Buddha Da

Buddha Da

by Anne Donovan

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Overview

Anne Marie’s dad, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist Center, no one takes him seriously. But as Jimmy becomes more involved in a search for the spiritual, his beliefs start to come into conflict with the needs of his wife, Liz. Cracks appear in their apparently happy family life, and the ensuing events change the lives of each family member. Donovan completely captures these lives in her clear-eyed, evocative prose, rendered alternately in the voices of each of the main characters. With seamless grace and astonishing veracity, Buddha Da treats serious themes with humor and its characters with humanity. From prize-winning writer Anne Donovan, this stunning debut novel — shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award — will appeal to readers of Roddy Doyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753169643
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Isis Softcover Series
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Anne Donovan is the author of the prize-winning novel Buddha Da, the short-story collection Hieroglyphics and Being Emily. Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. She has also written for radio and the stage and has been working on the screenplay for the film of Buddha Da. She lives in Glasgow.

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Buddha Da 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wandering_star on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about what happens when a working-class Glaswegian discovers Buddhism. He finds increasing inner peace, but as always, there's a conflict between his growing wish to withdraw from the world and conquer his desires, and all of his responsibilities to the rest of his family. The story is told alternately by Jimmy, his wife Liz and daughter Anne Marie, and we can be sympathetic to each one as they tell their story, while recognising the wrong turns they are taking. Buddha Da successfully takes a light-hearted approach to deal with some pretty serious issues. The story, at times, is a little bit pat, but it was a charming and enjoyable read.
sarahemmm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming book about a Glaswegian who becomes Buddhist, written from his daughter's perspective. It's written in dialect, so some parts are better deciphered if you read aloud.
kewing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A near perfect story of salvation and redemption--with much humor--parallelling the Buddha's life. The Glaswegian dialect is difficult initially, but delightful.
deargreenplace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Award in 2003 (I think?), this is one of those books that was raved about when first released. I may be alone, but I'm not sure why. For one thing, it's all written in Glaswegian slang that is grammatically incorrect, not always authentic and extremely irksome. Even for someone who lives in the city and is used to the dialect, it took effort to read, and for me the language smothered everything else that was going on in the book.The story is about a father who becomes interested in Buddhism, alienating his wife and daughter in the process. I thought that the father and daughter were well-portrayed and sympathetic, but I disliked the mother character Liz, for her complete lack of understanding and patience with her husband. Essentially, it's a cautionary tale about being selfish that I didn't really enjoy.
mazeway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this, like living in another place for a while. Written entirely in Scottish dialect, it's the story of a working class Glasgow man who becomes interested in Buddhism. He gradually drifts away from his family as he tries to find clarity. The story is told from his point of view, that of his bewildered and increasingly angry wife, and his young teen daughter. The narrative continues on as the POV changes, so we never see a scene from mulitple views, it's like 3 people taking turns delivering the story. I enjoyed it so much that I kept putting it down, to delay having to leave these people.