The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad
2016, 306 pages, US
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, where life for the slaves is very hard. When Caesar, a new arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to try and escape. The Underground Railroad is a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems all right. Behind the city's quiet appearance however, a villainous plan is in place for its black inhabitants. Moreover, the relentless slave catcher Ridgeway, is on their track. As a result, Caesar and Cora are forced to flee again. Cora travels to North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana and the North, seeking true freedom in an odyssey through time and space. Whitehead re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era and which are still partly present today.