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You can tell from the very first lines that Anne Marie loves her Da. "Ma Da's a nutter. Radio rental. He'd dae anythin for a laugh so he wid; went doon the shops wi a perra knickers on his heid, tellt the wifie next door we'd won the lottery and were flittin to Barbados, that wis daft stuff ... Read review
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Deals with potentially heavy issues with an addictive blend of pathos and humour.

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Buddha Da - Anne Donovan

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Anne Marie's Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh. So ... more

when he first takes up meditation at the Buddhist
Centre, no one takes him seriously, especially
when his pursuit of the new lama ends in a trip
round the Carmunnock bypass. 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 humour and its
characters with humanity. It is a stunning

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Anne Donovan's "Buddha Da" (Scotnotes Study Guides) - Christopher Nicol

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Pages: 82, Paperback, Association for Scottish Literary Studies

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The Orange Way to Englightenment

Advantages An interesting premise, beautifully executed

Disadvantages Might take a few pages to settle into the lingo

"You can tell from the very first lines that Anne Marie loves her Da. "Ma Da's a nutter. Radio rental. He'd dae anythin for a laugh so he wid; went doon the shops wi a perra knickers on his heid, tellt the wifie next door we'd won the lottery and were flittin to Barbados, that wis daft stuff compared tae whit he's went and done noo. He' turnt intae a Buddhist. Her Da is mental, but it's fun, he's a great Da to have. Not such a great husband ..." Read review
28.01.2007

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Buddha Da - HUH?????

AdvantagesMight learn something about Buddhism

DisadvantagesWritten in dialect, hard to read

"I bought this book a couple of months ago after reading a positive review in a magazine. However, there was something slightly important that the review left out. But first; 'Buddha Da tells the endearing story of a working-class Glaswegian man who discovers Buddhism, rejects old habits and seeks a life more meaningful, only to alienate his immediate family in the process' So all sounds good, I was interested in this because I recently studied ..." Read review
09.06.2009

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Agglida

How to find Buddha - in working-class Glasgow!

AdvantagesA fscinating insight into someone search for answers - in a most unusual place

DisadvantagesSome people might struggle with the dialect at first

"I originally bought this book several months ago to read on a long train journey - it was part of a 3 for 2 offer at Waterstones I think. Unfortunately I ended up falling asleep on the train, and the book languished unread on my shelf until last weekend, when, searching around for something to entertain myself with, I picked it up. I read the back and was intrigued (as I had been when I bought it) by the contrast of the ideals of Buddhism with ..." Read review
13.06.2005

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Buddha Da

AdvantagesStrength of setting and emotion, unpredictable storyine, realistic ending

DisadvantagesSome may find the use of Scots offputting

"...the characters call home. Anne Donovan's Buddha Da gains its strong sense of setting and much of its powerful emotion from the author's use of Glaswegian Scots throughout, not just confined to direct speech, as many authors find is the only way that they can use Scots for a wider audience. However, Donovan's skill in making the language easy to read shines through, as it becomes a natural representation of speech in Glasgow once the reader tunes ..." Read review
11.06.2008

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The greatest female supporter of Buddha

AdvantagesGood knowledge

Disadvantagesi donot know

"...only seven years old, the Buddha visited her birth place. Her grandfather, hearing of the Buddha’s visit, advised her to go out and welcome the Buddha. Though she was so young, she was religious and virtuous. As such, immediately after hearing the Dhamma from the Buddha, she attained the first stage of sainthood. When she was fifteen years old, some Brahmins who saw her, thought she would be an ideal wife for their master Punnavaddhana, the son of ..." Read review
01.05.2010

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No one is too concerned when Jimmy starts making trips to the Buddhist Meditation Center and talking about spirituality, but when his spiritual journey begins to unravel his family life, drastic action may be necessary. Reprint.

Product details

Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title Buddha Da
Author Anne Donovan
ISBN 0753169630; 0753169649; 0786713364; 1841953385; 1841954519; 1841954772

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