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?
What did you think of the different characters that Cora encountered on her journey?
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?
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.
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)
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!
BOOK DISCUSSION LINKS – Please click the three links below to view my thoughts regarding the questions presented:
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
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