What did you think of Cora and how she responded to her situation? Could you relate to her? Did you care about her? Did she seem like a real person?
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What did you think of the different characters that Cora encountered on her journey?
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What was your overall impression of the book?
Would you recommend it to others?
Were you distracted or put off by the writer’s style of writing?
“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer wins the Pulitzer Prize for 2018
I’ve added the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction to the reading list. We’ll be reading it this coming September. Please review the Epilogue reading list for the up-to-date reading list.
Current Reading List
Here’s the reading list of the Pulitzer Prize winning books I plan to read over the next several months:
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (2007)
- The Late George Apley, by John Phillips Marquand (1938)
- Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (2018)
- The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2016)
- The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1921)
- The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1939)
- Honey in the Horn, by Harold L. Davis (1936)
- The Reivers, by William Faulkner (1963)
- The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck (1932)
Welcome to the Epilogue Book Club
I’m kicking of the restart of the Book Club to read and share my thoughts on prize winning novels. Right now I’m reading Pulitzer Prize winning fiction, but I might branch out in the future to include other prize winning books, such as National Book Award books.
Instead of trying to coordinating face to face meeting times with any of my friends who are reading the book, we can discuss the books on the web. Here’s how it can work:
- I’ll post a blog entry whenever I start a new book – I’ve already posted a blog entry for our first book here.
- If you’ve signed up to receive notifications via email whenever I publish a new blog entry about the Book Club, you’ll receive an email with the name of the book and the date for the “meeting” along with a link to the blog post where we can discuss the book.
- Read the book at your own pace, and then post your comments to the blog post that is assigned to the book (see #2 above). Read and respond to any of the comments at your leisure.
- Discussion of the book will conclude when I close commenting on the blog post.
To plan for future reading, I’ve published another article that shows my upcoming reading list.
If you know of any other readers who might be interested in joining the club, please share this article with them and encourage them to sign up!
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
BOOK DISCUSSION LINKS – Please click the three links below to view my thoughts regarding the questions presented:
01 – What were your initial impressions of the book?
02 – What did you think of the characters that Cora encountered?
03 – What did you think of Cora and her situation?
Here’s some additional links about this book that you might find of interest:
- Book Review from The New York Times: “In Colson Whitehead’s Latest, the Underground Railroad Is More Than a Metaphor”
- Interview with Colson Whitehead: “To deal with this subject with the gravity it deserved was scary”
- NPR author interview: Colson Whitehead’s ‘Underground Railroad’ is a Literal Train to Freedom
Reading on a Budget
Here’s some useful information about books that all the avid readers out there might appreciate:
We’ve probably all bought books from Amazon.com, but there are lots of other places on the web where you can get cheap books*.
Don’t forget about our local used bookstore, Douglasville Books, located at 7191 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville, GA (770.949.4363). If they’ve got the book, you probably won’t find it anywhere cheaper.
*Thanks to Sandra for providing links to these great online sources for new and used books. Continue reading Reading on a Budget
Tonight I finished reading this amazing book. The story depicted slavery in a much more brutal way than any other story I can recall reading. As I worked my way through the book, the terms, “white privilege” (a term I have struggled to understand) and “black lives matter” have played over and over again in my mind. I also think of “black holocaust”, a term I had only recently heard, yet as I read of Cora’s experiences and observations in North Carolina, shares so many similarities to the Jewish holocaust.
I need to take a day or two to think about this book and let its story gel in my mind before I can write much more about it. I am appalled and moved beyond description for the things that occurred in this story. I think this is an important book that will stand the test of time and, ad hard as it was to read, I am glad to have read it.