My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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The best-selling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series returns with an irresistible new novel about one man's adventures in the Italian countryside.

Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul's editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery (plus the occasional truffled pasta and glass of red wine) will offer a cure for both heartache and writer's block. But upon Paul's arrival, things don't quite go as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded, until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer.

With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts the offer, and as he journeys (well, slowly trundles) into the idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers that the bulldozer may be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.

A feast for the senses and a poignant meditation on the complexity of human relationships, My Italian Bulldozer is a charming and intensely satisfying love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of a fresh start.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524751883
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC McCal
Characteristics: 359 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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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.

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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exie3
Jul 14, 2017

Amazingly pretttty , pretttty good.

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Margush
Jul 01, 2017

Love this author - however,
I ended up reading this book...as 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.

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SFBookAddict
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.

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