The Resource The underground railroad, Colson Whitehead

The underground railroad, Colson Whitehead

Label
The underground railroad
Title
The underground railroad
Statement of responsibility
Colson Whitehead
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Language
eng
Summary
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her - but they manage to find a station and head north. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor - a secret network of tracks and tunnels has been built beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, where both find work in a city that at first seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens - and Ridgeway, the relentless slave-catcher sent to find her, arrives in town. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share
Summary
After Cora, a pre-Civil War Georgia slave, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, 2017.
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2017.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2016
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Fiction, 2017.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Fiction, 2017.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • National Book Award for Fiction, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10515877
Cataloging source
DLC
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1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitehead, Colson
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • United States
Target audience
general
Label
The underground railroad, Colson Whitehead
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058457110
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780708898376
Lccn
2016000643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956882746
Label
The underground railroad, Colson Whitehead
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058457110
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Isbn
9780708898376
Lccn
2016000643
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956882746

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