Monday, 7 September 2009

Book of the Week - Nick Cave, The Death of Bunny Monro

Apologies for the delay in this week’s posting, but I am travelling this week and have very limited internet access. However, my Ipod has helped to pass the time. Nick Cave is one of my favourite musicians, in any of his incarnations (The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Grinderman). He is a great lyricist as well as a musician, with a penchant for the doom-filled and apocalyptic, but also capable of great tenderness and insight into human nature. His first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in 1989, and is now very collectible. Twenty years later his second novel, “The Death of Bunny Munro”, has just been published to very good reviews. Recommended.

"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."

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