A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

a meal in winter

Described as “A masterpiece”, “the most moving book I have read for a long time”, “Beautiful and disturbing, complex and surprising”, a “strong and simple story” that “packs a mighty punch”, this is certainly a well executed little novel, though whether it is in fact “Masterful” is debatable. Mingarelli’s prose is certainly spare and the narrative’s intensity impressive, but the novel, that can’t have many more than 20,000 words, doesn’t have much of a plot, or developed characters, does leave one wondering whether it is in fact a novel, and, if it is, how easy it is to write a novel. But is it this easy? Whatever else Mingarelli’s book works: the reader is fully engaged throughout.

Mr A

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