Many know Nick Cave as a musician from the bands the Birthday Party (formerly the Boys Next Door), Grinderman, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, as well as a writer of epic soundtracks for such films as the Assassination of Jesse James. However, Cave is also a relatively prolific writer of both prose and poetry: in the '80s he released a novel called And the Ass Saw the Angel and has since released two collections of poetry, lyrics, and prose, entitled King Ink and King Ink II. His writing is style is, not surprisingly, similar to his lyric writing; it is full of brash language, violence, and twisted sexuality, among other notable characteristics. At the same time, however, much like his lyrics, Cave's writing is beautiful; it is obvious that he is a master of his craft(s).
Nick Cave's most recent novel, published this year of 2009, entitled The Death of Bunny Munro, is no exception. Arguably much more coherent than And the Ass Saw the Angel- speculation tells me it may have something to do with his drug habits of the time- The Death of Bunny Munro is a tale of loss, despair, sex, and drugs. I had a hard time putting it down in the 2-3 days it took for me to finish (it is a relatively quick read, but well worth it), which lead me to the conclusion that if you've ever thought Nick Cave has lost it, he definitely has not.
Verdict: If you're looking for an escape and a brutally entertaining novel, definitely read it. Though I'm pretty sure any fan of Cave's already has.
What to listen to while reading: It's between Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds- Muder Ballads and Grinderman-Grinderman.