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Hanna-B
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
Mehso-so

High expectations after Shuggie Bain. I felt Young Mungo was in many ways too similar to Shuggie in terms of plot. But it didn‘t share the incredible language and potent imagery. Young Mungo was too unrelentingly brutal for me and the hurtling head on train wreck of the characters lives was very hard for me to bear witness.

CarolynM It certainly was brutal. I will be interested to see what Stuart does next. (edited) 18h
Hanna-B @Carolyn I hope it‘s change in his next book, something with more hope and beauty 14h
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Hanna-B
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Reading this highly anticipated (by me) book at my favourite local cafe #douglasstuart #winterreading

Graywacke Gorgeous view 1w
Hanna-B Isn‘t it. It‘s a local secret too so it‘s never too busy! 1w
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nathandrake1997
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Pickpick

In the opening pages of Douglas Stuart's stunning sophomore novel YOUNG MUNGO, 15 year old Mungo Hamilton is being sent on a fishing trip with two people named Christopher and Gallowgate, who his alcoholic mother Maureen has recently befriended. This trip in her eyes is all about making a "man" out of Mungo....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....Set during the 80s in Glasgow, Mungo's world is one that is surrounded by hyper-masculinity and homophobia, to a stifling degree. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, the world around him in some shape or form doesn't fail to mention how Mungo needs to "be a man".... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....When Mungo Hamilton, who is a Protestant, and James, who is a Catholic, fall in love, the first thing they fear is Mungo's elder brother Hamish, who is this spine-chilling epitome of both toxic masculinity and homophobia..... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....Now the reason I mentioned the "Protestant" and "Catholic" bits in the previous sentence is because Hamish has this inherent bigoted hatred for Catholics.... 2w
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nathandrake1997 ....Now, coming back to the opening moments of the book, Mungo is silent throughout the trip. Christopher and Gallowgate are busy chatting away with barely a glance towards Mungo. Starting with regular anecdotes, they gradually start trading dirty, vulgar anecdotes.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....This opening sequence is a smart symbolic allusion to the psychological bildungsroman-esque journey Mungo has been unwillingly made to embark on.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....When we think about the journey itself from Mungo's eyes, being made to travel to a place that might as well can be described as "middle of nowhere" with two people that Mungo has absolutely no clue about, these two people who until a certain point continue to disregard Mungo's presence and start trading vulgar anecdotes at the drop of a hat,..... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....it tells us that this is a story about a boy being forced to take the fast lane to "growing up" while being forced to navigate said fast lane using the morally murky signboards strewn in the world around him. This is one of the many nods by Stuart to the structural nuances of his prose.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....Nuance is something that can be found in abundance here, in fact, a lot more than his stunning Booker Prize 2020 winning debut SHUGGIE BAIN. While SHUGGIE BAIN was about the emotionally fragmented relationship between a child and his alcoholic mother, at first glance, YOUNG MUNGO appears like a retread of familiar ground for Stuart,.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....since this novel at first is also about the emotionally fragmented relationship between a child and his alcoholic mother. But what sets this novel apart from and in my opinion, a step above SHUGGIE BAIN, is the widening of narrative scope in Stuart's prose..... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....Here, along with chronicling the relationship between Mungo and his alcoholic mother Maureen, Stuart also elaborates on other facets of Mungo's life. His relationship with his siblings, the kind and ambitious Jodie and the nauseatingly toxic Hamish, is fleshed out in a much more layered and nuanced manner when compared to the fleeting way in which Stuart mentioned Shuggie's relationship with his siblings.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....And then, there is the central romance itself. A James Baldwin-esqe love story with Shakespearean undertones, the romance between Mungo and James is written in a manner so heartfelt that one can't help but be swept away by it.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....James is the owner of a doocot, a space where pigeons are caged. Their romance blooming in a doocot is an allusion to the fact that no matter how many flights of fancy they undertake, the world around them will always clip their wings at the first chance they get. 2w
batsy "A James Baldwin-esque romance with Shakespearean undertones"—that sounds both lovely and devastating! Great review yet again. I really need to read this author. 2w
nathandrake1997 @batsy Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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kspenmoll
The Rookery | Emily Organ
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Finished the first in series by Emily Organ, Limelight, today(read 50% to end). Starting 2nd in series, The Rookery. Plan to read sections of the other books, and leaving myself open to something that may strike my mood.??
#Victorianmystery #womanjournalist #memoir #poet #biography #DeniseLevertov #poet #SylviaPath #literarymystery

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2w
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kspenmoll
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#wineandbooks #spaghetti #poets #SylviaP #literarymystery
“Bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer.”(book jacket)

LeahBergen I want some spaghetti now. 😆 2w
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Hanna-B
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Bought it today, I can‘t wait but also girding my loins

CarolynM It‘s good but it‘s brutal. 3w
Hanna-B I‘ve heard more so than Shuggie 🙈 3w
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jlhammar
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Oh, sweet Mungo. I really feel like I‘ve been through the emotional wringer finishing this today. Tragic and brutal, but also tender and deeply moving. And, as with Shuggie Bain, just stellar writing.

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Suet624
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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This is the worst time for me to be reading dysfunctional family dramas. Going in I knew it would a tough read. There are some authors who know how to break your heart into tiny bits. Mungo is a sweet, loving, gay teenager with a drunk unfit mother and a hooligan for a brother. Mungo falls in love and that part is told in the sweetest of ways. But evil lurks all around him with both his mother and his brother sending him off to obvious harm.

Jas16 I bought this book and it has been sitting unread on my shelves because I know it is going to break my heart. Great review. 1mo
Suet624 @Jas16 Thank you. I had to take it slow with this one. I wish life was not so tough on so many. 1mo
jlhammar Great review! This one is also breaking my heart at the moment. Really good though. I'm about halfway through. 1mo
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Suet624 A great character study. Those characters live inside me now, each and every one. 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘re quiet! I hope you‘re doing well 🤍 1w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Hi! Yes, I've noticed the same thing! :) I've been housesitting, dog sitting, working full time on the election processing, cleaning an Airbnb, and half the time I forget where I am when I wake up. Just went for a week-long trip to an ocean setting with 17 of my family and that was delightful/exhausting. So the election is in 2 days and my last housesitting gig for a while will be next weekend for 4 days. .... (edited) 1w
Suet624 @barbarabb ... I've been managing to read, just not able to jump on Litsy because either my phone has died, my computer has run out of gas, or I'm typing School Board minutes. :) I'm now on the Board of Trustees for the Village I live in - 322 people could have voted, only 17 folks voted, and I won unanimously. Sad when only 17 people vote! So I have a full plate. But I hope things will quiet down in a few months. I hope all is well with you. 1w
BarbaraBB That sounds extremely busy but I hope fulfilling. Congratulations with your election. It is sad when so few people vote but maybe you can change things a little bit now that you‘re on the Board. Also good luck with the election this week. Take care of yourself in the meantime, keep reading 📖 🤍😘 1w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much. You're very caring and it's greatly appreciated. Of course it's my own fault. The minute I have the tiniest bit of free time I fill it with obligations. :) 1w
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Hanna-B
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart

Excited anticipation for this most marvellous author‘s second novel. He is born to write

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booksandsympathy
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This book was absolutely perfect! Three thieves hide out for the night in a closed down but magical general store and receive a letter asking for advice. They decide to answer the letter and soon a mystery unfolds. They way the stories interconnect was genius. I borrowed it from the library, but want to buy my own copy so I can re-read it whenever I want and force my husband to read it too.

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