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

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 06/10/2016

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If you want to see what this nation is all about, you have to ride the rails. Look outside as you speed through, and you’ll find the true face of America. It was a joke, then, from the start. There was only darkness outside the windows on her journeys, and only ever would be darkness.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

'This is a luminous, furious, wildly inventive tale that not only shines a bright light on one of the darkest periods of history, but also opens up thrilling new vistas for the form of the novel itself.'  The Observer

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780708898390
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 237 x 160 x 30 mm

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“Haunting and harrowing ”

When I finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead I knew that I would struggle for days after. A book that not just gets into every pore of your skin but a lot deeper than that, into your very soul.... More

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“A Triumphant Feet of Writing and Imagination”

It is always so difficult to succinctly talk about a book that deals with one of humanity’s darkest periods. You hope for it to be dealt with appropriately, and yet it is so difficult to write an engaging book with a... More

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“Brutal, unnerving and absolutely essential”

Oprah was right. The Underground Railroad was her first choice in over a year for her own book club, and I can completely see why.

It is a powerful, unrelentingly horrifying, gripping story of Cora, who escapes a... More

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