Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cora was born into slavery as her mother before her was. When the offer to run North was first brought to her attention, Cora wasn't interested. After a few instances happened on the plantation, Ceasar asked her again and this time she decided to say yes. Planning their route very carefully, they are able to make it away from the plantation, but will they be able to avoid the slave catchers forever?

This is one of Oprah's latest picks. I had a lot of high hopes for this book since previous Oprah selections have really held my attention But this book, just didn't do it for me. I was very disappointed It took me nearly a month to read this book and I felt as if I had to finish it to find out if it was going to get any better. There were parts that I got through faster than the rest of the book, but for the most part, I had not desire to pick up the book the way I usually do with whatever book I am reading. It seems this year Oprah's theme for her selections have been the same theme as previous selections in the 2.0 Book club.

I think the idea behind this book was great, and normally, I enjoy this type of historical fiction but this book just didn't do it for me. I got excited when I first heard about this book. Having the Underground being an actual railroad instead of just a "trail" made it seem more believable and more understandable on how the slaves traveled from the horrible conditions of the south to the freedom offered by the north. I wish this book would have been more enjoyable, but it just wasn't. Maybe others will get more from this story than I did. I'm not sure if I will read more from Colson Whitehead or not.

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