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Soul City The protagonist of Soul City, Cadillac Jackson, may struggle to pay tribute to Touré's magical titular city, but the author has no such...Soul CityFiction The protagonist of Soul City, Cadillac Jackson, may struggle to pay tribute to Touré's magical titular city, but the author has no such...2004-09-03Little Brown & Company
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Soul City

Genre: Fiction; Author: Toure; Status: In Season; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

The protagonist of Soul City, Cadillac Jackson, may struggle to pay tribute to Touré’s magical titular city, but the author has no such problems. He lyrically describes a place where men walk with ”such visible rhythm, physical artistry, and attention to aesthetics that it looked like a pimp-stroll convention.” Music comes out of sidewalks, death wants a PR rep, and trips to heaven or hell (and back again) are possible here. But even a fictional promised land for black folks is no utopia: Soul City has drugs, the projects, and, as always, the Man. And while Cadillac’s journey from outsider to member isn’t always clear, what is clear is the book’s central question: ”Cain’t ugly be beautiful?”

Originally posted September 3 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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