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The Underground Railroad: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

av Colson Whitehead (Författare)

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Cora växer upp som slav i amerikanska södern. En dag beslutar hon sig för att fly via den underjordiska järnvägen som hjälper slavar att ta sig till norr. I verkligheten var det som kallades den underjordiska järnvägen ett nätverk av hjälpare – i Whiteheads roman har den tagit bokstavlig form. Ett drabbande mänskligt drama som ställer frågor om ras, slaveri, historia och vår egen tid.Översättare: Niclas Nilsson [Elib]… (mer)
Medlem:sandy_g
Titel:The Underground Railroad: A Novel
Författare:Colson Whitehead (Författare)
Info:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2016), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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    Älskade av Toni Morrison (shaunie)
    shaunie: Morrison's masterpiece is a clear influence on Whitehead's book, and his is one of the very few I've read which bears comparison with it. In fact I'd go so far as to say it's also a masterpiece, a stunningly good read!
  2. 20
    The Water Dancer av Ta-Nehisi Coates (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Two amazing authors, two different literary approaches to the underground railroad, two stories, one terrible time in US history.
  3. 20
    Exit West av Mohsin Hamid (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Both books use a magical means of transportation to illuminate the plight of refugees (runaway slaves in one and immigrants in the other.)
  4. 20
    Underground Airlines av Ben H. Winters (elenchus)
    elenchus: That popular culture phenomenon of the uncanny twins, two works appearing together yet unrelated in authorship, production, inspiration. Why do they appear together? In this case, each is compelling enough to read based on their own, but for me irresistable now they've shown up onstage at the same time. Ben Winters's Underground Airlines a bizarro underground railroad, updated (for reasons left implicit) for air travel; Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad making the escape trail a concrete reality. Each also addresses our world, in between stations.… (mer)
  5. 20
    Den kända världen av Edward P. Jones (lottpoet)
  6. 10
    Rötter : berättelsen om en amerikansk familj av Alex Haley (charlie68)
  7. 10
    Rädda varje spillra av Jesmyn Ward (sturlington)
  8. 10
    Twelve Years a Slave av Solomon Northup (charlie68)
    charlie68: Both describe the brutalities of slavery.
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    Vända hem av Yaa Gyasi (chwiggy)
  10. 01
    Steal Away Home: One Woman's Epic Flight to Freedom - And Her Long Road Back to the South av Karolyn Smardz Frost (figsfromthistle)
  11. 01
    Mannen i det höga slottet av Philip K. Dick (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Disturbing Alternate Histories of America.
  12. 04
    Borta med vinden av Margaret Mitchell (charlie68)
    charlie68: A classic not a pc one but from a southern viewpoint.
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Beautiful and brutal. Some of the sentences stopped me cold. ( )
  VaniceD | Oct 11, 2021 |
a black slave called Cora as she tries to escape the cotton plantations of Georgia. ( )
  puttsplace | Oct 10, 2021 |
National Book Award
  FUMCMoorestown | Oct 6, 2021 |
I saw this book tagged as science fiction, and I think my expectations led me astray a bit. There’s an alternate history aspect to the story, but it isn’t explained or developed into anything, and I kept expecting it to turn into more than it did. I kept speculating about how it might turn into a full-fledged science fiction story, and found myself more interested in the stories I was imagining than the one I was reading.

The Underground Railroad is set in the U.S., before the Civil War. It focuses primarily on Cora, a young woman whose grandmother had been stolen from Africa. Cora is enslaved on a cotton farm in Georgia. The main speculative element of the story is that the underground railroad is a literal underground railroad, not a metaphorical name for a network of people helping slaves to escape via various methods as it was in reality. There are also other anachronistic elements. My knowledge of the chain of events during that era (or any other era; I hated history in school) isn’t strong, but there were story elements that I’m pretty sure didn’t happen in the manner described, or at least not in the same chronology. The railroad seemed to take us not only to different places, but also to different facets of how prejudice against black people was demonstrated. None of this was explained though, neither within the story nor in any author’s notes at the end.

As with any book about slavery, it was terribly hard to read parts of it. Because of my incorrect expectation that there would be a stronger science fiction element, I was speculating early on that maybe there was some sort of time travel involved with people from the future trying to help end slavery sooner, or maybe a smaller scale change focusing on a specific ancestor. Or I considered maybe it was an alternate history where aliens had landed on earth and were subtly trying to help without revealing themselves. I kept wanting to read something like that, something that would show us what might have happened if somebody had tried to change or reduce the horrible things that really did happen, but instead the story was a concentrated dose of a variety of horrible things, with a small speculative element used as a vehicle to carry us from one awful thing to another.

In most books I’ve read that were set in the slavery era, slaves have usually been presented as more united, helping and supporting each other. In this book, we see some of the slaves antagonizing each other, fighting for what few privileges they can obtain, subjugating a subset of their own people for being different, etc. I was taken aback by this at first, but it’s probably a more realistic view. Humans, regardless of their color or status, can be horrible. Sometimes people who are treated poorly turn around and inflict that same treatment on others. Not everybody was portrayed that way, of course. This book I think portrayed a more balanced view of human nature, showing both good and bad black people and good and bad white people.

I thought this was an interesting and well-written book, with many important points. However, it didn’t hold my interest strongly and I went into it with incorrect expectations that led me to want a different type of story than I got. I also didn’t feel a strong attachment to any of the characters. I liked Cora, and I cared what happened to her, but I never felt that strong level of investment that some authors manage to generate for their characters. I’m rating it at 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 on Goodreads. ( )
1 rösta YouKneeK | Sep 9, 2021 |
This book was a remarkable read—one that I think every American should read. In shocking, realistic, and blunt ways, the author describes the horrors and realities of every day life of slaves and the difficulties faced by those who tried to shelter slaves. As one reviewer said, at times, I was almost afraid to read the next page out of fear for what would happen next. And it is tragic to realize how much slavery and discrimination persist in this world. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
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Der Roman des afroamerikanischen Autors Colson Whitehead über die Sklaverei in den USA des 19. Jahrhunderts kommt in deutscher Übersetzung nun gerade recht, um auf den heutigen Rassismus zu verweisen.
 

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Cora växer upp som slav i amerikanska södern. En dag beslutar hon sig för att fly via den underjordiska järnvägen som hjälper slavar att ta sig till norr. I verkligheten var det som kallades den underjordiska järnvägen ett nätverk av hjälpare – i Whiteheads roman har den tagit bokstavlig form. Ett drabbande mänskligt drama som ställer frågor om ras, slaveri, historia och vår egen tid.Översättare: Niclas Nilsson [Elib]

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