“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 the cd version and does it well.”Bombadillo wrote this review Thursday, August 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not for everyone, but I was a BIG fan. Somewhat disturbing, funny, and very dark. I knew Nick Cave was a startling lyricist, but he is equally as good of a novelist. For those that want a very dark read- this is the ticket.”Jason Baer wrote this review Wednesday, August 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If it was just 25 pages (which I think it should)... Don't waste your time reading this book”Mary wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Can I share this with you on Linkedin ? But I did read it and enjoyed it !”Eelco Baks wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fast pace, funny, maniacal; a great read. Great build-up of... of... I guess "lunacy" would start to describe it. I'd compare it to his song "Oh my lord"; everything starts out rather normal, and soon things change. Oh how they change.”kraker wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this really needs to be read in english. i have it translated, which may not be as effective as the original. it has some really great moments”miruna . wrote this review Thursday, February 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book having fairly recently become a fan of Nick Cave's music. As an artistic vision, The Death of Bunny Munro at 278 pages is unfortunately not as fully realised as the stories which Cave can put into a song of about four minutes. But Bunny himself is perhaps a character that one may find in one of Nick's songs (perhaps on Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! or Grinderman ?). Certainly, he is as dark and unsympathetic a character as Cave has ever written about, even on Murder Ballads. Bunny has no redeeming features and his exploits (and the language Cave uses to describe them) will be off-putting for many readers. But it is rather bold of a writer (particularly one who has only written one previous book) to write a character so depraved. Perhaps counter-intuitively, it is this lack of sympathy for Bunny that engages the reader. We look on Bunny as we might look on a car crash (beneath our screaming umbrellas?). It is this realisation that one has a sort of voyeuristic interest/pleasure in the grime and misfortune of others that makes the book such a unique read.
However, there are to my mind some negatives to the story. For such an unpleasant man, it is surprising how easily Bunny can make his conquests. Over a three-day period, his liaisons are probably into double figures (I didn't keep count) and at times it seems like every woman he encounters is willing at the drop of a hat to engage in the most explicit acts with him. The awkwardness and disgust with which the women greet him later on in the story as he unravels and loses his mojo, is probably the reaction that any man acting like this would get in real life, not just when they're at the end of their rope. Cave also has a slightly annoying tendency to end descriptive passages with 'or something'. It's hard to explain without providing a load of examples, but it stuck out for me. It kind of fits given that the prose is stream-of-consciousness from the perspective of Bunny or Bunny Junior, but to my mind it was a technique used far too often.
Finally, I thought the ending with the crowd in the ballroom was either forced or rushed. The redemptive angle of the scene fits in well with Cave's persona (it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with his work that he is interested in religious themes and imagery) but, when you think about it, he is apologising to no-one but himself in the rain. That is rather pathetic, though perhaps this was intended to show just how ignorant and self-involved Bunny is, even in the throes of death. But the truth is, one can draw many such inferences from the novel, but the novel itself does not do a great job of guiding you towards them. Nick Cave remains an excellent songwriter and musician, but I will reserve my judgement on whether he is a good writer of fiction until I have read And the Ass Saw the Angel.
“this guy is trying too hard to maintain the image of rock god, and for me this didn't really translate very well into the written form.”dobbierodds wrote this review Tuesday, November 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Every man should read this book.”Lorenzo R wrote this review Tuesday, October 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took quite some time to work out this book, and what I felt about it - as beautiful as some of it was, I felt it was trying a bit too hard to be odd (there were echoes of Nick Cave aping Will Self). Additionally, because I didn't like the characters I hence had less motivation to continue and see what happens to them. It was stylishly written and improved as a 'page turner' in the second half, but was still a little bit of a slog. ”Monkey Davies wrote this review Sunday, August 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No