Buddha Da Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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"An enchanting novel in which ordinary lives are illuminated with extraordinary charm." (Daily Telegraph)
"Buddha Da reads like a Scottish Roddy Doyle, dealing with potentially heavy issues with an addictive blend of pathos and humour." (Observer)
"A beauty...the book had me engrossed to the end." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Her deliciously corkscrewed tale flows with the sap of everyday life." (Sunday Times)
"Anne Donovan is outstanding." (Melvyn Bragg)
"Quirky and endearing. Don't wait until your next life too read it." (Sunday Herald)
"A delightfully deadpan look at what happens when one family member decides that he's unlocked the secrets of the universe." (Independent)
"An engaging account . . . Buddha Da recalls the early stories of Roddy Doyle . . . it has just enough humour to make the family compelling, and some delicate touches of insight - usually from Anne-Marie - that raise it above a suburban comedy." (Katy Guest Independent 2009-03-20)
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The Scottish dialect isn't intrusive, and it's well-handled. But although there's three different streams of narrative, all the characters do tend to speak with the same voice. Sometimes it reads like someone having a coversation in their own head.
But it is entertaining, moving, different and enjoyable.
To start with the book looks at how Jimmy is coping with what his life means and wanting to make changes, and he uses buddism to make those changes. The book then focus on how the changes Jimmy makes impact on his family and Jimmy's frustration with his family wanting the old Jimmy, while he wants to move to be a better man.
There is a confrontation and then the storyline changes track to focus on Liz (his wife), with Jimmy being ignored. Why this is a problem, is that Jimmy's story is incomplete and I was constantly wanting the book to get back to him to continue his story.
The link to Buddhism is only a link to his mid life crisis, don't expect any detailed investigation into budhism, as you will not get it in this book.
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for me the book started off ok, all about Jimmy and made me laugh, then I thought anyone could...Read more