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The Death of Bunny Munro (Canons) Paperback – 3 Jun 2010
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"A modern-day parable, illuminated with raw lyricism, scraps of tenderness and dark phantasmagoria. Accessible, thrilling and gloriously impolite." (Sunday Telegraph)
"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. A compulsive read possessing all Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity." (Irvine Welsh)
"Like one of Martin Amis's early characters, Bunny is an antihero of epic proportions." (Observer)
"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." (David Peace)
"Cave makes you shudder and sob simultaneously..." (Guardian)
"Pulses with demented musical energy. The reader is drawn along in Bunny's terrible wake, with Cave's writing style and pitch-black humour giving him an unsettling magnetism." (Financial Times)
"The Death of Bunny Munro is not just a wonderful read, it's also a heartbreaking one. Cave writes novels like he does lyrics, with strokes of blood and sulphur and lightning. He strikes at the mind and heart and is able to bring his readers to their knees." (Neil LaBute)
"Horrifying but terrific." (Independent on Sunday)
"In its own twisted way The Death of Bunny Munro is a plea for love in a world rancid with lust ... Bunny's bad boy charm makes it all too easy to go along for the ride" (Metro)
"This sad, hilarious and filthy novel could do for men's base private thoughts what Sex and the City did for girl chat." (Q Magazine)
"The perfect literary expression of Cave's later style . . . What truly elevates the novel is not Cave's thesis, but the smoothness of the prose and masterful combination of black comedy and sentiment" (Independent)
"Told with verve, studded with scalding humour . . . What lingers are the linguistic fireworks." (Observer)
"You will blanch with horror, recoil with distress and then, most unexpectedly of all, feel some sort of twisted sympathy for his anarchistic antichrist of a hero." (Irish Independent)
"Cave's previous novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was a gothic fever-dream composed of swamp gas and scripture, presided over by the spirit of Faulkner and O'Connor. This second book, though, is more original." (Herald)
"Unflagging in its imaginative energy and mordant humour . . . Cave makes you shudder and sob simultaneously." (Guardian)
"In the sense of narrative animation, and also in the sense of cultural significance, the book is a vital one, and is to be welcomed and celebrated" (Daily Telegraph)
"Cave stands as one of the great writers on love of our era." (Will Self)
"There has got to be something seriously wrong with you for liking this character as much as you're going to." (Los Angeles Times)
"Having started at a pitch of depravity, Cave has a challenge on his hands to crank it up even further, finally reaching such paroxysms of onanistic frenzy that the pages all but explode." (Guardian)
"Cave's second novel is everything you would hope for: wild, hallucinatory, redemptive and linguistically electrifying . . . who else would dare to create a protagonist like Bunny Munro." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Powerful and intimate." (News of the World)
Cave writes novels like he does lyrics, with strokes of blood and sulphur and lightning. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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Bunny is really not a very nice person at all. It's not simply his antediluvian attitude towards women, but also his uncaring solipsism. Certainly, his son is caught in his orbit, but Bunny barely seems to notice him until towards the end. And, really, it's the ending that gives the book any meaning, and changes the bathos to pathos.
I don't know...it is well written, although some repeated phrases started to jar a little (the repetition of 'or something' after several metaphors). But I found it really hard to empathise with Bunny, to care in any way for this drunken lecher. After all, here is a man who, in the first few pages, drives his wife to suicide. Yet I plugged on with it and, when we meet Bunny's father, when we see Bunny Senior, Bunny and Bunny Junior, and we get some inkling of the motives of and background to Bunny's story, then maybe there is some sympathy. But the sympathy is for Bunny Junior; his father is clearly a lost cause.
In places, it reminded me of 'Bad Lieutenant'. Set in Brighton and the South Coast, the comparison still works, but the book is certainly no religious text, even given the hints of supernatural goings-on.
As a character study, it doesn't really have a great deal of depth. Bunny is simply thoroughly and pretty well two-dimensionally unpleasant. Bunny Junior is the only glimmer of light in this novel. In some ways, the Death of Bunny Munro may be the saving of Bunny Junior.
Still, it is a good read, but a bit disappointing overall. I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but if it hadn't been for Bunny's obsession with Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavinge, I'd have thought this was a 50s 'period piece'. As I said, Bunny is a dinosaur.
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.
Cave is a master of description: "He feels like the flensed blubber a butcher may trim from a choice fillet of prime English beef.....". The novel is full of rich imagery, some of it delightful, some grotesque. A novel with humour, horror, heartache, haunting and humanity. The author's cameo in Bunny Munro's death scene is a cute touch. We are left wondering if his son will survive his influence. Comedy and tragedy both, this is a powerful read.
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