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The Underground Railroad

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

Colson Whitehead

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD 2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER 2016

AMAZON.COM #1 BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

'Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime' Guardian

'Luminous, furious, wildly inventive' Observer

'Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book I've read this year' Stylist

'Dazzling' New York Review of Books

Praised by Barack Obama and an Oprah Book Club Pick, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award 2016 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017.

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

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Seitenzahl 320 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 02.08.2016
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780708898413
Verlag Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Dateigröße 1018 KB
Verkaufsrang 7815

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Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead, geboren 1969 in New York, studierte an der Harvard University und arbeitete für die Zeitschriften Vibe, Spin und New York Newsday sowie als Fernsehkritiker für "The Village Voice".

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Important read
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Zürich am 06.07.2020
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The Underground Railroad is an important read that illuminates the horrors of slavery while showing how many abolitionists continued to harbour racist ideas. The only thing I didn't like was the writing style. There were a few passages that were well-written, the rest is dettached, impassive and not particularly interesting to r... The Underground Railroad is an important read that illuminates the horrors of slavery while showing how many abolitionists continued to harbour racist ideas. The only thing I didn't like was the writing style. There were a few passages that were well-written, the rest is dettached, impassive and not particularly interesting to read. Really, the content is what shines. I also would've loved if side characters like Caesar or Homer had been explored a bit more and I think that the actual underground railroad was interesting but not fully utilised. Its allegorical and metaphorical power is certainly present but it was ultimately superficially explored. Which is sad because when it finally does appear, it becomes incredibly interesting and captivating. All in all, a powerful read with impactful and strong messages but a bit lacking in certain departments.

A long journey - with danger lurking around every corner...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 12.06.2020
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Whitehead's telling the arduous journey of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation down in southern Georgia, long before the American Civil War. Here life consists of nothing more than work, constant violence and nights packed together tightly on wooden floorboards. When fellow slave Caesar offers her a way out she doesn't hesitate... Whitehead's telling the arduous journey of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation down in southern Georgia, long before the American Civil War. Here life consists of nothing more than work, constant violence and nights packed together tightly on wooden floorboards. When fellow slave Caesar offers her a way out she doesn't hesitate and chooses the dangers of fleeing over any more time on the plantation. What follows is a journey full of pain, hope and setbacks, with one continuos goal in mind: The North. And with it a new life, a yet unknow liberty to go and do as Cora pleases. Freedom. The author has taken the history of the so-called "Underground Railroad" and adapted it - literally: With real tracks, trains and conductors. Brilliantly written! A must-read!

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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 15.04.2020
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Kann das Buch nur weiterempfehlen. Spannende und zugleich Traurige Thematik. Am Anfang muss man sich sehr auf den Schreibstil des Autors einlassen und die Geschichte mag für den einen oder anderen vorerst etwas eintönig wirken, da das grobe Thema des Sklavenhandels und der Sklaverei in Amerika nichts wirklich "neues" ist. Die... Kann das Buch nur weiterempfehlen. Spannende und zugleich Traurige Thematik. Am Anfang muss man sich sehr auf den Schreibstil des Autors einlassen und die Geschichte mag für den einen oder anderen vorerst etwas eintönig wirken, da das grobe Thema des Sklavenhandels und der Sklaverei in Amerika nichts wirklich "neues" ist. Die Storyline überzeugt aber nach einem relativ langen Einleitungsteil mit durchgehender Spannung und spätestens ab der Hälfte des Buches, kann man es nicht mehr aus der Hand legen. Die Gliederung der Kapitel ist sinnvoll und verzeichnet einzelne Punkte von Coras Reise durch Amerika. Der Leser begleitet sie und bekommt zu spüren, was Sklaven im Amerika auf sich nehmen mussten um auch nur in einer Illusion von Freiheit leben zu können, ohne wirklich zu wissen was dieser Begriff bedeutet und was er mit sich bringt. Unglaublich empfehlenswert1

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