Friends, it’s time to talk about Young Mungo! Did you love it? Did you find it difficult? Are you excited to talk about it with your fellow Read With Us-ers? Yes to all of those questions? I’m right there with you.
I’ve already shared my review, so you know that I found it brilliant and felt like it was reading about Shuggie Bain’s next door neighbor. So many of the same themes were present . . . poverty, alcoholism, abuse . . . Stuart does an incredible job of creating rich and human characters in a real life setting with a heartbreaking story. There’s no stereotypes, it’s just raw and real and profound.
My question for all of you is: what did you think of the ending? We see Mungo wave to James and then . . . that’s it. It’s clearly meant to be ambiguous and Stuart doesn’t tell us what happens next. Does Mungo join James and live happily ever after? Is James even really there? What would you write for the ending if you were given the chance?
Please tell me in the comments and remember that you are invited to join us for a Zoom discussion this evening at 7:00pm EST. If you haven’t received a Zoom link and you’d like one, just let me know in the comments. And please check out Bonny and Kym’s posts today as they will also be asking questions about Young Mungo.
I know one thing . . . I can’t wait to read whatever Douglas Stuart writes next.