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My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101871393
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 23, 2021

Disappointing, formulaic, and slow moving. Central character seems alternately familiar and unfamiliar with how things work, despite having lived in Italy before. The bulldozer was rather insignificant as was his story. I'm off this author now.

Sep 08, 2019

Like a lightweight red.
Little reminders of Italy. Weak ending for me.

Jun 04, 2019

A little too slow for my taste. Whilst some parts were quite engaging, this novel failed to 'draw me in'. Maybe because having read quite a few novels based in Italy, I expected this one to be just as entertaining and make me feel transported to that beautiful country. So partly it was my fault that I expected a little too much.

Oct 26, 2018

Delightful! The bulldozer was what caught my attention and kept me smiling. It's a light comedy of errors, with characters that are caricatures of themselves--plus a beautiful Italian countryside.

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.

Apr 23, 2018

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

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!

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.

d10786694p Mar 06, 2018

A pleasurable read, makes you think about relationships.
Didn't end how I expected it to.
Well worth reading.

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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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