The Underground Railroad

I finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead today, which recently won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  It tells the story of Cora, a slave in Georgia and follows her from her time as a slave on a plantation throughout her journey to freedom and all of the trials in between.

The descriptions of the horrors of slavery are moving and often uncomfortable to read, even though I’m sure all of these atrocities actually occurred.  It seems like every time she caught a break, something would happen to her and beat her back down.  It was interesting to read about the aspects of the novel’s railroad system, which functioned as a literal railroad underground here instead of merely safe houses.

This book is set to be made into a mini-series soon and I will definitely check it out once made.


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