Bookshots: 'The Sick Bag Song' by Nick Cave

Bookshots: 'The Sick Bag Song' by Nick Cave

Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review


Title:

The Sick Bag Song

Who Wrote It:

While the stray ideas and pieces of prose are as intriguing on their own as his music, it's best experienced alongside Cave's other work

Legendary Australian singer Nick Cave, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Plot in a Box:

The Sick Bag Song was written on airline sick bags during Cave's 2014 Push the Sky Away album tour through North America. It evolved into a full volume over the course of his travels.

Invent a new title for this book:

It seems silly to alter the title of a book that has such a specific meaning.

Read this if you like(d):

Hunter S. Thompson and 20,000 Days On Earth, the documentary that Cave produced to accompany his latest album, Skeleton Tree.

Meet the book's lead(s):

A scattered retelling of his tour and pieces of his life, The Sick Bag Song is an intimate investigation into various highlights in Cave's career as an artist.

Said lead(s) would be portrayed in a movie by:

Cave himself would probably play a form of exaggerated version of himself. The movie would be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) since Cave has done the score for all of his movies.

Setting: Would you want to live there?

Despite the changing outward setting, the book is truly set in the musician's mind as he continues his tour. Would I want to live in Nick Cave's mind? Probably not, but I don't really think he does either.

What was your favorite sentence?

The boy does not realise that he is not a boy at all, but rather the memory of a boy.

The Verdict:

The Sick Bag Song, as the names teases, is a book of poetry that includes dozens of full-color images of barf bags collected throughout the author's travels. Like the recently produced documentary, 20,000 Days On Earth, the poetic scribbles are an intimate behind-the-scenes view of Cave's life, including larger themes as well as smaller events encountered during his life on the road.

Whether or not The Sick Bag Song is a book that you should buy really boils down to a single question: Do you enjoy the music of Nick Cave? Because the fact that these thoughts are written out on airline bags doesn't change the fact that they are irrefutably Cave's thoughts.

While the stray ideas and pieces of prose are as intriguing on their own as his music, it's best experienced alongside Cave's other work, particularly the film, which details Cave's creative process as well as how it intertwines with grief for his son, Arthur, who died after falling off a cliff in 2015. Like much of Cave's works, the poems are elusive; a darting glimpse into the complex universe that is the mind of Nick Cave. 

Image of The Sick Bag Song
Author: Nick Cave
Price: $14.12
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2016)
Binding: Hardcover, 128 pages
Image of 20,000 Days on Earth + Digital Copy [Blu-ray]
Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Starring: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Leah Dearborn

Review by Leah Dearborn

Leah Dearborn is a bibliophile and bookseller from the frigid North Shore of Massachusetts. A graduate of the journalism program at UMass Amherst, she spends her spare time blogging about books (of course), history, politics, and events in the Boston area. Occasionally, she spits out something resembling fiction, and has previously served as a contributor to Steampunk Magazine. She collects typewriters and old novels and laments the fact that her personal library has outgrown her apartment.

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. November 7, 2016 - 2:00pm

Interesting Review! I appreciate it. I don't know the music of Nick Cave, and I thought I knew his stand-up comedy, but I am likely wrong on that count. Anyway, this is nice. I can relate to poetry on a barf bag. Thanks. gsr

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batty November 29, 2016 - 10:05pm

Nice one. I have read some part of this from one of the best torrent sites There are some good torrent sites for ebooks to read before you buy it. I am really looking forward to read this. Thank you so much.