About the book
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.
Reviewed by Ten Four Books Reading Group:
Like the Scottish dialect, . in “yar heed”, added authenticity. Characters portrayed were ‘real people’. Easy read. Would the book work elsewhere in the country ie Dorset setting? We thought Jimmy’s character was integral to the plot working.
Star rating: ***
2 thoughts on “Buddha Da by Anne Donovan”
Review by New Forest/Waterside Theatre and Literature U3A Reading Group:
A book greatly enjoyed by the group once they had discovered that there was no need to translate the Glaswegian patois into English. The use of the three different voices, a technique which does not always work, in this book worked beautifully. The range of relationship problems uncovered when Jimmy ‘went Buddhist’ gave us a full ninety minutes of discussion.
Star rating: ****
Review by In-Sync Reading Group:
Most people enjoyed it and soon got used to the Glaswegian dialect. However, there was not much of a story and the dialect (which no Glaswegian would write in, even if they speak it) was the only thing that lifted it out of the ordinary.
Star rating: **