“A little bit obscene, Bunny Munro is way to obsessed by his sexual well being. But Bunny Junior is adorable and the way the story is told is very alert and keeps you pined to the pages of the book.”Ana wrote this review Monday, June 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Deeply disturbing book, deeply unpleasant character, but surprisingly readable.
Bunny Munro is a door to door saleman dealing in cosmetics. He is an abuser: drink, women, drugs - generally everything I hate a person to be. He seems to be constantly fixated on his next sexual encounter and cares for no-one and nothing else. Early in the book, his wife commits suicide and he has sole responsibility for his 9 year old son. This changes nothing, he takes his son on the road and leaves him in the car whilst he 'sells' - more often whilst he makes his next conquest. Even at his wife's funeral he finds a toilet so that he can self-gratify. All the way through the book I just wanted him to take note of his son and at least buy him some eye-drops!
There are so many examples of things that were unpleasant and disturbing but I don't want to dwell on them or enumerate them all plus there would be no point in anyone else reading the book if I detailed it all here.
Another thing that grated for me, was that although set in Brighton (UK) its language is all wrong. It struck me as American, but I guess as Nick Cave is an Australian, it must be similar there. One example: his wife was taken away on a gurney - we would say stretcher, but there were many, many more examples where Americanisms are used rather than the British way of speaking.
Ok, on the plus side, I found it surprisingly readable, took me a couple of days. I can't say I'm a big fan of Nick Cave but it was definitely worth reading one of his books, just for the experience. So, done that, don't ever need to read anything of his ever again!
(Just read through the comments of previous reviewers and find that we're mostly in agreement. What I am now wondering is: were the previous readers all female? I wonder whether a male reader would be more sympathetic to the character or not? Would they have a different perspective on it all? I hope not entirely!)
“It was a very entertaining read. I think it has a subtle mock-type sense of humor to it. Many references to the thought of Avril Lavinge's Vagina and Kylie Minogue in hot pants. At first it was hard to disconnect Nick Cave from being the character of Bunny Munro himself but as the book continues on, Bunny's character grows to be infinitely 'skeezy' with his quiff, two step shuffle dance and over active libido that he turns into someone completely unrelated to the thought of Nick Cave.
Am I a better person after reading this book? No.
Am I an inspired after reading this book? No.
Did I learn any new words while reading this book? Maybe.
Was I entertained reading about devil horned rapists on my lunch break? Yes.”
“Dark.”Martin B wrote this review Thursday, June 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's a mistery to me how I could read Chuck Palahniuk page by page and yet, when I got to Nick Cave, I pushed the fast-forward button after just a few pages. I must be getting old. Or maybe it's Palahniuk's strange sense of humor that makes his writing easier to swallow, who knows. "The Death of Bunny Munro" is definitely softer than "And the Ass Saw the Angel", but I still didn't really enjoy it, so, like I said, maybe I'm getting to old for all the disfunctionality and hopelessness that pore out of it. Bottom line is that I'd rather listen to his music than read his books and that one a the few things I actually enjoyed about these books was his voice, that hypnotic, magnetic voice mesmerizing me from beneath all those little printed words.”ghilimei wrote this review Thursday, April 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“one of the worst books i have ever read. i was feeling sorry for the little boy, for most of the women mentioned in the story and i hated the main character. i cannot really see the point of this book or the deeper meaning. i only hope these kind of people do not really exist!!!!!! ”ioanna voudouri wrote this review Sunday, February 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I hated this book to start with. Why would I want to read a book about a foul-mouthed, chain smoking, selfish, self pitying, masturbating guy, with no redeeming features at all? But then it sucked me in. It is funny, repulsive, tragic and compelling. A great book and a great read.”Ruth L wrote this review Thursday, January 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good so far.”Cecilie V wrote this review Thursday, January 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No