The Death of Bunny Munro

The Death of Bunny Munro

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Set adrift by his wife's suicide and struggling to keep a grip on reality, Bunny Munro does the only thing he can think of: with his young son in tow, he hits the road. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while his father peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself, haunted by what might be his wife's ghost, seems only dimly aware of his son's existence.

When his bizarre trip shades into a final reckoning, when he can no longer be sure what is real and what is not, Bunny finally begins to recognize the love he feels for his son. And he sees that the revenants of his world--decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands and horned psychokillers--are lurking in the shadows, waiting to exact their toll.

At turns dark and humane, The Death of Bunny Munro is a tender portrait of the relationship between a boy and his father, with all the wit and enigma that fans will recognize as Nick Cave's singular vision.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780865479104
0865479100
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm.

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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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GGirl
Feb 19, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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