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 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...more
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 McCa ...more
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 o ...more
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 ...more
There are too many good books out there. Skip this one. So, he's driving a bulldozer in Italy. That's the si ...more
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. 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 ...more
After food writer Paul Stuart’s girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer, his editor, Gloria, suggests that he go to Tuscany for an extended stay to research and write his new book about the food and wine of the region. All is arranged, but a snafu at the rental car agency results in his having to take a bulldozer. Things could be worse; though he’s not sure how. Great food, plenty of vino, and your own bulldozer – sounds like a recipe for succes ...more
It revolves around a food writer who goes to Italy to get over his girlfriend leaving him for her personal trainer. Due to a series of unfortunate events he ends up having a bulldozer instead of car to drive around Italy.
Maybe that was the main idea that set this novel in motion, how would it be to drive, as a tourist, around Italy on a bulldozer. This results in comic situations, but neve ...more
I imagine if you're not used to McCall Smith you will feel disappointed - the book does not take the expected route and its charm comes from the meandering, the slowing down and basking in the writing - the discussions on art, on food, on love, on landscape.
Definitely a book to own. I look forward to future summer evenings where I will si ...more
Paul Stuart, a Scottish food writer, goes to a small village in Italy to finish one of his books. However, he gets into a little "dust-up" with the car rental agency, and after a short trip to an Italian jail, he ends up with a bulldozer as his transportation! He also meets several interesting people and has a few small adventures along with a little romance.
This is just a short, cute, easy read that makes the reader smile :)
This book takes you to a small village in Italy with a Scottish food writer trying to finish a book. In a quirky turn, he ends up having to use a bulldozer as his transportation and it makes this story so fun! This is a sweet, charming travel tale that is guaranteed to make you smile.....and HUNGRY! High ...more
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 ...more
It makes me want to visit Tuscany, especially Montalcino, again.
Some of the quotes I have enjoyed:
"For some reason ...more
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