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message 1: by Lucy (new)

Lucy (lucy47) | 146 comments This book is incredibly painful. Just started the chap. on Ridgeway, thinking "I don't want any back story on this animal". Didn't think I'd make it thru the chapters on the plantation. Are we due for a break from human anguish?
Or is that the sentiment of a privileged white person too weak to face what her Afr-American countrymen were made to endure?


message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne | 85 comments It’s a lot of horrible things, but I don’t think it dwells like many books about slavery do—no “torture porn” so to speak. I finished already for another book club and it’s so, so tough and so, so good.


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Gabriela Eaglesome | 40 comments Wouldn’t it be cool if we could have a guest speaker for this? I am looking at the history of St. louis for my visitor from France....there is a webpage on ‘explore st. Louis’ that outlines some of black history in St. Louis, including the underground railroad. Maybe there is a librarian who specializes on black history in StL or maybe we can get someone from the Griot Museum to come?https://explorestlouis.com/press-rele...


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Great idea, Gabriela, though it's probably too late to secure anyone. We've had guests in the past and it's been successful. I'll definitely keep this in mind for future meetings!


message 5: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Eaglesome | 40 comments No problem. Just thought if someone were handy, it would be nice to have their insights.


message 6: by Readridinghood (new)

Readridinghood | 54 comments Hi Everyone. I actually began reading The Underground Railroad Sunday. It is a difficult read. And I am not just saying that because I am black. Then, maybe I am. I will never understand why or how people, regard of race or station in life can do these terrible things to each other! As I read books like this, it makes me wonder, could I survive? My mouth has dropped many a time as I read each chapter. I can’t imagine being sold to anyone person, not to mention being taken from my family that way.


message 7: by Readridinghood (new)

Readridinghood | 54 comments Hi Everyone. I actually began reading The Underground Railroad Sunday. It is a difficult read. And I am not just saying that because I am black. Then, maybe I am. I will never understand why or how people, regard of race or station in life can do these terrible things to each other! As I read books like this, it makes me wonder, could I survive? My mouth has dropped many a time as I read each chapter. I can’t imagine being sold to anyone person, not to mention being taken from my family that way.


message 8: by Readridinghood (new)

Readridinghood | 54 comments I finished the book! I am glad to know Cora got away. But sad to read fate of Caesar and others who play a helpful part in Cora’s life. I shed tears learning the truth of Mabel’s escape. During our discussion Thursday, I said I planned to re the book again to better understand it. After reaching the book’s end, I now know I can’t go through that again. I am giving the book two stars. It was a disturbing hard read.


message 9: by Vera (new)

Vera Emmons | 25 comments Sorry I missed the group AGAIN. I did read the book. It was really, really hard to read.


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