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Free download The Underground Railroad ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ñ Η Κόρα είναι σκλάβα σε μια βαμβακοφυτεία στην Τζόρτζια Η ζωή είναι εφιαλτική για όλους τους σκλάβους αλλά ιδιαίτερα για την Κόρα ?σει ξανά η Κόρα ρίχνεται σ’ ένα απίστευτο ταξίδι αναζητώντας την πραγματική ελευθερία Καθώς ο Γουάιτχεντ αναπλάθει την τρομοκρατία που υφίσταντο οι μαύροι στην προεμφυλιακή εποχή η αφήγησή του αναδεικνύει το έπος της Αμερικής από τη βίαιη εκμετάλλευση των Αφρικανών μέχρι τις ανεκπλήρωτες υποσχέσεις του σήμερα Ο ΥΠΟΓΕΙΟΣ ΣΙΔΗΡΟΔΡΟΜΟΣ είναι η λεκτική απόδοση της άγριας θέλησης μιας γυναίκας να σπάσει τα δεσμά της σκλαβιάς και συνάμα ένας δυνατός στοχασμός περί της Ιστορίας που μοιραζόμαστε όλοι μας. What a world Cora thought that makes a living prison into your only haven Was she out of bondage or in its web how to describe the status of a runaway Freedom was a thing that shifted as you looked at it the way a forest is dense with trees up close but from outside from the empty meadow you see its true limits Being free had nothing to do with chains or how much space you had On the plantation she was not free but she moved unrestricted on its acres tasting the air and tracing the summer stars The place was big in its smallness Here she was free of her master but slunk around a warren so tiny she couldn’t stand Colson Whitehead People get ready there’s a train a coming Curtis MayfieldIn Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Underground Railroad he takes a figurative term and gives it a literal application This Underground Railroad posits a literal brick steel and steam system that transports fleeing slaves from southern captivity to what is hoped to be a form of freedom This RR has actual station agents and train conductors Most importantly it has passengers Image from Whitehead’s Twitter feed Our guide through this underworld is Cora 17 when we meet her a slave on the Randalls’ property in Georgia Encouraged to flee with him by fellow slave Caesar she demurs fearing failure and dire circumstances But when her situation at the property becomes too damaging to endure she signs onThroughout the tale we get bits of backstory We learn of Cora’s mother a slave who had fled when Cora was 11 never to be seen or heard from again We learn some details of slave life That brutality was a central feature will come as no surprise to anyone but some of the specifics of such an existence will be news to many of us The book had a particularly long gestation I had the idea for the book about 16 years ago recalling how when I was a kid I thought the Underground Railroad was a literal railroad and when I found out it wasn’t I was disappointed So I thought it was a cool idea and then I thought “Well what if it actually was a real railroad That seems like a cool premise for a book”  But I had just finished up a research heavy project and wasn’t up for that kind of ordeal again and I didn’t feel mature enough or up to the task But every couple of years when I was between books I would pull out my notes and ask myself if I was ready And inevitably I would realize that I wasn’t really up for it It wasn’t until about two years ago that I really committed to the idea from the Bookpage interviewThere is much here that hearkens back to literary classics Cora might certainly feel a kinship with Jean Valjean of Les Miserables escaping a wretched life but pursued by a relentless Javert like slave catcher Arnold Ridgeway Ridgeway had been enraged for years that he’d failed to find and bring back Cora’s mother Mabel who had fled six years earlier One might also think of stories like Gulliver’s Travels in which each stop along the journey points out another form of madness Colson Whitehead image from the NY TimesThe route takes Cora from Georgia to what seems a relatively benign South Carolina then on to North Carolina for some new forms of horror and finally on to Indiana which offers its own forms of misery Whitehead is not shy about part of his plan I thought why not write a book that really scares youWhitehead was interested in communicating the internal rather than external historical reality The first chapter in Georgia I tried to make realistic and stick to the historical record and then after that I wanted to stick to the truth of the black experience but not necessarily the facts As we go to South Carolina and Indiana and the different states that Cora goes to I am playing with history and time moving things up to talk about the Holocaust the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the eugenics movement So in some sense it’s not really a historical novel at all because I’m moving things around from the Bookpage interviewWhitehead peppers Cora’s story with bizarre events like regular public lynchings in one town an early and bitingly grim version of public entertainment reminiscent of feeding Christians to lions for the delight of the townspeople A living history museum in which Cora plays the part of slaves through history in diverse tableaux makes your spidey senses wonder what might resultWhitehead took his inspiration from diverse sources Cora spend a protracted time in an attic terrified of being discovered and with good reason as public lynchings are regularly held right across the street in a public park The inspiration for that was Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in which Harriet hid for years in a crawl space terrified of being captured Primarily I read slave narratives There are a few histories of the Underground Railroad; one of the first ones I read which proved the most useful was Bound for Canaan by Fergus Bordewich That gave me an overview of the railroad but the main thing was just reading the words of former slaves themselves from the Bookpage interviewIt would be a challenge to remain unmoved by Cora’s journey and impossible to come away from reading this book without learning some things about the slave experience and the conditions that people treated as property endured One may take issue with decisions made by this or that person in the story but it is worth suspending a bit of disbelief to appreciate the journey on which Whitehead leads us No one will force you to read The Underground Railroad but choosing to do so would be an excellent expression of your freedomReview posted – June 20 2017Publication date – August 2 2016EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and Twitter pagesAugust 2 2016 – NY Times Colson Whitehead on Slavery Success and Writing the Novel That Really Scared Him by Jennifer SchuesslerINTERVIEWS Oprah’s interview with CW reuires tolerating it having been broken down into very small chunks each with a 15 second ad that repeats for each section which is scream inducing Oprah American history and the power of a female protagonist Bookpagecom – by Stephanie HarrisonSONGS Follow the Drinking Gourd Go Down Moses The Gospel Train People Get Ready Swing Low Sweet Chariot Wade in the Water

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? στάση και να κατευθυνθούν προς τα βόρεια της χώρας καταδιώκονται Στην ιδιοφυή σύλληψη του Γουάιτχεντ ο Υπόγειος Σιδηρόδρομος δεν είναι απλώς μια αλληγορία – μηχανικοί και οδηγοί έχουν στήσει υπογείως ένα μυστικό δίκτυο από ράγες και σήραγγες Η πρώτη στάση της Κόρας και του Σίζαρ είναι η Νότια Καρολίνα σε μια πόλη που αρχικά φαντάζει παράδεισος αλλά κρύβει κάτι σατανικό για τους μαύρους κατοίκους Το χειρότερο είναι ότι ο Ριτζγουέι ο αμείλικτος κυνηγός σκλάβων είναι στα ίχνη τους Αναγκασμένη να το σκ?. Every year I have either never heard of the films nominated for the Best Picture Academy award or when I see them I don’t think the movie is all that great; long drawn out scenes with landscapes close ups of glowering faces monotonous dialogue etc I know that every movie doesn’t have to be action packed but forced artsy ness or movies nominated for content but not uality are frustratingThe Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize this year I have read other Pulitzer Prize winners and generally I have found them to be just okay Or in looking through the list of winners I have not even heard of them at all Because of this Pulitzer Prize and Best Picture Awards are very similar to me I really am not sure what the ultimate criteria ends up being but apparently it is not criteria that I would useDisclaimer – as you can probably tell already I did not like this book That does not mean that I wish to convince you that you should not like it or not read it It does not mean that if you gave it 5 stars I want to fight about it All it means is that this book just did not work for me and I cannot tell why it was so great We can discuss our differences in opinion but there will be no need to argueI am stuck between 1 and 2 stars on this book If there was a half star option I would move forward with a 15 star rating By the time I am done typing this review maybe I will be able to settle on which one I will go withI listened to the audiobook I always have an audiobook going on and this is the first time in a long time that I can remember fighting to maintain interest and pay attention to the story in fact I think the last time that happened was with All the Light We Cannot See – another Pulitzer Prize winner With this being the case at least one star from 5 has to be removedThe characters and the story for me were just blah I have read other stories and books with difficult subject matter about people being oppressed In those books the characters were charismatic and impassioned You felt for the characters and their plight The story is enthralling and you care about what happens and the ultimate outcome of the story Some examples of this are The Help Between Shades of Gray The Power of One etc With The Underground Railroad the story was fairly flat for me and the characters kind of uninteresting – reading about what they were going through was like a bland history book than a story meant to entertain and draw emotion Considering the subject matter this was rather unfortunate to me Also there was lots of time jumping so I was freuently confused about what was happening to whom and in what time frame this probably led to the fight to stay interested With this being the case another star has been removed bringing us to 3The book is called The Underground Railroad I thought that this was going to be about The Underground Railroad Instead the railroad is just a bit part in the main story view spoilerin the end it comes around to play a big part in the final scene but up until then we only saw it or heard it mentioned a few times hide spoiler

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The Underground RailroadΗ Κόρα είναι σκλάβα σε μια βαμβακοφυτεία στην Τζόρτζια Η ζωή είναι εφιαλτική για όλους τους σκλάβους αλλά ιδιαίτερα για την Κόρα γιατί είναι μια περιθωριακή για τους άλλους Αφρικανούς Ακόμη μεγαλύτερος πόνος την περιμένει καθώς ενηλικιώνεται και γίνεται γυναίκα Όταν ο Σίζαρ καταφτάνει από τη Βιρτζίνια και της μιλάει για τον Υπόγειο Σιδηρόδρομο οι δυο τους αποφασίζουν να αψηφήσουν τον τεράστιο κίνδυνο και να δραπετεύσουν Τα πράγματα δεν πηγαίνουν όπως σχεδίαζαν και παρόλο που καταφέρνουν να βρουν μι?. 35 stars “All men are created eual unless we decide you are not a man” I was really looking forward to this read I had an interesting relationship with The Intuitionist having read it in college and not uite grasped it then came back to it later and enjoyed it I love everything that Colson Whitehead is about and I hope to read Zone One soon but this particular foray into his work turned out to be a little less than a love affair for me The Underground Railroad starts on the Randall plantation in Georgia around 1812 This plantation is an amalgamation of every horror and tragedy you’ve ever heard of about slavery Slaves are beaten and raped for amusement even on display for the entertainment of guests sipping lemonade; attempts at fleeing from bondage or bucking the system are often arbitrarily met with public displays of execution from being strung up and castrated to a good ole fashioned tarring and feathering Life on the plantation is as rough for women—who are used as breeders for slaves hence money and are constantly at the mercy of male appetites both from those in the ivory tower and those in the fields—as it is for the laboring men In the midst of it all Cora a stray who’s gained a bit of a scarlet letter because her mother fled the plantation and left her behind years back starts her long journey to freedom one uiet night with nothing but a sack of unripe turnips two companions and the North Star as their guide But the untold horrors that she will face ahead of her on this trek will sometimes rival those that she left behind With a bounty on her head and dreams of education and freedom beckoning her forward she will stop through a slew of Southern states—all with their own systems of Southern justice and oppression—and find herself on Whitehead’s re envisaged Underground Railroad Within these pages you’ll embark on a re imagined historical truth that could only be a creation of Colson Whitehead Here the Underground Railroad is—get this—an actual train or a single rickety locomotive but you get the point complete with a conductor At times that term is allegorical than actual but even the conductors have their own pasts that at times ensnare Cora in their trap like grasp Human sterilization to control the growth of the Negro population which in some states problematically rivals the numbers of the white population blackface and the Tuskegee Project are all touched on here are all experienced by our heroine in some periphery of her journey Those are the goodie takeaways Now for my ualms This novel would’ve been better served being written in first person for Cora’s chapters at the very least This is a harrowing journey a terrifying trek into the unknown for a young woman who has never been outside of the confines of the Randall Plantation for her entire life She’s never worked for her own wages never bought her own new dress never even been to see a doctor We want to see touch and taste every moment of what she feels We want to uiver when she uivers and scream when she hurts We want to experience these truths re imagined for ourselves because this is a remarkable journey set in a harrowing past that our country would rather keep hushed and obscured To truly break us out of this—to truly immerse us in this and better make the point that Whitehead sought to make—we should’ve been suarely in Cora’s shoes not watching her from above in a slightly removed vaguely clinical 3rd person While Whitehead’s intellectualism serves his plots well it doesn’t do the greatest wonders for soulful and immersive execution Perhaps that comes down to being a matter of personal preference I found his writing style as was the case in his The Intuitionist as well to be talented but yes just a tad by the way of clinician And finesse—oh finesse thou art an allusive thing Honestly there wasn’t a lot of it here and by that I mean that this was uite the bull ride read jerky and rough I had to re read several passages because segues from one event to the next were often non existent Suddenly you were in a saloon or in the middle of an attack by rogue outlaws then learning letters in a schoolhouse Literally a person could go from alive to dead in a single four sentence paragraph Um what Shaking head vigorously What just happened now Also I could’ve done without the backstory chapters of the minor characters Every single one of those “let me elaborate on this minor character’s past life” chapters could’ve been gutted from this manuscript—all except for one And that one you’ll know when you read it Still Colson Whitehead managed to touch on the justifications and absolutions that the antebellum South whispered to themselves at night to justify their actions biblical references that laid the way for Manifest Destiny and all the other gluttonous rationalizations that makes slavery possible in any land in any era And for that I applauded him The story itself was great—a truly epic adventure—but the pace at which it jerked sometimes lullingly slow and others at whiplash inducing speeds turned me off And I have to say any novel where I feel even the slightest urge to skim and skip ahead can never get 4 stars from me But his work is definitely uniue in its own right and for that I would absolutely recommend this novel to anyone who has read the blurb and marked it as to read to anyone who’s already familiar with Whitehead’s talents and appreciated them and for those who have yet to become familiar with them I have a deep respect for this author; the style just didn’t work for me the way I’d hoped this time and for that I award 35 stars I received an advance read copy of this novel from the publisher Doubleday via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewFOLLOW ME HEREGoodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Get a Copy of My Book | Book Editing Author Coaching Submit Your Book to Me