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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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    The Underground Railroad

    This gave new insight to the way southern white people really felt about African Americans as well we the horrible consequences to the slaves
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    Hmm..

    I really dont like the concept of a literal train underground for freeing slaves. I could not get past that.
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    Over rated

    Disjointed prose- runs on. drops. starts again. ranked by the elite experts but they csn keep it all
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