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Buddha Da av Anne Donovan
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Buddha Da (utgåvan 2004)

av Anne Donovan

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Buddha Da
Författare:Anne Donovan
Info:Canongate Books Ltd (2004), Paperback
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Taggar:scottish, fiction, humour, woman writer, paperback, 21c

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It's a great day of character studies, following three members of a family after the dad takes up Buddhism. There's lots of great moments, and the characters are seeing and believable, but there ending feels a bit rushed. It was a good place to end, but I don't think it benefits from hearing everyone's perspective in quick rotation. ( )
  craignicol | Dec 13, 2020 |
A sensitive portrait of a Glaswegian family in the early 2000s, written in local dialect, which it is fairly simple to pick up and which adds to the authenticity of the novel. It is told in alternating chapters by the family members: Jimmy, the father; Liz, the mother; and Anne Marie, the 12 year old daughter. As Jimmy follows an increasing interest in Buddhism, his behaviour leads to strains with Liz, which Anne Marie on the cusp of puberty, finds difficult to understand. The marriage of Jimmy and Liz is put in further doubt when Jimmy decides to become celibate and after further arguments, moves out to sleep at the Buddhist centre. The novel is entertaining, at times humorous, but also a moving and revealing examination of the challenges of marriage as people change over the years and seeks to find accommodations with their personal growth and family life.
  camharlow2 | Jan 14, 2020 |
A tale of the ups and downs of family life when a painter-and-decorator from Maryhill turns to Buddhism, vividly narrated in Glaswegian by the three principal characters. I love Donovan's fine ear for language and sense of place. It is not the gritty yarn you might expect, indeed, much of the action takes place in the trendy West End of Glasgow near the university, and the ending leaves quite a lot unresolved. A bit more editing would have tightened it up. ( )
  Roarer | Nov 16, 2019 |
Boring. At first the book felt to me like a Scottish version of "The Snapper" (the movie at least - I haven't read the book.) But with so little happening, the characters lost their charm by page 70. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Buddha Da - mixed, could have been Very Good

This started off so well: a Weegie painter/decorator discovering Buddhism and starting on the road to Enlightenment leaving his wife and daughter in a state of bewilderment, all told (from each perspective) in Glesga Banter. Touching, wry, funny, fabulous!

Then, about halfway through, it turns into the standard family saga. Still touching, wry, funny, but a little predictable too.

Not that it wasn't good - it is and well worth reading - but I felt it could have been even better.

Listed in the Scottish 100
http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-lists/100-best-scottish-books ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
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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.

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