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Book Review | Cuddling men and tailoring scissors

Book Review | Cuddling men and tailoring scissors

MEGAN ROSS THE Madhouse is a work of dazzling complexity, a pan-African tribute to art and artists alike that explores the strange lives of a family of four. Setting the novel against the political uncertainty of Nigeria in the 1980s and 1990s, author TJ Benson takes his readers on a hallucinatory journey spanning decades and time zones with the titular character – an old asylum-cum-family home – as a portal into the secrets, dreams and yearnings of brothers André and Macmillan, and their parents Sweet Mother and Sharriff.  The Madhouse calls to mind the energy of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and…
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