My Italian Bulldozer

My Italian Bulldozer

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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: 2017
ISBN: 9780345811998
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Library2Go

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WVMLlibrarian May 16, 2015

My Italian Bulldozer is a funny and romantic adventure. In an attempt to mend a broken heart (and through a strange set of circumstances), Paul Stuart finds himself exploring Tuscany on a bulldozer. His adventure through the beautiful countryside is uplifting, with the gentle humour we’ve come to... Read More »


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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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3Dogs2015
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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Rubicat
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.

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tjdickey
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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brangwinn
May 27, 2017

Delightful. McCall Smith can always add a smile to my day as I read his latest book. Imagine going to Italy, finding the car that you had rented is not available, and being forced to use a bulldozer as your vehicle. As always, McCall makes the plot work and as the story illustrates you accept what life gives you, and in the case of a rented bulldozer, you can change life for several people. McCall Smith’s description of small town Italian life rings true with his careful seasoning of variety of characters in in this book about a food writer.

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laj25776
May 08, 2017

This is a new series and the first book was delightful. Looking forward to the next one.

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pokano
Apr 23, 2017

A new Alexander McCall Smith but I didn't feel it was nearly as good as some of his other books. A famous food/wine writer goes to a small town in Italy to recover from his longtime girlfriend jilting him and to finish his latest book. Rather predictable conclusion and not nearly the character development that makes McCall Smith's other books so endearing.

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