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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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    An amazing heart stopping read.

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

    Best of first three read in the Man Booker long list of finalists for 2017 I definitely feel this should be in the shortlist
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