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The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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“Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with Bunny Munro. As it stands, though, this novel emerges emphatically as the work of one of the great cross-genre storytellers of our age: a compulsive read possessing all of Nick Cave’s trademark horror and humanity, often thinly disguised in a galloping, playful romp.” —Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
“[Nick Cave] stands as one of the great writers on love of our era.” —Will Self, author of The Book of Dave
“Nick Cave will obviously live forever, just because the devil’s scared of him. Ever since he stomped out of the junkyard with the Birthday Party, Cave has walked tall in the role of Lucifer’s rock-and-roll boyfriend.” —Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Top Customer Reviews
Seen as a farce and satire on human, in particular male, behaviour, one might get some enjoyment out of reading the travails of Bunny and his women. The lurid descriptions, however, become predictable and repetitive... No doubt, he is a sex addict of a certain kind more than anything else; if no suitable object for his almost constant availability is in his field of vision, he gets himself into the mood for the next encounter by imagining Avril Lavigne's "mother of all" private parts.
I have to admit that this is not my kind of book. Still, I have to respect Cave's writing excellence when it comes to evoking the seedy to depressing atmosphere of the apartments, houses or restaurants and their neighbourhoods that Bunny visits. With a few deft strokes he also captures the essence of the people the salesman meets. When later on in the story he recalls images of his characters, and in particular the women's more or less attractive body parts, the reader will also remember the individuals and the encounters the hero had with them.Read more ›
The prose is rich, almost purple: “Bunny realizes that something has changed in his wife’s voice, the soft cellos have gone and a high, rasping violin has been added, played by an escaped ape or something.” Or “He hears [the chirping of starlings] now above the bombination of the air conditioner and it is sufficiently apocalyptic to almost arouse his cuiosity. But not quite.Read more ›
At the emotional heart of this death trip of a ride is this extremely tender and movingly captured relationship between the Bunny Munro of the title and his nine year old son Bunny Junior. It has real depth and is utterly convicing and so when you do get to the end of the rollercoaster you feel literally spent.
But along the way you will experience some of the sharpest and funniest writing you are likely to find this year. Fans of Cave's music will lap it up like cream (and the audio book which he has recorded with an accompanying soundtrack by him and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis) but it should also win over a lot of new fans because it is so damn good. The novel's protoganist, the travelling salesman Bunny Munro, is an unforgettable and utterly flawed and tragic anti-hero that is going to live forever.
Rock on Mr Cave and thanks for writing such a stunning book. And please don't leave it another twenty years before you give us a third novel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant but ultimately disturbing book. Like anything from Nick Cave it is challenging but completely engaging.Published 7 months ago by JJW
I was so disappointed with this book. I love Nick. I kept reading, hoping that the book would get better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tiffany Jennings Morrison
Genius Nick Cave delivers a moving and poignant read about fatherhood, loneliness and bonding.
Absolutely beautiful and touching.
I had to get it after listening to all of Nick Cave's music (Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Bootleggers) and loving his screen play for the movie The Proposition. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Birch
Cave again shows just how good a writer he really is. Whether it be a novel or a song, his descriptive prowess is evident without becoming too "verbose", as some tend to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Bessemer