My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

Large Print - 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: New York : Random House Large Print, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524751883
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,22 cm.

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14Shylit Jan 10, 2018

This book was so wonderful. Within the first few pages I thought I new exactly how it would end. Throughout the book I was surprised and excited with each turn of the story. Normally I am angry with an ending, whether it be too sappy or just too short, but the ending in this book gave me a feelin... Read More »


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cknightkc
Aug 07, 2018

Author Alexander McCall Smith’s signature writing style is much like the passeggiata, the Italian custom of the evening stroll. MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER is a standalone novel and, as the story S-L-O-W-L-Y meanders, McCall Smith inserts his gentle observations on human behavior, culture, and social issues. It’s definitely not action-packed, but the charming descriptions of the hilltop town of Montalcino may inspire readers to travel to Italy. This short book’s worth considering when you’re between heavier tomes. MY ITALIAN BULLDOZER is best enjoyed on a lazy afternoon, preferably with a glass of Brunello or Rosso wine.

JessicaGma May 08, 2018

A nice light fluffy tale of Paul who escapes to Italy to write his current food book. Lots of romance and a bulldozer. It's a definite beach read.

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ralwal
Apr 23, 2018

A funny, lovely book. Brought back very fond memories of time spent in Montalcino and a glass of Barolo.

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1_Great_Book
Apr 09, 2018

Just when you think McCall Smith has ventured into every possible culture, he does it again and goes off on a new tangent. This was delightful!

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bluehydrangea
Mar 12, 2018

Uneven but enjoyable enough, especially when Paul described driving his bulldozer through the Italian countryside. I was puzzled by the characters and their behaviour, though: at some point it stopped making sense.

14Shylit Jan 10, 2018

This book was so wonderful. Within the first few pages I thought I new exactly how it would end. Throughout the book I was surprised and excited with each turn of the story. Normally I am angry with an ending, whether it be too sappy or just too short, but the ending in this book gave me a feeling of completion.

Aside from the story, Alexander McCall Smith has written on my heart a longing to visit Italy. I find his writing so beautiful that I want so badly to see the scenery he has described.

The only downside for me about this book is that the pace was very slow for me. I understand that it fits the Italian lifestyle described in the book, but it was difficult for me to get used to.

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photogrrlkp
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.

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lachmik
Oct 07, 2017

Not McCall's best, in my opinion, but still a delightful read. A more detailed take is at: https://bookswehaveread.com/2017/10/07/my-italian-bulldozer/

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darladoodles
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!

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cknightkc
Aug 07, 2018

“Sometimes the things that are most important to you are right under your nose and you just don’t notice them. Then the scales fall from your eyes when you are away from home, in a small hill town in Tuscany, for example, where unusual and extraordinary things happen and then you realize how rich life is, and how precious.” - p. 232

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