Buddha Da (Paperback)
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Buddha Da (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 05/03/2009
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In her hugely acclaimed debut Anne Donovan tells an endearing, humorous yet unsentimental 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. Moving seamlessly between three family members, Donovan's clear-eyed, richly expressive prose sings off the page. Each character's voice has its own subtle rhythm and the conclusion is a poignant mixture of hope and lingering reservations. Buddha Da is a delight from one of Britain's best writers.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847673459
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 * *

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“Ma Da's Turnt Intae a Buddhist !!”

Anne Marie's dad is just an ordinary man. He is a Glaswegian painter and decorator and he loves his family, Liz his wife and his smart, chatty daughter Anne Marie. Anne Marie's friends all think her dad is... More

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“A quirky and amusing read in Scots”

I found this to be a quirky and amusing read - at times it was touching. It is a little bit saucy, a few swear words and mention of sex (although nothing greatly explicit), so I wouldn't recommend it to very... More

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“Great Scots read. A Glaswegian Painter and decorator explores Buddhism against the fluctuations of family life”

Buddha Da was an engrossing and quick read, written in Scots. The characters drew me in immediately and despite their all having their flaws, I actually liked and sympathised with all of them.

Jimmy's interest... More

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