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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, literary, fantasy

This is a brilliant novel that employs devices of magical realism to chart one woman's treacherous odyssey as an escaped slave from antebellum Georgia. Cora's journey (facilitated by a literal underground railroad) is an exploration of American white supremacy in all of its forms, from paternalistic condescension to systematic genocide. Through Cora, we witness how the institution of slavery poisons everything that it touches, including the ideals on which the nation was founded. The book also challenges the reader to ask whether anyone can ever truly escape slavery.

This is not a comforting book, but it makes for compulsive reading. I tore through most of it in a weekend. I'll be sure to add Whitehead's other books to my ever-growing "to read" pile.

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Reading Progress

December 17, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
December 17, 2017 – Shelved
April 14, 2018 – Started Reading
April 29, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
April 29, 2018 – Shelved as: literary
April 29, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 29, 2018 – Finished Reading

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