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The Buddhas of Borneo

The Buddhas of Borneo [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Ayris , Katie W Stewart
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“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to the coastal area of Sabah…”

That’s the exact area of Borneo to which I was travelling. It couldn’t be that bad. I’d have a tour guide and a driver with me. It’s just jungles and monkeys anyway, isn’t it?

Little did I know then that it wasn’t terrorists that I should have been warned about, but the entire unravelling of my senses.

The Buddhas of Borneo takes the reader on a five day journey across North Eastern Borneo, from Prisoner of War camps to Buddhist temples, batcaves and jungle retreats . But nothing is as it seems - particularly on Turtle Island…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FY8O32O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stuart Ayris was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive, leading to his early adult years being spent putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, gardening and road sweeping.

After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, he found himself unemployed for two years in the early nineties. It was during this time, at the age of 22, that he wrote his first novel - A Cleansing of Souls. He wrote his second novel, Tollesbury Time Forever (FRUGALITY: Book 1), between 2008 and 2011. Both novels were made available for download to Kindle in early 2012. His third novel - The Bird That Nobody Sees (FRUGALITY: Book 2) - was released in July 2012. The final book in the FRUGALITY Trilogy - I Woke Up This Morning - was released in April 2013.

A novella - The Buddhas of Borneo - was released in October 2013 with another full length novel - The Magical Tragical Life of Edward Jarvis Huggins - being published in April 2014.

This Naked Earth - the next novel - is due for release in May 2015.

In terms of writing, his heroes are Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 17 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Buddhas of Borneo is a lovely and captivating read that fans of the author's Tollesbury books will really enjoy. I don't know how he does it, but Stuart's books have a magical feel to them. He breaks all the rules and doesn't care. If he wants to slip in a poem, he does it, if he wants to morph two words together for poetic effect then he does and it WORKS.

Buddhas of Borneo is rich in poetic imagery, thoughts and feelings. This book is based on the author's experiences whilst travelling in the country but he allows his imagination to roam free on one or two flights of fancy. He conveys the depth of his feelings very well when he's at the war memorial. He shows his sense of wonder at some of the wildlife. His driver and tour guide are brought life with humour and heart.
This was an uplifting read that brought a smile to my lips, I expected nothing less from Stuart Ayris.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical mystical tour 30 Oct 2013
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This is a charming travel novella which vividly captures a trip to Borneo. Stuart,as ever, captures the moments in inimitable and beautiful style. The language that he uses to convey the amazing experiences is always lively; nods to Kerouac abound. The greatness of this book as a read is that you feel like you are there with him. The awe Stuart feels for the landscape as well as his affection for his two guides are both vivid and tangible. His night time trek through the jungle will be the stuff of my dreams for weeks to come.
Overall,this is a stunning read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure beat genius 21 Oct 2013
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I loved the FRUGALITY trilogy and didn't think for one minute that The Buddhas of Borneo would trump that, but guess what? It does.

This novella is pure beat. Ayris is up there with Kerouac and Ginsberg in my opinion, but it is how literary fiction is meant to be, not that pretentious let's see how many clever long words we can use / how many metaphors we can cram in.

The description of everything is second to none (the bats in the sky, wow, oh wow, oh wow - I was there too). Amazing work from an amazing author who is also one of the most beautiful people on the planet.

Read it. Now! You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, if not more. 10 Feb 2014
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Five Stars, if not more.

This novella is a beautiful and eloquent response to a trip to Borneo. Sounds simple enough, but it is anything but.

As I have come to expect from Stuart Ayris, the use and structure of language is unique and unconventional, yet perfectly creates rich images in the mind. While both the turtles and the prisoner of war camp elements brought a lump to the throat, it is the language that wins out, blending blunt realism with flights of fancy.

The rhythms reminded me of Dylan Thomas at times, and I often feel compelled to read the words aloud.

I loved this first time around and have a feeling it will be re-read many more times in the future. Unpretentious, high class literature.
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