The Death of Bunny Munro

by Nick Cave | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781847673763 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcanongatebookswing on 8/19/2009
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingcanongatebookswing on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Death of Bunny Munro recounts the last journey of a salesman in search of a soul. Following the suicide of his wife, Bunny, a door-to-door salesman and lothario, takes his son on a trip along the south coast of England. He is about to discover that his days are numbered. With a daring hellride of a plot The Death of Bunny Munro is also a modern morality tale of sorts, a stylish, furious, funny, truthful and tender account of one man’s descent and judgement. The novel is full of the linguistic verve that has made Cave one of the world's most respected lyricists. It is his first novel since the publication of his critically acclaimed debut And the Ass Saw the Angel twenty years ago.

This is starting its BookCrossing journey in a Bookray:

1. KiwiinEngland
2. Hexa (Will ship international)
3. mrbaggins1 (Will ship international)
4. LadyIndigo
5. Shelly-Sparkles (Will ship within Australia)

If you'd like to join this ray, please add a post to this thread ( and let me know where you are able to ship to!

Journal Entry 2 by wingkiwiinenglandwing from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Arrived with me today, thanks canongatebooks. I have one other ring to finish before this and will get to it asap.

Journal Entry 3 by wingkiwiinenglandwing from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, September 26, 2009
Where ever I got this book out to read someone asked me about it, or if I had read Nick Cave's first book. There was a lively discussion involving five people on a train from Southampton to Manchester about the story.

I enjoyed reading this book, and the way the we interpret events from Bunny's perspective. At the beginning of the book Bunny is the ladies man, he is smooth and much in demand to spread that special joy with all the ladies of the world. But as Bunny starts to loose belief in his projected self image the truth is revealed. Some of the revelations are laid out to shock the reader; Bunny's realisation in the pizza restaurant that lusting after everyone in hot pants is unacceptable, Bunny's second encounter with the waitress named River. As the truth interupts Bunny's self moulded fantasy, and after a visit to his father, Bunny decided that how his is raising Bunny Junior will not prepare his son for the modern world.

Not a book for the easily offended, and the ending at Bunton's with all the women forgiving Bunny didn't sit well with me. A bit too much of a fantasy for the guilty party to be so easily forgiven. But The Death of Bunny Munro is a book I would like to read again, and so I may well purchase my own copy.

Thanks canongate for starting this ray.

Journal Entry 4 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Released 12 yrs ago (10/2/2009 UTC) at Manchester, Greater Manchester United Kingdom



Posting on to Hexa via Royal Mail (first class).

Journal Entry 5 by Hexa on Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Received safely and will be read very soon - thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by Hexa on Saturday, October 24, 2009
I really enjoyed this book too, Nick Cave really has a way with words, and can always be relied on for black humour and shock value. I liked the way he painted this deeply unsympathetic character. I wasn't sure about the ending either, but it tied in well with the depth of the fantasy he had created for himself. I liked the way that he would have an insight of truth, and then push it back beneath the fantasy. I also liked the symbolism of the 'dudman' trucks which kept popping up.

Tomorrow, I'm going to see Nick Cave live, reading from this, so thanks for the chance to read it before that!

Sending on to mrbaggins1, complete with a tarot card - Ace of Pentacles.

Journal Entry 7 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Arrived today and I am really looking forwardto reading this a I am a great Nick Cave fan. Going on Mt TBR and I'll get around to it ASAP

Thank for the Tarot Card - according to Google first hit:

"The Ace of Pentacles indicates great wealth and happiness. The happiness may be the result of the receipt of something long desired. The wealth, however, need not have a monetary value. Some of the greatest gifts of life can not be bought."

It's true, the 'receipt of something long desired' ... is "The Death of Bunny Munro.

I actually found a Tarot Pack in a Charity Shop (Bounty Hunters) a month ago with one card missing and has also fallen into the habit of sticking these into the books I'm releasing. Stole the idea from Hexa

Journal Entry 8 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Bunny Munro has got no redeeming qualities - a ladies man of note that has become the victim of his own self image. Yet I felt sorry for him at stages - Unable to deal with his wife's death, not knowing what to do with Bunny Jnr and in his own warped way trying to teach his nine year old son the values that made him a successful (?) salesman. It is also obvious that Bunny is a victim of his own childhood....

"The Death of Bunny Munro" is a rough-ride-read to be sure and I can highly recommend it. Sending it to LadyIndigo who is on by surface mail.

Thanks to Cannongate for starting the ring. Oh yes, and I'm wondering if the very atmospheric photograph of Mr Cave at the back of the book was shot intentionally in that way....he looks like I'd err picture Bunny (Sorry Nick)

Journal Entry 9 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Released 12 yrs ago (1/6/2010 UTC) at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa



Released by surface mail today to LadyIndigo in Australia. Enjoy. Thanks Cannongate for sharing it as an enjoyable read.

Journal Entry 10 by wingLadyIndigowing from Orange, New South Wales Australia on Monday, April 5, 2010
thanks mrbaggins1 for sending this to me ;)

i'll read as soon as i can and send on to the next reader

interestingly the cover of this book is very -very- different to the one australian publishers decided to use, my local bookseller tells me it is being snapped up by young boys - our book cover looks like the audio edition shown here:

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