The Underground Railroad : Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

The Underground Railroad : Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

Description

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her - but they manage to find a station and head north. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor - a secret network of tracks and tunnels has been built beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, where both find work in a city that at first seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens - and Ridgeway, the relentless slave-catcher sent to find her, arrives in town. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

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Details

Author(s)
Colson Whitehead
Format
Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions
152 x 230 x 24mm | 420g
Publication date
06 Oct 2016
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint
Fleet
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0708898378
ISBN13
9780708898376
Bestsellers rank
29,102