Book Review: My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
I borrowed the Audiobook version from my local library and we listened to it on a car trip up to my mother-in-law’s place and back again. I found it difficult to catch everything that was read (maybe our car is old and noisy), so I’m sure that affected our enjoyment of it.
Paul Stewart is a food writer who is going through a serious case of writer’s block in large part due to his girlfriend of four years, Becky, leaving him for her personal trainer. His editor, Gloria, suggests that he do some in-the-field research for his overdue book on Italian cuisine by going to Tuscany. Upon his arrival at the airport, he discovers that his rental car is not available and, after some frustrating moments, Paul is offered the use of a bulldozer. Thus begins his three-week adventure in Italy.
Although Paul is a food writer in Italy, I found that there wasn’t really much devoted to that in the book. Also, the bulldozer didn’t feature that prominently either.
What the book did focus on was Paul’s obsession with Becky and his seemingly inability to move on with his life. He meets someone in Italy and wonders if this new friendship might possibly blossom into something more.
I think the best way to sum up this book is “A romance book with a male protagonist”.
It was okay, but not as enjoyable as McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.