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Next Reading Group Meeting

Venue: Joyce’s house in Garies

Date: Monday 2nd July 2018

Time: Midday for pot luck lunch, 2pm for discussion

Contact: Karen Burroughs or Joyce Booth

Details: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Reading Group Review – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

TWIG Reading Group June 2018

Colson Whitehead’s ‘ The Underground Railroad’ generated a fair amount of discussion .Once again the reading group was fairly split in its response to this book.
Generally agreed to be well written, his use of a reverse metaphor: that the name given to the secret network working to help runaway slaves reach a place of safety is described literally as an underground railway, didn’t sit well with all.
Several people struggled to finish the book because of this contrivance. The inclusion of fantasy within a story of such horrific historical significance being too much.
However some felt it did work moving on the narrative of the book. Some of us found the prose to be almost poetic, conveying dramatically the brutality of the plantation.
The heroine of the story is Cora a runaway slave from a plantation in Georgia. She is pursued by slave catcher Ridgeway. Several people found her story to be incredibly poignant and very page turning as well as informative.
Her escape is a case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire” since what she discovers outside the plantation is almost equally as grim. In truth, apparently the number of slaves who did escape was minimal.