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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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Moving into the book it took hold of me, particularly Jimmy. Glaswegians are friendly, blunt, solicitous and passionate about their chosen or instilled beliefs. The story was totally engrossing, all the way through. I learned the inner motivations of each character and physically felt their individual emotions, such is the skill of the author.
Yet, it is still difficult to determine the causality of Jimmy’s acceptance and enjoyment of meditation. And then his motivation to further explore his progression into abstinence from alcohol and eventually, celibacy. It seemed as though he was exploring his feelings as he moved more deeply into the mental experience, to the exclusion of any effects on those nearest and dearest to him.
Marianne’s joyful acceptance of Liz’s pregnancy and Liz and Jimmy’s reactions and following decision, evoked an immediate emotional visceral response to the extent of almost greetin’. A wonderful outcome.
The author has a wondrous grasp of the psychological composition of all of the psyches involved. And it was a story well-related and enhanced by the colloquialism. A most enjoyable read.
This book is a massive wake up call to recognising what you have in your life and not being drawn into a fantasy living. It compliments the Buddhist world but it also shows how easy you can loss yourself in something.
I was surprised in the middle as there's a very graphic raunchy part and a sudden change I didn't see. In the space of then pages I was welling up with tears and sadness for a character before being brought to roaring laughter by another. What a skill the writer has.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who's into REAL LIFE issues, has interests in Buddhism (although it's not a book about Buddhism) and a soft spot for Glasgow.
for me the book started off ok, all about Jimmy and made me laugh, then I thought anyone could write this because I think it's a common story that happens to a lot of family's, loved the way it was written in Scottish.