My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

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"From one of our most beloved and best-selling authors: a hilarious new stand-alone novel about one man's misadventures in travel and romance in the Italian countryside. When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already overdue cookbook, he expects it to be the perfect escape from stressful city life. But when he arrives, things quickly take a turn for the worse. His hired car is nowhere to be found, and with no record of a reservation at the car-rental counter and no other cars are available, it appears that Paul will be stuck at the airport--that is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative: a bulldozer. With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts, and so begins a series of laugh-out-loud adventures as he trundles through the Tuscan countryside. A story of unexpected circumstances and making the best of what you have,My Italian Bulldozeris a warm and witty read guaranteed to put a smile on your face"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101871393
Branch Call Number: MCCALL SMITH
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 12, 2018

Uneven but enjoyable enough, especially when Paul described driving his bulldozer through the Italian countryside.

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.

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.

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