In reading mode: a new nugget
In 2020, Scottish-born writer Douglas Stuart burst onto the literary scene with Shuggie Bain , winner of the prestigious Booker Prize. But in our opinion, Mungo, his second novel, is even better…
Mungo Hamilton , 15, owes his funny first name to Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city of Glasgow. This is where he lives, alongside his big sister Jodie and their “Mo-Maw”, whose alcohol problems have been getting worse for some time.
As for his brother Hamish (aka Ha-Ha), he doesn't see him as often as he used to. Because he lives with his girlfriend, and because he is now the head of an ultra-violent gang of Protestants who like to attack local Catholics.
Yes, welcome to the 1990s, when this kind of bickering is still relevant and where, according to the standards of the time, there is “nothing worse than being a chump as weak as a woman”…
Leaving to come back better?
It often happens that the summary printed on the back of books says too much, way too much. So if possible, it is better to avoid reading the one that appears at the back of this novel to let yourself be carried away little by little by the story. Which begins with the departure of Mungo, his “Mo-Maw” having decided to entrust him for a whole weekend to two licensed drunks he met at AA meetings. The purpose of this strange enterprise? Make him a real man. And for that, they are going to take him fishing in an isolated loch in the Highlands, where they will not be long in confessing to the teenager that they have both done quite a lot of prison time…
We stop there to reveal nothing. A crush.
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