The Portable Promised Land: Stories
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The Portable Promised Land: Stories

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  128 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Welcome to Soul City, the fictional American metropolis where magic is as natural as sunshine. With this inspired collection--in which irreverent humor and sharp-eyed social satire combine to produce unforgettable stories--Toure emerges as one of the most talented and inventive young writers at work today.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 4th 2003 by Back Bay Books (first published July 2002)
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Twitter has sort of changed my view of Toure but this book fantastic. Fresh, delightful. I bought it three don't know me but usually when I lose a book that I've already read, I cut my losses because I'm cheap.
so...does my *** rating make me less of a boho chic geek??

i read tppl after hearing how dope, fresh, witty, weird, and engaging it was for the 25th time in seven years. i dug it, but it didn't resonate with me in the way most of my friends(who share similar tastes in tomes) had mentioned. yes, books can transcend time, but i believe that this work is located in a specific moment, experience, and clique--one that if i had read it c. 2003-05, i'd be evangelizing its greatness along with the crew....more
Rachel Grey
This is a fabulous collection of stories, inventive, witty, wild. The title track tells of a man who bargains with the devil to achieve his ends: he never wants to see white folks again. Blindness, salvation, and flight. Toure attempts new flights of fancy as he writes of magic sneakers. He distills the world of african american imagery and possiblity into a truly hip and passionate vision of a wild and mystical world. Laugh out loud funny, filled to the brim with absurdities and truths too absu...more
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2004...Read for school. Now I'm not really a fan of magic realism. In fact, every other book I've tried to read in the genre I've never finished. This collection was actually not so bad. The stories take place in Soul City, a urban black utopia of sorts. Some of the stories left me a bit bored, but others were good. I got the chance to meet Toure and he read some of the stories that will be in his next book which centers around more residents of Soul City. I'll be sure to pick it up because it s...more
magical realism. inventive, imaginative, irreverent to the point of making me feel uncomfortable at times.
I enjoyed the larger-than-life stories at the beginning of the book...the first three tales, perhaps? Then skipped about and read a few others but some seemed familiar---as though I had read somethign similar beforedidn't have enough interest to read them all. Well written satirical times bombastic, but some storylines may appeal to you more than others...
Paul Cirone
This was an absolute pleasure. Irreverent. Full of formidable originality and creativity. Endlessly fascinating and provocative. This guy is sortof a genius and these are some of the best short stories I've ever read. Highly recommend this one.
Fritz Graham
Hilarious! This collection of short stories was a nice change to the sad and extensive fantasy novels i've been reading lately. You should pick this one up if you would like a literary change of pace.
I loved this book!!! It's like reading an urban, adult fairytale. The short stories are so original. This is just such a fun read. We read this for our book club and everyone enjoyed it.
Natalie Gross
Jun 24, 2008 Natalie Gross rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
One of my favorite books. I enjoy his humor and his writing style. Anything with magical realism has my vote.
Sandra Proto
a literary In Living Color, Saturday Night Live, Mad Tv, South Park and The Twilight Zone”
this is one of my favorite books. toure makes magical realism hilarious and touching.
Mar 12, 2007 Dominique rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone black
This book is hilarious. A great, great great subway book that is indeed quite funny.
Some standout stories. I especially enjoyed the "top 50 words in Black America"
amazing! touré is a truth-teller and a wonderful storyteller.
Sidik Fofana
SIX WORD REVIEW: Magical realism meets the Black neighborhood.
Hood and intellegent; the stories will CRACK YOU UP!
critically funny; classic black gen X shit
Jan 30, 2008 Kevin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
top 5 fiction books, will bring you home
Terri Adele
I so dislike this book.
Great book of short stories.
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Touré Neblett is an American novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality.

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