2017/01/25

BOOK REVIEW:
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BY COLSON WHITEHEAD

Title: The Underground Railroad
Author: Colson Whitehead
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 306
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
In this story, the metaphor of the Underground Railroad comes to life, and we follow Cora, a slave, on her journey to seek freedom.


Review:
This is yet another book I had heard amazing things about and since I find stories about America and slavery to be fascinating, I thought this would be perfect for me. In some ways, it lived up to those expectations, but in others, not quite.

I loved the setting and the way the author brings to life the era of America as a slave nation and the politics of it. I loved reading about the railroad and it worked wonderfully to weave the story together. The writing itself is solid, though not particularly striking.

I was quite invested in the story as I read it, especially in the last two thirds because it is quite exciting. However, when I finished it and put the book down, I started thinking about the characters and realised I didn't really feel like I got to know them and truly connect to them. I felt slightly held at a distance and I think that's unfortunate.

All in all, I thought this was a solid read and definitely worth checking out if you like historical fiction.
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