Tuesday, August 31

bedside reading

i love reading. and i love nick cave. and when the two come together i'm in the throes of outright fucking passionate passion.

anton marshall from nobodyknowsyourname (and now channel24's music ed) knows this wee fact about me and presented me with a little surpise something something over the weekend.

the death of bunny munro.

i think the last cover is the most apt. bunny's a bipolar (in my opine) sex addicted, door-to-door salesman haunted by the wife he drove to suicide and in charge of parenting the crusty eyed nine-year-old left behind.

it's not a pretty picture. and frankly, i'm not - like one write-up suggested - falling inlove with bunny against all odds. he's quite stinky.

but i love the story and the characters and the language and twisted tragidy of it all. cave is unbearably good. munro is on a different level to and the ass... it's easier to read, it seems less painfully written and is probably more accessible to more people

'Cave's previous novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was a gothic fever-dream composed of swamp gas and scripture, presided over by the spirit of Faulkner and O'Connor. This second book, though, is more original.' -- Herald


Carolyn said...

as i said to you, i found it quite frothy on some levels, but i had so many moments where i had to reread a sentence over and over for the pure joy of it - Nick knows how to say things in interesting and original ways...

kyknoord said...

Love the Herald comment. Never read it, but I did date someone with an angelic ass.

Warren said...

I found Bunny Monroe to be a weak postmodern cliche. It was like he was trying to be Martin Amis, but failed. Couldn't have been more upset given how much I love Nick Cave.

dorothy said...

carolyn - i'm still trying to figure out what you mean by frothy :)

kn - it was my fave

warren - really? i've never read amis (shock shock horror horror -- don't tell a soul)... i think the point of promise in cave's munro character was how well he plotted munro's delusion and then his slow rise to the surface and the kid's gradual recognition that his dad's actually fucked, not fucking awesome

Warren said...

Fair enough. I read it badly wanting to like it, but feeling like I had read it all before. Was a difficult time.