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    An absorbing but disturbing story . .

    Colson Whitehead's novel "The Underground Railroad" tells the story of a Cora, a young slave in the American South. The horrors of slavery are vividly depicted, and the book is not an easy read. Whitehead takes some liberties with history, and some reviewers have said that he mixes history with fantasy. For example, for those unfamiliar with this history, while Whitehead depicts the underground railroad as a real railroad, of course it wasn't. Rather it was a link of safe houses from the American South to Canada which, with the help of abolitionists and their supporters, allowed runaway slaves to reach freedom. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 and later a tougher law in 1850 meant that to be truly free runaway slaves had to escape the US, and many runaway slaves entered Canada (largely Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia) as a result. I found it very hard to put this novel down; reading it is well worth the time, even if it causes you, as it did me, to lose a night's sleep!
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    Very moving

    Profoundly moving. Shines a light on the America of today. What a wonderful imagination to create the railway!
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    sad subject

    I think this is an interesting, important and terrible subject matter. Everyone needs to learn some about it if you haven't. I think the author could have made things more personal. I didn't feel as emotionally involved as I would have liked.
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    It was fine, I guess

    With all the hype this book got, it's no wonder it kept popping up on lists for books you have to read. But I don't know that I had to read this. Poor Cora's story starts of slow, and she stays slow throughout. The most dynamic and interesting characters don't get the time or the development they deserve because we're meant to be following Cora on her journey. It's a doozy of a journey, don't get me wrong, but everything that could be interesting about it falls flat because Cora lacks oomph. It's not a difficult read. Good for a trip or some light sit-and-follow-the-plot. The main advertising point, the underground railroad being a literal railroad rather than a simple metaphor, feels forced in and ultimately unimportant, especially at the point where one of the better characters points out the plot ploy for what it is. I never really knew what to expect the next turn on Cora's journey would be, but I could always anticipate her vague ending. I don't know who I would recommend this to...but there must be someone...
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    An amazing heart stopping read.

    One of the most engaging books about this time and place in US history.
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