When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuckWhen writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected 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 laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
My Italian Bulldozer When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life Upon landing however things quickl
I think I can safely describe Alexander McCall Smith s books as reliable palate cleansers This is the second book of his I read recently, and it did the trick This one is a standalone and not part of one of McCall Smith s many series Paul is a Scottish writer of food and wine He heads off to Tuscany to finish off his latest book, while trying to get over a recent break up My Italian Bulldozer is not action packed, but McCall Smith reliably delivers interesting characters, humour and a humane vie [...]
I usually five star this author s books without hesitation but this one slightly missed its mark for me I guess I am not as interested in Italy as I am in Botswana or Scotland Or maybe Paul was not quite as good a character as Precious, Isabel or Bertie Whatever the reason I did not love this book to bits Nevertheless I still enjoyed it very much indeed aided by a great narrator who was able to work his way around Scottish, Italian and even Boston accents with aplomb As usual Alexander McCall Sm [...]
My Italian Bulldozer is the fourth stand alone novel by popular British author, Alexander McCall Smith After food writer Paul Stuart s girlfriend of four years leaves him for her personal trainer, his editor, Gloria suggests he do some on the ground research into his next somewhat overdue book Three weeks in Tuscany, in the small hill town of Montalcino should surely help him restart his life But a mix up at the airport s car rental office initially lands him, alarmingly, in some trouble, but ev [...]
2.5 stars, this was ok.
I never would have thought of touring Italy on a bulldozer but that s exactly what Paul, a food author, does when it s the only rental vehicle available He discovers it s not as bad as it seems Other vehicles don t bother you, you get a wonderful view and you slow down It turns out to be a great way to travel Paul is in Tuscany to finish his book and repair his life after a bad relationship break up He meets quirky characters that Alexander McCall Smith writes so well, gets involved in a wine bo [...]
A nice book to read while lounging in the sun, in your lawn chair, on the freshly cut grass It s not earth shattering, but pleasant enough.
Paul, a Scotsman who writes popular books about food and wine, is down in the dumps His long time girlfriend Becky has left him for her personal trainer, and Paul is brooding about the betrayal and falling behind on his new manuscript To get Paul back on track his editor, Gloria, convinces Paul to go to Italy to finish his book Gloria makes all the arrangements and Paul is soon flying to Pisa, where he ll pick up a rental car and drive to Montalcino a hill town in Tuscany.As things turn out Paul [...]
While I love Alexander McCall Smith, this book was a little hard to get going Until the bulldozer entered the picture Considering his Mma Romatswe series, this wasn t too far from the theme.
I loved that book McCall Smith had a way to write things elegantly and simply, which I enjoyed And the book had me at Italian I could imagine the vistas, colors and smells, food and wine, people and culture Just awesome
My Italian Bulldozer was predictable, shallow, and uninteresting It was not compelling in any form What a bunch of fluff I felt like a junior high student had written it The best thing about it it was short I guess I should say spoiler alert now for this next part The whole trope with the bulldozer was silly and really seemed to serve no purpose Then the relationship with Gloria, his editor, was, as I said, so predictable A few miscellaneous characters were thrown in to try and build suspense un [...]
Alexander McCall Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Series is charming and wonderfully written Unfortunately, his other books are not This book is stupid I tried very hard to read it and got half way and just gave up I didn t care about any of the characters There was no charm as there is in Detective the writing and plotting is choppy Like the Wiener Dog series it s a waste of time.There are too many good books out there Skip this one So, he s driving a bulldozer in Italy That s the silliest plot de [...]
Paul heads to Tuscany to complete work on a food and wine book He also finds that he has a number of relationship issues to resolve This was a pleasant enough book with nice characters and a fabulous setting A very light read with some entertaining moments.
I also want to drive a bulldozer through Italy Paul Stuart has started to make a name for himself as an author of books on the foods and wines of various regions He s just started his latest book on the Tuscany region, when his live in girlfriend of four years, Becky, runs off with her personal trainer This leaves him heartbroken and his editor, Gloria, suggests that instead of moping around Scotland hoping to find the inspiration to complete the book, he should take himself off to Tuscany to no [...]
Predictable, uncomplicated, but fun, quick read Not terribly original story about yet another famous writer, this one a food and wine writer, who goes to Tuscany to explore and work on a book yeah, sure he finishes a whole book in 3 weeks while sitting in a cafe, meeting locals and riding around on a tractor after his girlfriend leaves him His editor sends him to Italy to urge some work out of him while maybe mending his broken heart Ok surel that s going to happen in 3 weeksAnd, of course, he j [...]
I got exactly what I wanted from the book, nothing , nothing less I knew what was going to happen from the first page, and enjoyed passing the time until the inevitable ending And that s okay, right It was just comfortable company for a few hours.
Gentle, intelligent and humorous, Alexander McCall Smith is my go to writer when I feel low My Italian Bulldozer is a standalone novel It is much that a rom com Subtle observations of life, variety of interesting characters, amusing conversations and intellectual sparkles, presented in the sunny Tuscany, served with the best Italian wine and food I simple can not resist It makes me want to visit Tuscany, especially Montalcino, again.Some of the quotes I have enjoyed For some reason he did not q [...]
Very light reading and only just three stars in my opinion A pleasant read about Paul, who goes to travel and do his food writing in Italy and, due to a mix up, has only a bulldozer to drive Girlfriends past, future and might have been come and go, disturbing his peace and confusing his emotions There are a few other loose ends that are never resolved or if they are, I missed them I find this annoying McCall Smith s style in this book indulges long flights of philosophising and description I ski [...]
This story almost reads like someone double dog dared Alexander McCall Smith to write a novel where a car rental turned into a bulldozer rental There isn t a lot of story here, but what story there is is charming The characters were a little flatter than I expect from a McCall Smith story, but Paul, the protagonist, who starts the story in a funk due to a relationship break up, follows his better instincts and heals himself by taking an empathetic interest in the people he meets A gentle and qui [...]
Gentle romance set amongst the sites and tastes of Tuscany Lovely laid back humour I ve come to expect from the author, but I m not sure if he meant the Italians to sound like his Africans in the Mma Ramotswe series, or to philosophise like Isabel Dalhousie Quite delightful, nevertheless.
In My Italian Bulldozer, Alexander McCall Smith has written a delightful, relaxing, sensuous, seemingly quite fluffy, but essentially serious, piece of entertainment Paul Stuart, a food and wine writer, is dumped by his girlfriend, Becky, for her personal trainer To recover, his editor, Gloria, sends him off to Tuscany to research his next book Due to some horrendous mishaps, his car reservation is lost, and the only transportation he can find is a bulldozer It is Italy everything is leisurely a [...]
This book is so fluffy and light I m floating away.
Eleven stars, perhaps This stand alone is a contrast to the many other books in A McCall Smith s series of series, but equally wonderful A food writer travels to Montalcino in the hills of Tuscany to write his latest book and to deal with his recent break up with Becky, who ran off with her personal trainer The usual unlikely but possible tangles occur, leading to laughs and an occasional tear, all delivered in the glorious atmosphere of Tuscan hills, food and wine.
Delightful, charming and funny I laughed out loud such a quick read, it left me hungry for
Such a sweet, gentle and reflective story A predictably insightful look into life and what make s people happy and fulfilled, as only this author can master I loved all the characters and the way in which they interacted It is so refreshing to simply dwell on the goodness of humanity.
3.5 Brain vacation Part II another quick and quirky read for me in my pursuit of escapism from reality This book worked for me and I rather enjoyed it s simple story telling.
For my Alexander McCall Smith friends this will be a delight It was a lovely intermission between books that didn t require any deep thinking and had me either smiling or giggling Actually in the scheme of things it was quite silly However, I needed a little bit of silliness in my life Actually we all do Sweet book, quick read, make me smile, and had no hidden meanings.
Loved it His is so funny and clever and wise in his writing The whole book is an atmospheric jolly good romp.
Review by ireadnovels.wordpressWhen writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life Upon landing however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found With no record of any reservation and no other cars available, it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative Whil [...]
Charming and atmospheric, the book made me want to book a trip to rural Tuscany, where wine and cooking expert Paul Stewart goes to finish his latest book after a recent breakup has left him in a funk Elements of the plot didn t come together as well as I d hoped, but with McCall Smith s likable characters, astute observations on human nature, gentle humor and wonderful descriptions of the culture and landscape, the plotting was beside the point.I m of a fan of his Number One Ladies Detective S [...]
I think I ve read everything Alexander McCall Smith has ever published he s so prolific that I hesitate to say everything he s written because I picture a half dozen finished manuscripts sitting on his desk I love his writing style he s erudite without being pedantic or inaccessible He is so kind to his characters, and they are so varied from the vulnerable to the hard cases It is always with a smile that I turn the first page of a new Alexander McCall Smith book because I know I will encounter [...]