My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

Book - 2017
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"When food writer Paul Stuart heads to the idyllic Italian hill town of Montalcino to finish his late manuscript, it seems like the perfect escape from complicated city life, and his recent heartbreak. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his rental car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, Paul is stuck at the airport until an enterprising stranger offers him an unheard-of alternative. While there may be no cars available, there is something else on offer: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of surprising adventures in food, wine, Tuscan history and modern romance as Paul rumbles through the countryside on his Italian bulldozer, pursued soon after by unplanned visitors from home."--
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780345811974
Characteristics: 232 pages ;,23 cm.


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Nov 08, 2017

This book left me underwhelmed. I'm partly to blame for my lack of enthusiasm, I checked it out not realizing it was a novel; I assumed it was a memoir about someone renovating a house in Italy. But I read it anyway, thinking that it sounded interesting enough - I'll read anything set in Italy. I didn't especially like any of the characters (and Paul sounds NOTHING like the late-thirties modern man he's supposed to be) which made it a bit of a slog to finish. For a book set in Italy with a food writer as the protagonist, there was surprisingly little food - another disappointment. All in all, not a horrible book, but not especially memorable.

ontherideau Oct 17, 2017

A fun read, Italy by bulldozer with silly romantic subplots.

Oct 07, 2017

Not McCall's best, in my opinion, but still a delightful read. A more detailed take is at:

Sep 17, 2017

This is my first time reading Alexander McCall Smith and found this standalone to be a rich tapestry of Italian countryside, food & wine and relationships. Oh, and there's a bulldozer. At one point I wondered if the bulldozer is actually a metaphor for something to do with Paul. Looking forward to discussing it in our book group this week.

I must give the author credit for his Italy countryside descriptions. They were vivid and reminded me of the book Pictures From Italy by Dickens. This book really made me want to visit Italy for the scenery and for the food!

Jul 14, 2017

Amazingly pretttty , pretttty good.

Jul 01, 2017

Love this author - however,
I ended up reading this a fairy tale. There is no depth in this book, you won't learn anything and you won't remember most of its characters but it's an easy and entertaining read. Some relationships described in the book are quite unbelievable as well as some kindness...or silliness. It's okay. Perfect for a long flight.

Jun 29, 2017

The book's title and jacket cover synopsis were irresistible. How could I not read a book about a jilted Scotsman winding up driving a bulldozer to Montalcino, where the exquisite Brunello di Montalcino wine is made? What I enjoyed about this book was the main character Paul Stuart's attempts to move on with his life and the wonderful Italians he encountered. The first half of the book is brilliant but goes downhill for awhile when non-Italians come into the story. I didn't like them at all and preferred Paul's interactions with the Italians. They and their beautiful country are Paul's medicine. Author McCall Smith captures the Italians so well --- their thoughts, ideas, lifestyle and ways of doing things (I lived and travelled in Italy). This is the first book I've read by this author. I plan to read his other books.

Jun 11, 2017

This was a fun book that made me feel like I was in Italy! The characters were believable and were easy to relate to while making me want to travel to Italy.

Jun 09, 2017

Another feel good, happy ending, charming story by Alexander McCall Smith - A lovely little story about love lost, love attempted, love found. With a couple of helpings of absurdities added for spice. Really cute and a VERY quick read.

May 31, 2017

Which Alexander McCall Smith do you love? You will find him here, from the sharp commentator on human quirks and foibles, to the gentle philosopher of life’s serendipities, to the wry observer who sees the all-too-human patterns of our sexuality; each together is bathed in the author’s characteristically warm and positive reflections on humanity. And where better to experience human quirks and unexpected romance and the sensual joys of life than a summer in Tuscany? McCall Smith’s central character sets out to live in Montalcino to finish a book and recover from a painful break-up, and discovers the hidden beauties of wine, and truffles, and friendship, and even driving a rented bulldozer across the countryside.
Curl up and enjoy!

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