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Soul City
by Toure Toure

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0316741582

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Soul City
Little, Brown, Sep 2004, $19.95, 184 pp.
ISBN: 0316741582

Chocolate City Magazine sends journalist Cadillac Jackson on the soul train to write a short piece on the mayoral election in Soul City. Though his assignment is expected to last three days, Cadillac has ambitions that only residents of the City would have; he plans to write the definitive book on the city with more Mojo than any other in the world. In his opinion others have tried to explain the heart of Soul City, but all have failed.

Cadillac observes the mayoral race in which the parties serve up their musical platforms, but also sees the undercurrent of antagonism between the rivals in what is the supposed African-American utopia. He sees, hears and tastes the true culture and feels his heart go into palpitations when he meets resident Mahogany Sunflower. However, as Cadillac falls in love, he also realizes evil is undercutting the value of being a black man as thugs, like serpents in Eden, and a billionaire business bogie threaten the well being of the proud black culture tearing at the soul that makes Soul City dance to its own drummer.

SOUL CITY is an exhilarating allegorical tale that satirizes racial stereotypes through hyperbole. The effervescent well written story line contains an intriguing comparison of a pure “cornbread” society through the eyes of a white toasted outsider. Ironically, the overstatement jabs the message into the reader’s face without the swift subtly of A Modest Proposal, but also hooks the audience with its strong spirit to embrace difference.

Harriet Klausner


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