The Death of Bunny Munro

The Death of Bunny Munro

Book - 2009 | 1st Canadian ed.
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Twenty years after the publication of his first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, Nick Cave brings us the final days of Bunny Munro, a salesman in search of a soul.

Set adrift by his wife's suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto, Bunny Jr. in tow. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while he peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself seems only to have a dim awareness of his son's existence, viewing his needs as a distraction from his own relentless pursuit of sex, alcohol and drugs.

When his bizarre road trip shades into a final reckoning, and when England's small towns seem to become stopping points in a strange, mythical landscape, Bunny realizes that the remnants of his world -- decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands and horned psycho-killers -- lurk in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll.

At turns dark and humane -- and with all the mystery and enigma fans will recognize as Cave's singular vision -- The Death of Bunny Munro questions the nature of sin and redemption, and lays bare the imprints that fathers leave on their sons.

Check out the website: www.thedeathofbunnymunro.com/

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2009.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781554685400
Branch Call Number: CAVE
Characteristics: 278 p.

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Folly
Jun 27, 2015

I found that, while the plot didn't develop in any unusual directions the writing kept me intrigued and interested; nice use of language, as I would expect from Cave. Worth looking at.

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GuyN
Aug 22, 2013

loudem's review has this pretty well pegged. Cave can write well, but why bother reading about an endlessly drunk and priapic loser? At first there is the fascination of a trainwreck, but it continues until our hero is just rotting garbage. There is some dark humor, but not enough. I've heard that Cave reads the book on cd version and does it well.

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jrsuper
Sep 16, 2012

I am not one to"gush" over authors, celebrities and such, but I can not recommend Nick Cave enough.

His subject matter can be dark and you may not always appreciate it, but the writing us superb in his music, hits novels and now he has turned hits hand to movies.

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TheresaF
Aug 15, 2012

What a colossal waste of time reading this book. Have to agree with most of what Loudem said in his comments about the book. Haven't read the first book by this author so I can't comment on the attributes of the author himself. I would never read the first book because of it. Felt sorry for Bunny Jr...he had no one to look to for guidance. Serious waste of time.

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loudem
Apr 14, 2010

After a few (a VERY few) pages we all know why Libby kills herself. I mean this guy Bunny can't keep his cock ( forgive my French) in his pants. And after a while (a VERY short while) it gets kind of tiresome. You hope that this story will develop into something else than just a joy ride of a loose "cannon". It never does. Bunny is a pathetic moron who has no regards for nobody; not women, not is son, not his father ( this scene with his father at the end is just memorable, comedic, laughable, and downright tragic). The end of the book is just nonsense has he is trying to make amend for his life. But, to the end, he stays the same old Bunny with his cock( almost) in hand. Nick Cave does know how to write. I knew from the "Bad Seeds era. His writing is impressive. But what he writes is somewhat depressive, vulgar, and not very interesting. Hope his first book is better.

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div_dbrl
Apr 11, 2010

This is a disappointing second book by Cave. "And the Ass Saw the Angel" was clever and engaging, while "Bunny Munro" is meandering and predictable. Cave is retreading ground by writers like Bukowski who have done similar material much better. I found the ending particularly groanworthy.

I love Cave's music, and I loved his first book, but this was an underwhelming read. I don't recommend it.

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GGirl
Feb 19, 2010

Written by singer of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

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Feb 19, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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