Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Nearly All the Men in Lagos are Mad is a short story collection written by Nigerian author and actress Damilare Kuku. Undoubtedly these characters represent some real life bad actors but the humor and sharp wit and downright absurdity of this collection raises it to four stars. Anyhow, it still involved the reader in the storyline and made me feel like I was listening to a story from a friend. A player boy who gets tricked by an Instagram influencer but happens to find love in the most unexpected way and person.

We see harrowing tales of betrayals, double-lives and hard truths, as experienced and seemln through the eyes of women who are in turn damaged, lovingly innocent, and vindictive. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. They are just a reminder of how morally decadent we have allowed ourselves to be; we wallow in a quagmire, splashing mud all around, without first wondering when solid ground became sinking sand. In that case, I suppose the title of the book is the author making a play at publicity, which she clearly has achieved.Out of all the stories my favorite may be the Beard Gang or Sidelined only because of the craziness of the whole thing. it deftly analyses the various archetypes women are likely to encounter in the dating scene in the city – from serial cheaters, to mummy’s boys, from the ‘fake it till you make it’ adherents to the ones who can’t commit. It is once again the man who gets to feel guilty after finding out she is no longer a virgin like he hasn’t been sleeping with her best friend the entire time.

As a result, the very proponents of this culture, the new generation, are trapped in a cycle of hurt, uncontrolled lust and distended emotional capability. What may be underreported in other reviews of this book, is the tendency of the fairer species to make terrible decisions where matters of the heart are concerned.I also thought it could have benefited from a further edit, and from more variety in the narrative styles/ voices. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The range of stories, ethnicities, and experiences really threw me in for a loop as every story was something new that I could enjoy. This to me is madness, that this man seems to get the victim position when they both are secretive and toxic to each other. You liked me so much I had no choice but to start liking myself, to start acting respectable, like someone who had something special waiting for them back home.

This part of it, including the extensive use of complex and hard-to-read sentences, would have benefited from good editing. From the exaggerated machismo of Lagosian men to the absurdity of social media influencers, nothing escapes Kuku's hilarious scrutiny. It starts with a dedication that reads: “To you, and all devoted people inundated by the all-too-familiar phrase ‘Men are scum’.My favourites were International relations, A Lovers Vendetta, Side Lined, Independence Day and Beard Gang - something about its crudeness, factuality and engagement was hooking. When I first started this book, I saw a review that criticized the author's use of 'Nigerian English' and I thought the person was, well, silly. All in all, captivating read, very Nigerian, and funny in some places, also very sad if you're the sort to think about it. I also found it amusing how you can pretty much replace Lagos with Lilongwe and the message remains the same.

The idea that women are the propellers of the madness of nearly all the men in Lagos doesn’t plausibly apply to Stella or Chidubem in ‘Match Made in Heaven’. Worthy of note is that the lady in the story is another exception to women possessing these madness-propelling characters. It takes two to tango and since there was a third party in the marriage, Lisa should have been pregnant if he was so ‘fertile. A beautiful, touching and heartbreaking collection short stories, that might ring true for many men in Lagos but are almost all relateable to me as an Indian woman too. An example is when Kenny’s mother in ‘Swiped Right’ speaks ill of Bella for being on Tinder but thinks that it is men being men when Kenny brings it up that his cousin must have been on Tinder to have met her there.There's a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor's wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband's penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn. There’s a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor’s wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband’s penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn. A collection of short stories, structured as case-studies, and a form of love letter in solidarity with the women who have survived romantic relationships with men in Lagos….



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