I was always disgusted about how over the history, some individuals treated others just because they thought to be superiors. I will never understand how this “I have more rights than you because I have been born blonde, rich or pretty” works. However, as much as I hate racism, I love books about the injustice made by humans towards other humans, because I think that if you educate yourself and see what horrors happened in the past you can become a better person and understand that not everybody has to be the same race, have the same habits or love in the same way. We are different, and this is the beauty of humankind.
When I heard about Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” book, I wanted to read it as soon as possible, so I want to thank The Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the possibility to do so.
I read so many wonderful reviews about this novel, but I have to admit that I didn’t think I will enjoy it as much as I did. The plot follows an African American young woman, named Cora and describes her life as a slave on a plantation in Georgia, her escape and her struggle to become a free person.
Right after her break, Cora arrived in South Carolina and discovered that although the colored persons from there were treated as free people, they were actually subjects of a syphilis trials. So of course, here, the pharmacist in me screamed, because, this disease will not be diagnosticated for another 100 years, but as soon as I took this book for what it truly is, a fiction I couldn’t stand by without reading it.
The author took the meaning of the “Underground Railroad” which has been an actual network of secret routes and safe houses, used by the slaves in the 19th century in order to escape into the free states, and created a certain railroad operating underground.
I have read books about slavery in America before, but what I appreciated most about this particular one is the mystery it has around it and the fact that Colson Whitehead also describes the atrocities that slaves did to each other. He brought the immoral part of them as well and not only of their owners.
I recommend this book with all my heart and hope that each and every one of its future readers will appreciate it and learn from it that it doesn’t matter what color of the skin one has, or in what God one believes in and so on. We all have the same right to be free and enjoy the life it was given to us.