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The Death of Bunny Munro

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  14,681 ratings  ·  990 reviews
Set adrift by his wife's sudden death 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. An epic chronicle of one man's judgement and death, "The Death of Bunny Munro" is an achingly tender portrait of the relationship between father and son.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2009 by Canongate Books
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karen
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: icky-sex



look we are best friends!

okay now it is time to actually review the book. and im having an off day so im not sure what form this review will take, but im writing it and thats what is happening. i was trying to remember the other day where i was the first time i encountered nick cave. not in person, - i remember that quite well. before the above picture was taken i had tried, many years ago, to flirt on him and was rebuffed. REBUFFED! but the first time i heard his music. i remember quite well t
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RandomAnthony
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Monro is a novel about a delusional sex addict/beauty products salesman and his reserved, thoughtful nine year old son in the fateful days after the suicide of their wife/mother. The novel’s quick 278 pages include (without giving away too much, I hope):

• At least a dozen references to Arvil Lavigne’s vagina,
• The same amount of references to Kyle Minogue’s vagina (and remember, Mr. Cave sang with her a few albums back),
• A sex scene between the main character and
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Shantell
Oct 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Jesus, how is this even a book. Its like they grabbed the horniest 15 year old boy they could find, gave him a playboy, and told him to try and write a fiction novel. I'm no prude, far from it in fact, but saying "her tits are nice like peaches or something"...does NOTHING for me. The descriptions are awful, full of "or something" and "or whatever"...spending long lengths talking about a street FULL of women. Tell me about one or two hot chicks-their hair, their eyes, their body. Literally writi ...more
Greg
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to think about Avril's bearded taco.
Shelves: fiction
After reading this book I can not think of Avril Lavigne without automatically thinking about what her vagina would look like. The "Complicated" singer's cooter will probably forever be a purple elephant to me, and I'll be 90 years old and "Skater boy" will come on the "Good Times Oldies" podcast, or whatever we'll be listening to then, and the question of what her box looked like 60 years ago will jump into my head.

Sadly that is probably what is going to stick with me long after all the other
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Bethany
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Karmologyclinic
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you can listen to this audiobook, then please do. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis redefined the concept of audiobooks and set the standard up high. It is a hallucinatory audio experience with a soundtrack, perfect sound engineering and a very expressive narration by Cave.

The book is a horrific merry-go-round in a sexual predator's sociopath mind but it happens that he sits in the same merry-go-round with his 9 year old son and that makes the situation complicated and emotional (grandpa comes for
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Alex Akesson
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! Death is too good for this breed of megalomaniac sociopath........... and his ilk... most of the people who should read this book, probably won't.
Well done Mr Cave, I like a book that really pisses me off.
One hand is clapping, I guess it's my feminine side. The other one is busy wanking off.
Rebecca McNutt
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really sad. It's the story of an aggrieved man who recently lost his wife and wants to find peace with his son, going on a road trip in the process.
Marco Cultrera
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have both the book and the audio-book (read by the author himself), and I ended up listening to the audio-book while completing a repetitive manual task.

I'm glad I did. Nick Cave's voice and delivery are perfect for the twisted events during the last few days of Bunny Munro's life. Also, the many music interludes are fantastic, and really add to the atmosphere.

About the novel itself: Nick Cave is at his best. The man is a genius in creating incredibly compelling and flawed characters and Bunny
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Tosh
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nick Cave's second novel "The Death of Bunny Munro" is really something. One, it's a tight piece of work that is extremely moving about a middle-aged widow who is a traveling door-to-door cosmetic salesman who has a passion for...pussy. Not really women, but just the old in-and-out and then to the next female customer.

The main character Bunny is a man totally out-of-control with his life and surroundings. And Cave captures the down spiral in nice strokes on the page. The main drift (and it is s
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Sarah Etter
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
i gave this book to a friend after i read it and he said something that stuck with me forever: "this would've been better as a short story."

there's a lot at work here - the protagonist is an asshole, addicted to sex and booze and fantasies about the vagina of a canadian pop singer. as a woman, reading this, i was both amused and disgusted at turns. i also felt myself urging bunny munro to "get it together, get it together," and that felt odd, that i wanted to mother this pitiful man.

this is a bo
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Jamie
Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In 1994, I was unemployed, had moved back in with my father, and was pondering the imponderable: going back to school. Trapped in the mountains of California, I spent my days pretending to look for a job, usually hiding out at my dad’s house reading books. That was when I read Nick Cave’s first novel, AND THE ASS SAW THE ANGEL. I remember being enthralled by his lush, complex sentences and his stark imagery. Looking back, perhaps it was the right time for me to read a tale of a strange boy stuck ...more
Lisa
It 'll probably come as no surprise that I enjoyed this, as it's a rare Nick Cave work that I don't. Additional bonus was due to it being set in Brighton, with the silly little thrill I got whenever I read about somewhere I recognised (I've eaten bolognese in a caff on Western Road. Yay for me!).

Both blackly funny and sad, this tale of a priapic, selfish, self-delusional man and his quiet, sweet little boy in the days following his wife's suicide, and leading up to Bunny's titular death was incr
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Amberly
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What started out promising, ultimately felt so entirely fake. The kid speaks and acts like no 9-year-old I've ever met, the main character was dim and unlikable, although that may be the point, if there was one ... it was as if Nick had a wisp of an idea for a song, and stretched and rehashed and repeated just to fill up 300 pages - it's obvious his strength lies in lyrical beauty, especially considering he was able to say the same thing time and time again using different and wonderful metaphor ...more
Lizzie
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
A major disappointment.

Given that the title makes the ending somewhat obvious, you'd've thought Bunny's journey toward meeting his maker would offer some kind of dramatic tension. You'd be wrong. Character, plotting and setting are weak, and for a tragedy (which I guess we could label the book,) there is no dramatic arc, just a never ending stream of vaginamania and the rampant misogyny of a man who has no demons to confront - he's already dead man walking. Where is the conflict? The tension? Th
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Leo Robertson
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Well-written but I don't get it.

Who can resist that cover tho??!
Mon
Oct 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-hipsters
Reading Nick Cave is a lot like dating.

Before you start: Wow I can't believe I finally have a Nick Cave in my hand! I've been waiting for 2 months until I can physically see the book back on the shelf. Cave's such a talented musician and original poet (great open-mic by the way), this book can't possibly go wrong.

P. 1-20: what an exhilarating opening! The description is observant without being trivial, dialogue minimal and the characters more philosophical then what Camus and Sartre combined.
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Louise
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am a major Cave fan! I love his music and I think his first novel And The Ass Saw The Angel is a masterpiece! One of the greatest book ever written.
This book just makes me sad. Coming from the brilliant mind who gave us ATASTA, The Mercy Seat, The Sorrowful Wife, The Carny and I could go on. Here is a man who can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Who can make you love those no one can love.
This book is so below him! It reeks of midlife crisis! And possibly even (though it breaks my he
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Mender
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was reading an article that asked "Why can't guys write good sex scenes?". Apparently there's a competition for the worst writing of a sex scene, and the majority of the front runners are guys. The article's author listed this book as an example of good sex scene writing by a guy.

And I thought, hey, Nick Cave, I know that name. So I didn't think it would be that bad. I'm not a fan, but I know a couple of his songs.

So this book. You know how sometimes you get invited along to a theater performa
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Agathafrye
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: downer
Hmmm. Mr. Cave has a knack for writing about the wretched among us. The topics that I love in his music can be a hit or miss when he's writing prose. I deeply loved his first novel, "And the Ass Saw the Angel" even though it was profoundly disturbing and a total bummerfest. Cave's protagonist Bunny Munro is a traveling salesman of beauty products, serial womanizer, and terrible father. I often have difficulty enjoying a book when I can't stand the main character, and that was definitely the case ...more
Stephen Robert Collins
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 100-bull-shit
HAVE EVER READ A BAD BOOK THAT WANTS YOU REALLY GET WHOLE OF THE AUTHOR & JAM HIS NUTS IN BLENDER?
WELL YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS.
BUNNY MUNRO SPECIAL
1 BOX OF 6 WEEK USED CAT LITTER
ROPE
A CHAIR
CAR BATTERY
BULLDOG CLIPS
BUCKET OF WATER
PAIR OF SCISSORS
COPY OF BUNNY MUNRO
NICK CAVE
TIE HIM TO A CHAIR PLACE HIS NAKED FEET IN BUCKET OF WATER PLACE ONE END OF BATTERY IN WATER & OTHER TO HIS NUTS
CUT UP BOOK STUFF INTO HIS MOUTH & POUR OVER HIS HEAD THE CAT LITTER.
OPEN BOTTLE OF CHAMPION & TELL HIM WHAT TOSSE
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Merzbau
i think Nick Cave is one of the greatest songwriters of all time, definitely of the 20th century. i loved And the Ass Saw the Angel. i loved Sick Bag song. i did not love this. i just never really connected with it. that's not to say it was poorly written. on the contrary, i thought it was very well written. that still doesn't make it "good". i probably would've plowed through this but i listened to the audio version read by Cave and his narration made it captivating enough to continue on. plus ...more
Ethan Miller
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Nick Cave. Songsmith, Poet, Artist, Screenwriter, Performer--of all his great talents and larger than life artistic abilities novelist seems to be the one area that he just doesn't shine quite so much. And I love Nick Cave. I wouldn't quite say "worship" as many do, but certainly "idolize" is appropriate for my feelings toward him. As an idea "Bunny Munro" is prime Cave material and perhaps would ring with greater resonance and deeper human truth and tragedy as a song, possibly a full album or e ...more
Marc Nash
Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bunny Munro, travelling priapic salesman of women's beauty products, just can't help himself sampling the customers. His constant infidelity pushes his wife to suicide and yet he still seeks solace between alien bedsheets. Only there does seem to be some guilt tugging at the fringes of his conscience, for she seems to be haunting his performances. And other than an underwritten relationship with his introverted nine year son, (this ain't no "The Road") that is the whole book. There is no motion, ...more
Erika
I feel like a must have missed something - a big something I guess - but what is the deal with the devil guy? Is it something to do with Bunny?

Also I loved Bunny Jr. I feel like I have read a lot of books with characters named Bunny that I liked.

3.5 stars
Malum
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can just imagine Nick Cave hammering this book out in one long, fevered writing session while drunk, high, and sick with the flu, because it's just that weird and twisted.

This is a book that I probably have very little reason to love. The protagonist is one of the most unlikable you're likely to find and the plot is simply his life spiraling out of control. I think what helped was that I listened to the audiobook version, which is a fantastic production. Nick Cave does the narration and it in
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Craig Wallwork
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Following on from his critically acclaimed debut novel, And The Ass Saw The Angel, Nick Cave’s second novel tells the story of Bunny Munro, a traveling salesman who, after the suicide of his wife, takes his son on a road trip around the South coast of England in attempt to forsake his demons and outrun the Devil.

As previously stated in my blog entry, "Drinking Panther Piss", this book was the only publication I truly wanted to read this year. I loved And The Ass Saw The Angel, and from what I r
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Lauren
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
The inner sleeve of this book is full of lies. There is no reconciliation or love or parental warmth. And what's to be expected? I fully knew this book would be post-modernist drivel and I was fine with that. I love a good dose of nihilism. I'm a hormonal nineteen year old, after all. But the shit was advertised to me with a turned leaf of an ending and I didn't get that. I got shit. I got some introspective pardoning of abusive parenting and way too much fantasizing about Avril Lavigne's vagina ...more
Jason Diamond
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Nick Cave deals in dark. It’s his thing. It always has been, and I am guessing it always will be, but in the last twenty or so years, he has learned to wrestle his muse, and has gone from the guy who sometimes (supposedly) wrote the lyrics for his early band (The Birthday Party) in the blood-drenched needle he had just used to shoot up various death drugs to some warped hybrid of Frank Sinatra and Leonard Cohen with serious David Bowie tendencies. By the latter part of that statement, I don’t me ...more
Catherine
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story of Bunny Munro is exactly the kind of fiction I hoped to read from Mr. Cave: a deliciously disturbing sleazefest that shocks, titillates, offends the senses, and frequently assaults the stomach like a shot of cheap whiskey. Cave revels in tormenting Bunny, his despicable caricature of a protagonist: mercilessly breaking his spirit with devastating plot twists and gleefully exposing to readers his slimy inner monologues and absolute lack of redeeming qualities like a circus ringman at a ...more
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