Buddha Da



➹ [Reading] ➻ Buddha Da By Anne Donovan ➮ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 involve 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 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.Buddha Da

See this thread for information Anne Donovan’s prize winning short stories have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on BBC radio Her collection Hieroglyphics and Other Stories came out in saw the release of her debut novel Buddha Da which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize; both books published by Canongate Books A resident of Glasgow Scotland Donovan often employs the local working class dialect in her writing; as she says it provides a direct line to the heart you get closer.

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  • Paperback
  • 328 pages
  • Buddha Da
  • Anne Donovan
  • English
  • 14 June 2015
  • 9781841954516

10 thoughts on “Buddha Da

  1. says:

    The world is about the same size but we are definitely all closer to other cultures than we have ever been before What happens when part of one culture fits an individual better than his own culture? Ma Da's a nutterHe'd dae anthin for a laugh so he widbut that wis daft stuff compared tae whit he's went and done noo He's turnt intae a Buddhist At first Ma thought it was anther wanny his jokesAnd life for Jimmy gets a tad complicated after thatThis is one of those stories with no villains It is just that life is complicated enough just as it is

  2. says:

    710 This is a re read for me confirming the good impressions from the first visit but also showing why I considered it well written but not all that memorable I've forgotten a lot of details There's also the Glaswegian brogue in which the text is rendered prompting me to give a warning to readers who are turned off by such deviations from standard English Personally I found a lot of the charm and authenticity of this book is due to this local flavorWhat I love about the story is the focus on ordinary people and day to day problems like coping with children growing up marriages getting stale aging relatives midlife identity crises religion in the modern world immigration so on After reading a lot of heroic fantasy in which nothing less than the total destruction of the world is acceptable as the main plot it is refreshing to recognize characters that I could meet on the street tonight the kind of people I visit on weekends or I hang out with in the eveningsJimmy is a freelance construction worker doing mostly paint jobs with a beautiful wife a smart 12 yo daughter and a bit of a wild streak that is great at parties he's a former punk rocker And he has just discovered Buddhism The opening chapter is one of the funniest I've read from a Scottish author with Jimmy coming out of the closet in his conversion from heathen to believer and going on a uest to discover the reincarnation of Dalai Lama in CarmunnrockThe novel does a good job transitioning from the funny side of life to the actual problems induced by Jimmy's spiritual journey Anne Marie and Liz parts of the story are sometimes even interesting that the ones narrated by Jimmy And the ending was as good as the first chapter for me

  3. says:

    As a proud Scotswoman this novel appealed to me not only because it was short listed for the Orange Prize now the Woman’s Prize for Fiction but because it was written in the Glaswegian dialect in the same manner as Irvine Welsh’s novels It is the story of a family consisting of Jimmy Liz and their young daughter Anne Marie and how their lives are turned upside down when Jimmy decides to explore his spiritual side by becoming a Buddhist Each chapter is written from the point of view of the three main characters which I found to be very effective and added to the charm of the whole story as a whole When Jimmy starts to spend time away from home in the Buddhist Centre and changes his way of life – no alcohol meat etc his relationship with Liz begins to fall apart and it was interesting to read how the outcome of this affected each characterAnne Donovan’s story seems to flow off the page so effortlessly and I was completely drawn into the story and found myself engrossed and caring for each character as an individual I think she has captured the ups and downs of relationships and the troubles we all face with daily life so easily that it was a real pleasure to read The dialect as I mentioned earlier was a big attraction for me and it was wonderful to read small words like “oxter” and “boking” that transported me right back to my childhood and the periods of my adult life whenever I am around my Scottish parents A worthy short lister for the Orange Prize I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in spirituality family dynamics and great story tellingPlease see my full review at

  4. says:

    I enjoyed this book to a point Gently amusing Heartfelt in places Relationship between the girls perfectly pitchedIn fact I felt that all the central female characters were very well drawn and fully realised Jimmy the da wasn't It was an interesting premise Jimmy develops a growing interest in Buddhism alienating his family while he floats on seemingly oblivious to real life around him The problem I had with this was that Jimmy and Liz and Jimmy and Annmarie had previously enjoyed very strong relationships and he seemed to throw all of that away without a second thought Surely the point of any faith is to love others? Seemed to me he only thought of himself throughout his whole dalliance with Buddhism Admittedly this is a interesting concept than the usual 'other woman' setup but his continued blinkered behaviour just didn't ring true with the relationship as portrayed earlier in the novelGood summer read but ultimately somewhat disappointing

  5. says:

    I have one very important piece of advice about this novel read it out loud It is written in dialect and it is hard to make sense of the words when only reading them with your eyes As you read it out loud you start to get a feel for the words in your mouth and you can actually begin to hear the dialogue much clearer This is a really neat way to read I discovered and I almost wish authors would write this wayNow to begin the review Jimmy is a Glasgow painter father and husband He lives a nice uiet life but begins to yearn for something He begins to delve into the world of Buddhism going to meditation and hanging out with the 'lamas' He spends so much time at the local Buddhist center that his family life beings to unravel and he is forced in to a crossroadsAnne Donovan shares with us the pleasures of small town life through beautiful dialogue and colorful characters An excellent novel

  6. says:

    I chose to read Buddha Da for my Reading Scotland 2017 project It is set in Glasgow the city in which I now live and written entirely in dialect Whilst this proved marginally difficult to get into at first it soon seemed an incredibly natural way to read and I was soon invested within the story The three narrative voices used are distinctive and the emotional depth included within the volume has been well evoked I did find some elements of the plot a touch predictable but there was undoubtedly a sense of realism to the whole for the most part The structure was effective and I'd certainly like to read of Donovan's work in the near future

  7. says:

    Easily 55 or 6 starsAbsolutely shot straight into my lifetime favourites list I normally find prize listed books disappointing but not this one Each family member has their very own voice and in places this book achieves the Holy Grail of stream of consciousness that so many writers have attempted to write mainly unsuccessfully The characterisation is wonderful the character observation is acute meaningful and entertaining Jimmy is one of the most lovable characters I have come across on a long time and a heck of a lot of booksWritten directly in each characters distinct version of the Glaswegian accent after about 3 chapters this ceased to be a pleasant distraction who can't like any Scots accent? and simply became the voice I was listening to and I could hear that voice How I miss the accents of the UKAt the same time the story gives an authentic account of anyone trying to make large changes and reach for something '' in life This is an altogether charming novel with depth to it as well as humour

  8. says:

    This was an easy fun read disappointed in the ending Felt a bit rushed Enjoyed the glasgow dialect love books with different view points

  9. says:

    the synopsis I was intrigued by Buddha Da and I felt the need to see what exactly made up this book Was it a book of spiritual growth? Was it like the Glaswegian Eat Pray Love? Or was I about to find myself learning about Buddhism than ever before? And to be frank it wouldn't be that hard my knowledge of it is minimalI can happily say it was a little of all of that and completely different than I expected all rolled into one The story swivels from three POVs of the family members Jimmy our Buddha Da Liz his wife and Anne Marie his daughter  But the POVs do tend to stick with Liz and Anne Marie This isn't just a book about the division of a family and it's not that Buddhism is the cause of it it's how people so often can change and sometimes it's necessary to make a few mistakes along the way to do so It's a coming of age story of Anne Marie it's a spiritual journey for Jimmy and it's a journey to desires of the heart and mind for LizThank you to Canongate Books for sending me a copy to read and review in exchange for my honest opinion 

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this It touched some raw places in me and became something of a discussion starter in my house Mainly around the effects on a family when one person gets religion or becomes immersed in something outside the home or simply changes The loss The outrage The feeling of being put second to something that doesn’t seem like a priority to you All this amid a story of ordinary lives and extraordinary humanity

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