Thursday, March 23, 2023

They Call Him Young Mungo

This news has nothing to do with the great God's Own Country except it reminded me of that film, and since we like to look at Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu we're using an image from it. Anyway, onto the news --A24 is going to make a TV series from a book called Young Mungo written by Douglas Stuart, which is described thus:

"The series, about the dangerous first love of two working class men in Glasgow... the story follows Protestant Mungo and Catholic James who live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between two of Glasgow’s housing estates where young working-class men divide themselves along sectarian lines, and fight territorial battles for the sake of reputation. They should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the doocot that James has built for his prize racing pigeons.

As they begin to fall in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo must work hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland, with two strange men behind whose drunken banter lie murky pasts, he needs to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future."
I think you'll understand why that made me think about God's Own Country. Anyway have any of you read the book? Per usual I have not, but it sounds like I might want to order a copy... which will probably then sit on my shelf and gather dust until the series happens. Just how I roll, baby. Anyway it sounds like the sort of thing we all will enjoy and hopefully this movies forward with some speed. Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

Young Mungo is set in early 1990s Glasgow, and it is bleak, and heartbreaking, but definitely worth reading, as is the author's first novel, Shuggie Bain, which won the 2020 Booker Prize.
Both novels provide insight into the harsh reality of being young and gay in hostile environments.

Mirko said...

My reading policy is not very different, I guess. Anyway I’m glad there’s a tv project regarding Young Mungo. Douglas Stewart is a very interesting new voice in Brit literature

Flaco said...

It's a very good book, beautiful and heart-braking.