The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cage

I listened to this on audiobook which included various sound effects and elevator music.  Bunny Munro is a reprehensible sex, booze, and drug addicted cosmetic salesman who darkens the lives of everyone he meets.  His wife kills herself early in the story, and Bunny is left to care for his young son, Bunny, Jr.  This set up a good opportunity for Bunny, Sr. to transform as a character, but he never did.  He remained just as reprehensible right up to his death, in a road accident.  In his afterlife, Bunny, Sr. enjoys forgiveness from all the people he offended throughout the story and drifts off into supposedly heaven.  The message, I guess, was that as long as you don’t physically hurt somebody, you’re not bad enough to go to hell.

The concept was like something you’d see in a middle school creative writing class, only more detailed and pornographic.  There wasn’t any story, here, just a lot of writing practice on how to depict a wretched character.  Cave has a good imagination and turns phrases well, but in Bunny’s case didn’t create an actual story where a character achieves something or is transformed by something.

Cave is apparently a musician with the group The Bad Seeds.  A single situation, feeling, or “vibe” is enough on which to base a song or poem, but not a novel.  A novel should be like a ballad, with a protagonist who rises to a challenge, successfully or not.  Bunny was just one long unsatisfying vibe, so it shall burrow into my recycling bin.

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