same story from the plantation, which we already knew from Cora. His point of view somehow didn't add much to it.

I don't understand Homer either. I can just imagine that he grew up like this (and hes still very young) and just came to terms with it. I was positively suprised by the events as well. I paused the book for a few days because I didn't feel like reading further but those unexpected parts made me finally read on. I still don't know what I should think about Ridgeway. Sometimes I even had the impression he might have a crush on her, then he acted like an asshole again. I just wished Cora (or her saviors) killed him because now he surely won't give up. I agree on your opinion about Caesar's chapter. It would have fit into the first or second part of the book but now I wasn't that interested in it.

HarIequin

vor 10 Monaten

5th Section: Indiana and the North
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Schlehenfee schreibt:
I agree with all that Schmiesen wrote here. I liked that we got to know Mabel's fate. The Valentine farm was a great concept but it was destroyed by hate and envy. I liked that statement on page 334 :" If they can't control it, they destroy it." So true until this day! I can't say much about Royal, he seemed likeable but you don't get to know him properly. Ridgeway seemed like a caricature of himself at the end. Lost all his companions and his reason, lost in obsession but to no avail. In terms of good and bad, I agree, it was too clear cut and obvious. For me, the whole novel lost steam towards the end.

I agree with both of you. Too many new characters and it lost its steam. When the farm was attacked I wasn't even surprised or shocked because this whole schema repeated itself throughout the whole book (bad conditions, escaping, everything seems good, bad events happen) and I was sure before that Ridgeway would show up at some point again anyway. I also liked the small part about Mable. It didn't occur to me that she just died on her escape but it makes sense. Sadly Cora will never know the truth. Btw does anyone know why Randall was so obsessed with Cora? I still don't get it. I'm not so sure what I think about the ending overall. On the one hand it's unsatisfying because Cora still hasn't settled down and it feels like the start to a new story. On the other hand it seems realistic to me and I'm glad she got a hopeful ending (I was actually pretty convinced that Cora wouldn't be alive at the end of the book).

Schlehenfee

vor 10 Monaten

Representation of the US
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I took a rather long break from the book or writing a review, sorry. In my opinion, the US in this book is often described or associated with business terms, like the country is an enterprise devoted to making profit. People are treated like goods.

Schlehenfee

vor 10 Monaten

5th Section: Indiana and the North

It took me some time to write a review, because I found the story and what I liked or disliked a bit hard to grasp. https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Colson-Whitehead/The-Underground-Railroad-Winner-of-the-Pulitzer-Prize-for-Fiction-2017-1486072764-w/rezension/1510461477/

HarIequin

vor 10 Monaten

5th Section: Indiana and the North

Ich poste meine Rezi auch mal hier: https://www.lovelybooks.de/autor/Colson-Whitehead/The-Underground-Railroad-1318167724-w/rezension/1510820473/1510823316/ Das Buch und auch die Rezension haben für mich untypisch lange gedauert, aber einiges musste ich erst mal sacken lassen :)

StefanieFreigericht

vor 8 Monaten

2nd Section: South Carolina
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Reading this only now - does anybody understand the reason for that interlude with Doctor Stevens?
I mean, the other "grave robbers" took all kinds of bodies, so what? It does not appear "specifically" racist to me, in contrast to the tests, the castrations,...

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