“Stolen bodies working stolen land. It was an engine that did not stop, its hungry boiler fed with blood.”
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a book that combines fiction and historical events . It tells a story of the primary character Cora and does an outstanding job of painting the picture of the abysmal hopelessness of being a slave. Cora ends up running away, and most of the book focuses on her story, but it is scattered with short chapters about other characters or historical incidents as well.
I found the book quite a challenging read. From one hand it tells a story about a very dark period in humanity history. You end up being heartbroken about the treatment, racial slurs and general view towards the entire race of people. From another hand, Colson’s writing style is not the easiest one, and while utterly immersive and rich, I more than once ended up re-reading entire paragraphs to retrace or grasp on the story.
This book served me as an introductory into the history of slavery in the US. It’s powerfully emotive, thanks mainly to the heroine Cora, who is bold, determined and an incredible female protagonist. Her sheer will to survive, even in awful situations, is what it is all about.
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