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 problems.… 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 problems.… 2004-09-02 Fiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

Soul City (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2004; Writer: Toure; Genre: Fiction; 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 Sep 03, 2004 Published in issue #781 Sep 03, 2004 Order article reprints
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