Don’t miss on this Summary of Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel, The Underground Railroad. His fictional take on the narrative of the life of an American slave paints a picture you won’t soon forget.
By looking at the realities of history with a slightly shifted lens, the prize-winning author Colson Whitehead has produced a stunning book about the inhumanities suffered by African Americans in the nineteenth century.
Cora is a third generation slave on a plantation in Southern Georgia. Her life and the lives of those around her are horrific, and they are exposed to unspeakable brutalities from an early age. Only one woman has ever escaped the plantation, and that woman is Cora’s mom; something that Cora can never forgive her for.
Soon becoming an outcast on the plantation, Cora is abandoned to the house of the rejects on the property, where her only possession is a small patch of garden that her grandmother tended before her.
When Caesar, a new slave arrives, he convinces Cora to run away with him. The two of them head for the Underground Railroad, which in this ingenious version of history is a real railroad that rumbles below the ground of the ignorant whites above. The train takes the two of them to South Carolina, where their struggles for freedom and the chance to define their own lives begin.
As Cora is forced to flee the capture of the ruthless slave catcher Ridgeway, she takes the train through different places in America. Each leg in her journey reveals a different world to her, filled with new challenges that must be overcome before she can find true freedom.
Whitehead seamlessly interweaves the brutalities of the American South with the fables of Gulliver’s Travels, leaving the reader with a new perspective on the scourge of slavery and a deeper appreciation for the trials that African Americans have been forced to endure.
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