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- Print Length: 120 pages
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- Language: English
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a travelogue of sorts, documenting a trip to the Malaysian side of Borneo in the hands of his guide and driver, the Buddha's of the title, but Buddha's content, as all Buddha's are, to leave the real work of enlightenment to the traveller and the experience.
There's a very moving part about the world war 2 death marches which I read after a 'hard' shift in the humid sunshine. Never have I felt such a winey wimp.
But with Stuart Ayris it's as much about the writing as anything else, the flights of lyricism, gentle humour, bewilderment and joy… and he likes a drink. What's not to like.
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.
Overall,this is a stunning read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
His writing is lyrical and creative, artfully constructed and layered in meaning. I love it when a writer can link together commonly used words and make me see something in a different way. This book can be read in a couple of evenings but the beguiling voice of the man who has not lost the child's eye view is going to remain with you.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What was that I have just read?
Was it a travelogue? Well yes but no. It was so much more. Read more
ok but the quirky writing style of song snippets and repeating words and making up words and
or three words on a line
just got so annoying... Read more
I hate it when I feel duty bound to write a less than glowing review of a book. From the first page I knew I was going to be irritated by the writing style. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Mick C