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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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Jul 18, 2017

liked it
bookshelves: american, historical-fiction

I can't figure out if this book is not as clever as it thinks it is, or if I'm just not smart enough to get it. A problem I have with a lot of litfic, to be honest.

I was initially cooler on it, but reading some interviews with the author gave me a better idea of what he was doing, and that helped my appreciation of the book.

I admit that I did not find the surface narrative of Cora's escape that interesting, though I liked Cora herself, and it was kind of neat to pick out threads from various real slave narratives. The alternate history elements in the Carolinas were also pretty neat, though they didn't really tie into the railway being an actual railway, which frankly I don't get the point of.

There were themes of story telling and who gets to have a voice/tell the story of enslaved people, which I didn't really pick up on myself, but appreciated after hearing the author talk about it.

All in all I liked it, but don't really get the buzz.
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Reading Progress

June 27, 2017 – Started Reading
July 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
July 18, 2017 – Shelved
July 18, 2017 – Shelved as: american
July 18, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction

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