Friday, September 9, 2016
The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad. Through the journey of protagonist, Cora, a slave, Whitehead draws readers into many of the long lasting effects of slavery on modern life. While I laughed at first at Whitehead’s depiction of the Underground Railroad as something under the earth with trains and tracks, I realized how important that image was to the nature of the journey and its effects. Whitehead draws out so many of the insidious aspects of racial conflict and different manifestations of the exploitation of “the other.” Cora longs for true freedom, and Whitehead writes about that longing with great skill, in a story that will keep most readers engaged and enraged from beginning to end. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Underground Railroad from amazon.com.