I don’t subscribe to a huge amount of YouTube video’s but one that I always watch is, Christopher Allen who at some point last year recommended this book, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. There are a number of video’s on YouTube reviewing this book and there are several interviews with the author.
The cynic in me, and I have said this numerous times about a number of different books, that those that tend to be winners of various awards are not, in my view great. This is my exception.
I watched Christopher talk about the book and immediately added it to my Amazon wish list for the paperback version to be available in the UK. I have searched Christopher’s channel and cannot find exactly where he mentioned it, but the video below is his 2017 favourites and you can hear what he says at about it at 10:43 in if you don’t want to watch the entire video. If I can find the initial review from Christopher I will leave the link below.
This was a wonderfully written book is written as a fictional account. There are some scathing reviews on Amazon and a subject such as this was always going to have a mix of reviews. For me it made me think and consider the subject further.
I remember a news report here in England, when the Sky News US Correspondent spoke with former President Obama as he wished an elderly black lady happy birthday. She was so over joyed not only that the president was talking to her, but that he was black and just how far the US had come. The final comment was poignant, “but it still is not far enough“.
The one thing about history is that we cannot forget what has happened, but we should be able to learn from those events, sadly on occasions, we do not appear to do so.
Have any of you read the book? If you have, do leave a comment about your thoughts on the book.