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"[S]pellbinding and ferocious.... The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)"

"Whitehead, whose eclectic body of work encompasses novels playing fast and loose with 'real life, ' both past and present, fires his most daring change-up yet. . . . Imagine a runaway slave novel written with Joseph Heller's deadpan voice leasing both Frederick Douglass' grim realities and H.P. Lovecraft's rococo fantasies and that's when you begin to understand how startlingly original this book is. Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank."
--"Kirkus "(starred review)
"[S]pellbinding and ferocious.... The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)"

"Nothing, not one thing or activity, can replace the experience of a good read being transported to a different land, a different realm, through words and language. I just finished an advance copy of Colson Whitehead's new novel, "The Underground Railroad." Every now and then a book comes along that reaches the marrow of your bones, settles in, and stays forever. This is one. It's a tour de force, and I don't say that lightly."
Oprah Winfrey, "O Magazine"
"Whitehead, whose eclectic body of work encompasses novels playing fast and loose with 'real life, ' both past and present, fires his most daring change-up yet. . . . Imagine a runaway slave novel written with Joseph Heller's deadpan voice leasing both Frederick Douglass' grim realities and H.P. Lovecraft's rococo fantasies and that's when you begin to understand how startlingly original this book is. Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank."
--"Kirkus "(starred review)
"[A] magnetizing and wrenching saga. . . .Hard-driving, laser-sharp, artistically superlative, and deeply compassionate, Whitehead s unforgettable odyssey adds a clarion new facet to the literature of racial tyranny and liberation."
--"Booklist"(starred review)
"[S]pellbinding and ferocious.... The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric. Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)"
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From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

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.

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  • EditorialRandom House USA
  • Año de publicación2016
  • ISBN 10 0385537034
  • ISBN 13 9780385537032
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Descripción Hardcover. Condición: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. Doubleday, 2016, New York. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Stated "First Edition", first printing with a full number line starting at 1". 9-1/2" tall, 306 numbered pages followed by unnumbered pages of "Acknowledgements" and "About the Author"; plain black boards with very lightly textured sand colored quarter binding, black lettering on spine; plain ivory end pages; fore edge is trimmed. Book is brand new and pristine: it is square, hinges tight, corners not bumped, no dings on edges, head and heel of spine very slightly creased, interior clean and unmarked; no page corners folded or damaged; no staining or discoloration; a publisher's bound-in signature page with the author's very legible signature (see photo) immediately follows the FFEP. Jacket is also pristine: it is clean; no tears, folds or fading; raised letters of author's name and title on front panel and spine are evident, as are the railroad tracks that abound (these features have not been crushed); 1-1/2" circular black-on-gold "Signed First / Edition" sticker on front panel to the right of "Colson"; 2-1/4" x 1" black-on-white store sticker (author, title, price, ISBN number & bar code) on lower right corner of rear panel; the front panel DOES NOT have the Oprah imprint; publisher's original price of "U.S. $26.95 / CAN $34.95" listed on the upper right corner of front flap. Condition of book and jacket consistent with being brand new and not read. No other discernible or objectionable faults on book or jacket such as marks or writing within, stains, tears, chips, or other damage that would diminish its appearance. No remainder mark, no previous owner markings or inscriptions, not price clipped, not a book club edition, not a former library book. Signed by the author in thin black felt pen on a plain publisher's tipped-in page in front of the half-title page. Signed again by the author in medium black felt pen at the bottom of title page (see photo), beneath which he added the date ("9/14/16"); signed & dated in my presence at Saint Louis County (Missouri) Library headquarters on September 14, 2016, after 7 PM reading from this book. I also have a flier and a bookmark from this author event. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. del artículo: ABE-1558997665267

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