The Death of Bunny Munro (Hardback)
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The Death of Bunny Munro (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 03/09/2009
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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.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847673763
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 241 x 160 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


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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. A compulsive read possessing all Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity. -- 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. -- 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
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 * *
There's no more fevered imagination in contemporary song, and now Nick Cave is laying down the gauntlet to the literary world with a novel of sex, sin and mortality. Bunny Munro is our tragic ASBO-hero, whose ghost, past and present, won't let him lay as he embarks on a libidinous rampage through the crumpled Sussex seaside. A lyrical end-of-the-pier morality tale, which, like your average Bad Seeds' album, is a grotesque delight. * * GQ * *
The brooding Bad Seeds frontman releases his second novel. The Death of Bunny Munro is about a sex obsessed travelling salesman. Sure to spice up any rainy day. * * Men's Health * *
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 * *
Cave is unafraid to launch headlong into roaring caricature, but while the sex and death quotient is significant, the book also reveals surprising new weapons in his armoury, particularly the tenderness and humanity with which he portrays Bunny Junior . . . Told with verve, studded with scalding humour . . . What lingers are the linguistic fireworks. -- Graeme Thomson * * Observer * *
I thought it was terrific. Horrifying, but terrific. -- Fiona Sturges * * Independent on Sunday * *
Unlike other musicians, Cave doesn't just talk about writing novels, he writes them. And they are really, really good . . . [The Death of Bunny Munro] works, stylistically and emotionally. Bunny Munro may begin by seeming a one-note johnny, just lust, but he grows into something greater than either he or we expect. -- Toby Litt * * The Times * *
The narrative pulses with demented musical energy. While this is not explicitly about rock music, it is in every other sense a rock'n'roll novel . . . The Death of Bunny Munro also points the way ahead for the rock novel. -- Ludovic Hunter-Tilney * * Financial Times * *
This is a proper novel, properly written, properly put together . . . The release is more like a multimedia event, with Edinburgh-based publishers Canongate claiming a world first -- Rodge Glass * * List * *
Some of Bunny's escapades might have you howling in laughter; others are quite simple the most digusting descriptions of sexual misanthropy I've read . . . Many men will read this and see a part of themselves they're not at all comfortable with. Most will also laugh out loud. Misandrists will love to hate it. But you don't have to be a nut-job or a Nick Cave fan to enjoy Bunny's story. -- Neil Dunphy * * Irish Tribune * *
In the sense of narrative animation, and also in the sense of culture significance, the book is a vital one, and is to be welcomed and celebrated. -- Niall Griffiths * * Daily Telegraph * *
What truly elevates the novel is not Cave's thesis, but the smoothness of the prose and masterful combination of black comedy and sentiment. -- Matt Thorne * * Independent * *
Stylish and engrossing with trademark wit and lyricism leaping from every page, this is Nick Cave at his bleak best. * * Buzz magazine * *
Cave's unconventional, compelling tale of the absurd and the tragic, vividly captured through adroit illustration and chromatic prose, is singularly engaging work. -- Roisin Dwyer * * Hot Press magazine * *
Every bit as wise and as dark as Cave's songs . . . The Death of Bunny Munro is above all an extended riff on the rampant male libido at the point where it leaves the realms of joyous Dionysian appetite and edge into darker areas of neurosis and psychopathology. -- Peter Murphy * * Irish News * *
A deathly black slice of Gothic caricature, the story of a man's descent into depravity and desperation . . . The Death of Bunny Munro is written with undeniable verve and narrative propulsion. -- Doug Johnstone * * Scotsman * *
Cave makes you shudder and sob simultaneously. -- Sue Arnold * * Guardian * *
The Death of Bunny Munro is essentially a tragic tale; a novel that is essentially a tragic tale; a novel that is by turns sick and funny, and sometime both simultaneously, but that moves inexorably, determinedly, towards its terrible end. -- Sean O'Hagan * * Observer * *
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. -- Keith Watson * * Metro * *
Bunny Munro and the twisted ravages of his search for salvation will live with you for a worryingly long time after you close the covers on these tortured souls. -- Sophie Gorman * * Irish Independent * *
Bleak, hilarious and heartbreaking. * * Waterstones Books Quarterly * *
The novel reads like a modern-day parable, illuminated with raw lyricism, scraps of tenderness and dark phantasmagoria . . . Accessible, thrilling and gloriously impolite, it's a morality tale with all the fire, brimstone and humanity that Nick Cave is known for. The man has proved yet again what a rare and grossly talented polymath he is. -- Holly Kyte * * Sunday Telegraph * *
Cave is a natural storyteller and entertainer, and the journey that the two Bunnies (father and son) make it sordid and sobering and a sort of rotting valentine in all weekend. A real treat from a real artist. -- Neil Labute * * Sunday Herald * *
A rock novel you can hum along to. * * Financial Times * *
All debauchery and hedonism and full of the mistakes of men. -- Rodge Glass * * Sunday Herald * *
Ends up packing the cathartic emotional wallop of his most grandiose work. -- Kris Needs * * Rock Collector * *
An impudent novel, not just in terms of scatology, but also its refusal to psychoanalyse the protagonist's compulsion to nail everything in a skirt. -- Peter Murphy * * Hot Press * *
Nick Cave's second book is a diabolical and hilarious read. Bunny Munro . . . this death of a salesman is a must read. -- Donal O'Donoghue * * RTE * *

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“The Death of Bunny Munro”

Wonderfully dark, witty and lyrical.If ever there was an anti-hero in fiction then Bunny Munro is the one. He is a thoroughly repulsive character but that does not stand in the way of this book being a curiously... More

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“Lambert & Butler, Bunny and a budgie smuggler”

This is a very good book, but I should probably admit that I love Nick Cave generally. I don't think it’s mutual unfortunately, I had the good fortune to meet him recently and he mock-headbutted me. I'm not... More

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“Bad Seed done Good”

Great read, personally I prefer ' And the Ass saw the Angel' but this is still an execellent read.
Maybe not one for the ladies as Bunny is a pretty uninspiring character, with extremely low morals, but it... More

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