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Lead book review

America’s brutal borstals: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, reviewed

27 July 2019

9:00 AM

27 July 2019

9:00 AM

Novelists will always be interested in enclosed communities — or the ‘total institution’, as sociologists say. When you separate a group of individuals from larger society with a wall and a controlling mechanism, all sorts of interesting facts about the way people interact become apparent. Convents, hospitals, asylums, schools, universities and prisons all serve the purpose.

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