Soul City

Soul City By Touré, Soul City From the wildly popular author of the groundbreaking debut The Portable Promised Land comes an inventive and hilarious first novel about an African American utopia threatened by the darker side of hum
  • Title: Soul City
  • Author: Touré
  • ISBN: 9780316741583
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Soul City By Touré, From the wildly popular author of the groundbreaking debut The Portable Promised Land comes an inventive and hilarious first novel about an African American utopia threatened by the darker side of human nature Welcome to Soul City, where roses bloom in the cracks of the sidewalk along Cornbread Boulevard, musical genres become political platforms, and children use their aFrom the wildly popular author of the groundbreaking debut The Portable Promised Land comes an inventive and hilarious first novel about an African American utopia threatened by the darker side of human nature Welcome to Soul City, where roses bloom in the cracks of the sidewalk along Cornbread Boulevard, musical genres become political platforms, and children use their allowance money to buy records from the Vinyl Man Its an unusually peaceful and magical American community with a strong heritage and sense of unity at least, thats how journalist Cadillac Jackson first finds it When Jackson visits Soul City on a magazine assignment, a mayoral election is imminent and candidates from opposing parties are battling to control the citys soundtrack Amidst the increasingly hostile campaign, Cadillac falls for Mahogany Sunflower, a beautiful Soul Cityzen, and begins a struggle to shed the embattled African American identity hes been taught to adopt, in order to exist in a community where the content of his character really does determine a black mans identity What he discovers reveals as much about himself as it does about human nature and the meaning of race in America.
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    About "Touré"

    1. Touré

      Tour Neblett is an American novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality.

    647 thoughts on “Soul City”

    1. I read Soul City several years ago, and what I really liked about it was the fantastical trip it took me on I literally felt like I was in an alternate universe with musical beings living a supernatural life And it was so visual I laughed out loud often at his characterizations and descriptions I could literally hear the music as I was reading I disappeared into it every time I read a story I feel you on the disjointedness, but it put me in the mind of Pulp Fiction You just kinda have to get it [...]


    2. Terrific idea so so execution I like Toure as a journalist, and that includes both his roles as music critic and defender of all things black And I like the concept here of both celebrating and commenting on black culture through a series of references and symbols from pop culture, music, literature, and history But I feel like, as symbols, most of them are underdeveloped, and not as clever as Toure might like to think The characters are flat, the central narrative very loose, and the prose a li [...]


    3. Toure, Toure, Toureying so desperately to be looked at as a new Negroe , as one who broke the mold, apart from the pack Negro Soul City, the city of Harlem in a fever dream, where every possible Black Stereotype exists, is scathingly satirized, and chronicled But while Toure thinks he s tipping sacred cows, he s only adding himself to a long list of authors and comedians willing to go there The only difference that I can see is that those others, Langston Hughes, Pervical Everret, Rchard Pryor, [...]


    4. What a romp Cadillac Jackson, the Big Mama s, Jigaboo Shampoo it s just a crazy bit of black fun It s not a serious read but it did make me think about why some things are only racist when they come from outside the race There would be a hit out on this guy if he wasn t black, and it would probably be justified All that aside, it s a great, fun book.


    5. This was pretty disappointing I LOVED The Portable Promised Land, and was feverishly looking forward to a novel s worth of Soul City But it seemed that Toure didn t really know what he wanted to communicate to the readers.The idea of Soul City as a metaphor for American black culture is an intriguing one, put to beautiful effect in The Portable Promised Land But in this book, nothing really develops, and there were missed opportunities to expand on previous concepts Like, for instance, who exact [...]


    6. Short, easy read Fun and light, most of the time, but sometimes I think the author was trying hard to add a message or drive home a point that wasn t necessary if this was supposed to be fun and light I like Toure and appreciate his cultural critiques his MSNBC show is cool, he s a prolific Twitter er, and he s written some fantastic pieces elsewhere However, this book was not one of his explicitly deep or thought provoking pieces unlike his Who s Afraid of Post Blackness , which I enjoyed much [...]


    7. Anyone looking for a postmodern novel that spins tales of myth and reality flawlessly into a readable text, Toure has provide one I have taught this text for four classes, and students have always responded with awe and a bit of shock these are adequate responses Cadillac Jackson, the protagonist, is a journalist sent to write a story on the black utopia of Soul City and collides at times with a history and people so good at being bad that it leaves the reader questioning the social and politica [...]


    8. I selected this book for my book club I ll say when I picked it up I purchased it purely on watching his pop culture segments on CNN, specifically during the primary election season.While on the surface, while reading this book my first thought was this is some crap But after you continue to read there are a lot of deeper issues planted within He may take a satiracal approach but it broaches real issues in the African American community Specifically dealing with our lack of pride, things that de [...]


    9. Soul City was just okay While the story gives interesting commentary about black culture and stereotypes, it is a bit all over the place I really had a hard time connecting with the main character, Cadillac Jackson In fact, he is not really the main character, Soul City is And while all of the stories were funny, witty, and clever and some thought provoking, the overall story was disjointed.


    10. This is one of the funniest, most imaginative books I ve ever read Ostensibly about Cadillac a journalist trying to describe Soul City for a book, this is an accurate vibe of black life It rolls along no, it hops, skips, jumps it carries you along with it on a melliflous spoof parody of everything black our attitudes toward it Fun reading


    11. Most of Soul City bops along like an acid fueled funk song Over the top characters in an over the top city and its hard truths roll over you like warm waves Soul City is part allegory, part fairytale, part Black history The story ends suddenly, each loose end tied up in its own small paragraph, and it is most unsatisfying because it feels like a copout.


    12. I was pretty into this book Not quite at first, but it stuck faithfully to its own mythology, and was a smart, very smart and inventive look into what it means to be black in America Tongue and cheek and simultaneously entirely serious, this book accomplishes what it sets out to do and is magical, devastating, and uplifting.


    13. this is the most skillful hideous gorgeous magi real satire book by a U.S.American that i ve possibly ever read very garcia marquez very loving and critical of Black culture can t claim to have caught ALL the references and ALL the cameos but so glad i stumbled upon it in the stacks.


    14. A decent follow up to the Portable Promised Land, this was indeed an entertaining read, though it s tongue in cheeck cynicism and reliance on pop references to keep it s satirical narrative going get somewhat tiresome.





    15. I don t know how to describe how much I LOVE the author This was an excellent book He mixed real life with fantasy without losing his story too much




    16. What the hell was all this about I knwo it wa supposed to be a new kind of writing, but seriously However saying that, I did read it in 3 hours





    17. great read love toure highly recommend it moves quickly Can not wait to read some of his other works.



    18. This is the first book I have read by this author It was ok, but it wouldn t necessarily pick up another one of his books.



    19. I LOVED this book It pulls a lot from African American history to build teh characters and tell the story Very creative in how it is written and soulful , but not in the way you d expect



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