10 December 2009

The Death of Bunny Munro

by Nick Cave

Text Publishing. Australian, Adult Other. Paperback rrp $32.95

Take one look at the front cover of The Death of Bunny Munro and you will know what this book is about. Sex. And how sexual addiction can consume and ruin many lives.

The Death of Bunny Munro is dark, compelling and a sad story. A lot like the main character himself. Bunny Monro, who prides himself on his impeccable image and attractiveness to women, is also a tired and dirty man.

Bunny Munro knows that he will die. He doesn’t know when but after his wife commits suicide and he is left in charge of their nine-year-old son, Bunny Jnr, he knows with certainty that his time is not long. His dead wife keeps telling him so.

A travelling salesman, his is a fast life of women’s cosmetics and seedy affairs. Forced to now take his son on the road, Bunny finds that the world wants to teach him a lesson. His dead wife haunting him is just the tip of the iceberg.

Between alcohol, drugs, sexual perversity and addiction, and maybe a little insanity, Bunny Munro tries to save himself but can’t. The man was born a predator and will die unchanged. And when it is all over, are the sins of the father visited on the son?

This is a very dark and disturbing tale that explores many themes, sexual addiction, sin and redemption. Somehow Cave manages to convince the reader to care about this vile, evil man. You will either love or hate this book. There is no in-between.


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