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Nick Cave
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14 Dec 2009

Bunny Munro sells beauty products and the dream of hope to the lonely housewives of the south coast. Set adrift by his wife's sudden death and struggling to keep a grip on reality, he does the only thing he can think of: with his young son in tow, he hits the road.

While Bunny plies his trade and his sexual charisma door-to-door, nine-year-old Bunny Junior sits patiently in the car exploring the world through the pages of his encyclopaedia.

As their bizarre and increasingly frenzied road trip shears into a final reckoning, Bunny finds that the revenants of his world - decrepit fathers, vengeful ghosts, jealous husbands and horned psycho-killers - have emerged from the shadows and are seeking to exact their toll.

A tender portrait of the relationship between a father and a son, The Death of Bunny Munro is a stylish, furious and hugely enjoyable read, bursting with the wit and mystery that fans will recognise as hallmarks of Cave's singular vision.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (14 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847675476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847675477
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 The Death of 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 Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity, often thinly disguised in a galloping, playful romp. (IRVINE WELSH)

Cocksman, Salesman, Deadman; Bunny Munro might not be Everyman, but every man ought to read this book. And read it half in stitches, half in tears, and with the same horror and the same recognition that you usually only face in the mirror on the morning after. Or maybe that's just this man. (DAVID PEACE)

Nick Cave will obviously live forever, just because the Devil's scared of him. (Rolling Stone)

Cave stands as one of the great writers on love of our era. (WILL SELF)

This seven disk edition feature the man himself reading it to you like some demented babysitter. What's more, it's been specially recorded to sound brilliant through headphone; by brilliant we mean terrifying. (NME 2009-10-17)

Welcome to the audiobook initiative of the year. (Time Out)

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Cave writes novels like he does lyrics, with strokes of blood and sulphur and lightning.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lurid, graphic tale of redemption 10 July 2010
By Mingo Bingo VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Bunny Munro is a travelling salesman of cheap beauty products. He makes his living hawking various potions around the doors of Brighton to lonely housewives. He is also a raging sexaholic. He uses his job as a method to work his way into the beds of his customers. He spends his time either having empty sex with anyone who will let him or thinking about having empty sex with anyone who will let him. He cruises Brighton in a bright yellow Punto leering out of his window or fantasising about Kylie Minogue's golden hot pants.

When his wife can take no more and commits suicide Bunny is left to bring up his son Bunny Jr. Unsure of what to do Bunny pulls the boy out of school and takes him on the road- ostensibly to learn the ropes, but increasingly to use as a support against his self destructive urges.

Nick Cave is renowned for his dark, dead pan world view and this book is no different. Bunny is not a nice man, he is in fact hugely unpleasant, but Cave makes him a compelling character. Reading this book is like slowing on a motorway to look at a car crash- you know it's not nice, you know you shouldn't really look, but you just can't help yourself.

Tortured by his wife's death Bunny begins to unravel and seems intent on dragging his son down with him. Bunny Jr idolises his father and wants to be just like him. As a reader you can only pray that he doesn't get his wish.

Lurid, graphic and gleefully horrible as it is, this book has at its centre a touching and poignant study of a father and son relationship. The redemptive power of familial love glows out through the foul language, debauchery and pornographic sex.

This isn't a book for the faint of heart. Cave pulls no punches and isn't afraid of visiting the darkest of places. That said, it is written with a restraint that wasn't evident in "And the Ass saw the Angel", the prodigious imagination is still there, but more focused this time round.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed novel from a great lyricist 23 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
Following his wife's suicide, cosmetics salesman and sex addict Bunny Monro takes to the road in his seagull-dropping covered car, together with his nine-year-old son, Bunny Junior. As we follow their tragic journey through Brighton's bleaker suburbs selling lotions and potions, we encounter pre-pubescent girls and giggling housewives, blind pensioners and erotically-dressed policewomen.

Having grown up with the Cavester's music and been a long admirer of his lyrics - many of which have stories at their heart - I had high expectations of The Death of Bunny Monro; being a Brightonian to boot meant the setting particularly appealed. And in many ways, there's much to relish. Contrary to other reviewers, I found Bunny not entirely unsympathetic: that we see him through his son's adoring eyes helps achieve this. There are clear areas where the novel works well: the father/son relationship is touching and convincing - as perspectives shift from man to boy, Cave inhabits both psyches with panache. The characters of Brighton's underclass are keenly observed; indeed the entire south coast setting is painted with a deft hand. But the whole is less than the sum of its parts, so the writing becomes repetitive and the tale protracted. The end is long foreshadowed and too easy to predict. My feeling is it would have been stronger for editing right down; the idea at its core seems too thin, more worthy of a short story or novella, and doesn't quite warrant a full blown novel.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not about rabbits 26 Sep 2009
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Celebrity novelists are often easy to mock; one always has a suspicion that their work might not have been published had they not been famous. Usually that's a question of quality.

In the case of The Death Of Bunny Munro, the real issue is probably the subject matter. Bunny Munro is not a rabbit, he's a sex maniac - though presumably the reader is supposed to see a parallel between Munro and the legendary proclivity of the rabbit to breed. This would have been an easy subject to address in a hamfisted way, but instead Nick Cave presents us with a dull man who has an empty, lonely life that is scarred by his insatiable appetite for sex. He even recognizes this; he recognizes the damage it did to his marriage to Libby; the damage it does to his relationships with those around him; the damage it probably does to his career. For all the sex, there seems to be no gratification. It is very matter of fact. And, as it turns out, not even with particularly attractive women. In a telling moment, Bunny Munro is discussing with colleagues who is a breast man and who is a leg man. Bunny declares that he is a vagina man. He's no interest in the person or in the foreplay - just the mechanical act.

The novel particularly focuses on the days immediately following Libby's death. It shows a very disturbing grief reaction as Bunny's life falls apart - the one anchor point in his life is removed and Bunny fails to deal with the situation. He is landed with Bunny Jr to look after; a job that seems to be little more than an entry card into Brighton bedrooms; and a complete inability to look after himself. The result is pitiable for the sake of Bunny, but deeply concerning for the wellbeing of Junior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Apocalypse 10 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
For me this is a good example of why, as a genre, the novel trumps the movie every time. However good a film is it only very rarely effectively captures and exposes the mental processes of its characters. I am pretty sure that if this book becomes a film I won't like it. It will necessarily be extremely violent and unpleasant. Bunny's aggressive philandering and infantile self-absorption will be horrible, possibly unbearable, to watch. And yet, as a book this story of a tragically messed-up man, whose many sins make his destruction inevitable, really works. Cave is able to explore and expose Bunny's deeply damaged psyche and warped thought processes by presenting the narrative primarily from his off-kilter perspective. The language of Bunny's inner world is always foul and usually hopelessly muddled by the consumption of far too much alcohol and yet it reveals that he is somewhere deep down, fundamentally human with his own unique set of anxieties and challenges. Cave reveals this carefully and ably using a mind boggling array of unusual but always creative similes and metaphors. He also manages, perhaps his best achievement of all, to get inside the head of a nine year old boy who witnesses far, far more than he should at his young age and yet somehow still manages to hang on to his wide-eyed naivety and unconditional love for his unworthy father.

The story is a simple one and one that has been told many times before. Like Don Giovanni, Bunny has sinned and must pay for his sins. Slowly but inexorably he staggers woozily towards his doom heralded by horrific visions, apocalyptic weather and finally the arrival of Beelzebub himself. Yet despite the fact that the reader knows full well what will happen Cave manages to make the story engaging to the end. The horror is relentless but still you feel compelled to follow Bunny to his grisly end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing story of broken relationships and moral decline
It's easy to understand why this book might polarise opinion. It's fairly stark, with a strikingly unpleasant main character. Read more
Published 6 days ago by YeahYeahNoh
4.0 out of 5 stars OK if you like that kind of thing
it's a strange book, OK if you like that kind of thing
Published 12 days ago by Kate D, Bromley, Kent
4.0 out of 5 stars not for children
An excellent, if rude, read. Bunny Monroe is quite a character. And Nick Cave probably is as well. Worth a read
Published 7 months ago by Barneystone
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What an absorbing experience this book is.
I couldn't help but be drawn in by Bunny and his entourage, despite his rampantly offensive manner.
Twas hard to put down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by GILLIAN BIRCH
5.0 out of 5 stars A good pacy read
I'm familiar with Cave's music but not his writing so was unsure what to expect. The coincidence of passing Cave in a Brighton street and moments later seeing the book in a charity... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Old P
2.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment
I wanted to like this, and as someone who is very keen on Nick Cave, and who lives in the city of Brighton & Hove (where the story is set), was confident that this would tick all... Read more
Published 16 months ago by nigeyb
5.0 out of 5 stars brillaiant
read this book, its brilliant from start to finish, nick cave at his creative best, cannot
wait for the film.
Published 19 months ago by david thomlinson
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have ever read
I'm a fan of Nick Cave's music and the two of his movies he has been involved with that I have seen. Read more
Published 22 months ago by John Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars The jury' out
I try not to sway too much to buying books which have been picked up for Book Club selections or constantly hyped about but this one looked interesting so decided to read. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2012 by Pat B
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost man's story
As I like Nick Cave's music I was curious how his novels are, so I went for the Death of Bunny Munroe to read first. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by dannyspencer
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