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The Touch

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,961 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
'Fast-moving and immensely readable ... a page turner from start to finish' - Maeve Binchy

Alexander Kinross is remembered in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker's apprentice. But when he writes from Australia to summon his bride, his relatives realize he is now a man to be reckoned with. Arriving in Sydney after a difficult voyage, sixteen-year-old Elizabet
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Published November 4th 2004 by Arrow (first published 2003)
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Heidi
Apr 30, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
this is my third colleen mccullough book. though the other two were vastly different from each other, i thoroughly enjoyed both. and i was very intrigued at which direction she would take in this one. i LOVED the first half of the book. i would give the first half 4 or 4 1/2 stars. the descriptions were engaging, the character development subtle but thorough, the plot thickened in some predictable ways and in some surprising ways. then about halfway through i stopped enjoying the book. i stopped ...more
Stephanie
Apr 29, 2010 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I am annoyed that I allowed myself to get sucked into reading this book. The characterizations manage to be both simplistic and inconsistent, both within themselves and compared with actual humans. The plot is contrived, melodramatic and not remotely credible. The way the characters relate among one another is also absurd--they constantly make speeches about How Much They've Learned, while acting simultaneously immature and world-weary.

I finally dropped the book in disgust when I got to the par
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Nuno Chaves
É difícil não começar esta crítica sem dizer “que livro fenomenal” e assim é de facto. Uma constante nos livros de Colleen MCcullogh… A força que esta autora empresta aos seus personagens creio ser a chave do sucesso. (O mesmo já tinha acontecido com Tim e Pássaros Feridos) Personagens tão fortes e tão reais, que quando fechamos o livro, sentimos uma saudade e uma pena de não podermos continuar com eles.

O Toque de Midas é um livro maravilhoso que prende pelos temas pertinentes que aborda e foi t
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Margitte
Apr 19, 2013 Margitte rated it liked it
The title of the book caught my eye on Goodreads and I knew I had read it once but could not remember it. So I found it last week and dashed off into Australia again. I found the zig-zag railway into the Blue Mountains so fascinating that I spend more than an hour on the internet reading the history about it before I continued with the book.

The book is a bit of a cliché though, but the narrative probably started off with the question: what if a brothel owner (Rubi) and a conservative virgin(Eli
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Betita
Jan 29, 2015 Betita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emprestado
Este é um dos melhores livros que li este ano :)
São pouco mais de 500 páginas de pura emoção, sem nunca se quebrar o interesse na história... nem vos digo o que acontece com o ritmo de leitura de uma viciada em livros... sem sono!!!
Já tive o prazer de ler mais livros desta Autora e todos me agradaram muito, mas este é esplêndido mesmo.
Fiquei logo cativada pelo facto de a história se passar na Austrália, fazendo-me lembrar "A Viagem de Morgan".
"O Toque de Midas" conta-nos a vida de Alexander e c
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Pertita
Feb 06, 2012 Pertita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
até agora estou a gostar bastante, mas é o começo.....
Este livro encheu-me as medidas a todos os níveis (a escrita, a história, os personagens...)
Aconselho vivamente esta leitura!
Rosina Lippi
Jan 17, 2010 Rosina Lippi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
McCullough has produced some very thoughtful work in the past. Tim and An Indecent Obsession are novels that deal with difficult subject matter deftly and with insight, but this novel doesn't work for me, at all. It is trite and just plain unbelievable for the most part. The dialog is often so stilted that I was embarrassed by it.

The story concerns Elizabeth, who at age sixteen is sent from Scotland to Australia to marry a cousin twenty years her senior, one who has made a fortune for himself in
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Annie Myers
Jun 18, 2007 Annie Myers rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books I picked up b/c I didn't know what else to read at the time... and I wound up loving it. The thing that surprised me about it was I expected to like Elizabeth and hate Alexander, and it turned out to be the exact opposite. I thought the ending was neat - different, unexpected.
Gilda Felt
Jun 30, 2016 Gilda Felt rated it it was ok
I was sorely disappointed with this book. I’ve read a lot of McCullough’s books, and enjoyed all of them. This one could have been written by someone else. The writing flat, the characters two dimensional. I didn’t come to care for even one of them. Lots of telling, rather than showing. And the minute details of how one mines for gold, and then a blow by blow telling of how he made his fortune.

The shocking ending? It made absolutely no sense to me.

The only good thing I can say about it, is that
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Deborah Pickstone
3.5 stars

I hadn't realised it but I had read this years ago. It's so extreme! Bit of a bodice ripper, really - the men are - well, supermen and the women supremely beautiful but misunderstood. Alexander is the ultimate control freak of all time. However, it read very easily even if at the back of my mind I was muttering - oh, that's impossible! etc (A 2 year old child having convos with Dada that would challenge a 12 year old - tut!) And while we're - er - not talking about it, sex. Come on, get
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Sheziss
Empecé el libro porque me lo recomendaron en un foro, en un post que puse preguntando por recomendaciones, y bueno, salió éste como uno de ellos. Lo cierto es que me sorprendió, porque Colleen McCullough es la escritora de una famosísima serie de la Antigua Roma y no esperaba que le diese por la romántica, sentí curiosidad. Tenía buena pinta la trama, aunque no esperaba una historia de amor tan bonita. Primero lo comencé con cautela, no sabía cómo iba a ir la cosa y luego simplemente lo devoré. ...more
HÜLYA
Dec 23, 2012 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colleen Mccullogh'un tarzı bu sıra dışı roman yazmak
Son zamanlarda okuduğum en güzel kitaplardan birisiydi..Ayrıca eserde Avustralya'nın yakın tarihi ile ilgili bilgilerde mevcut..Gazap Kuşlarının hikayesinden bile çok daha iyi bir kurgulamaydı..Bu eserin filmi çevrilse gerçekten de çok ses getireceğine inanıyorum..
Bir erkek hayatına hiç tanımadığı bir kızı eş olarak seçip;yıllardır birlikte olduğu kadını metresliğe mahkum ederse sonra karısına aşık olup da karısı onu bir türlü sevemezse ne olur
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Hayley Waterhouse
Jan 14, 2014 Hayley Waterhouse rated it really liked it
This book focuses on the world around Alexander Kinross, a man who has done extremely well in mining and settled in NSW, Australia. He sends for a 16 year old bride who arrives from Scotland with little idea of what awaits. There are so many aspects I enjoyed about this book. I love the historical setting and learning more about my local area. I enjoyed the complex relationships that developed and the difficulties faced. I enjoyed the emotion throughout the novel and wide range of characters. Th ...more
Martha
Oct 02, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it
read at tiffin motorhome lot in red bay alabama
Bev Taylor
May 30, 2016 Bev Taylor rated it it was amazing
set in the late 1800's

elizabeth is sent to australia by her miserly father as an arranged bri#de for alex. he is also a scot and left penniless but is now a very wealthy man

as soon as she arrives, with a wardrobe unsuitable for the australian climate, she is met, has dinner with alex, married the following day and in his bed that evening

but she does not love him - nor does she hate him - she just feels nothing and he is never violent with her

they live in an isolated mansion on the outskirts
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M. Louis
Jan 29, 2016 M. Louis rated it really liked it
Colleen McCullough's The Touch: A Novel is not her best. But it's still great. A sequel to Morgan's Run which chronicles fictional characters at the time of the initial settlement of Australia, this book looks at Australia at the end of the 1800's.

As always Ms. McCullogh describes the times; the advent of the steam engine and the hint of the coming gasoline engine; the rise of labor as a political force; the life styles and challenges of the poor, working class, and the wealthy; and white male s
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Sarah Beth
This novel opens in 1872 with Elizabeth, a teenager in Scotland living with her elderly and miserly father, who is informed that her cousin Alexander has written home for a wife. Elizabeth quickly learns after arriving that Alexander has made a fortune in Australia and despite loving the vivacious and bold Ruby, has decided he needs a respectable woman to give birth to his heirs. Sadly, it is soon evident that Elizabeth is incapable of loving Alexander, but still dutifully produces two daughters ...more
Trounin
Читатель может не знать, но когда-то в Австралии случилась самая настоящая золотая лихорадка. На континент со всего света хлынули орды лихих предприимчивых людей. Среди них оказался и один из главных героев «Прикосновения» Колин Маккалоу, на примере чьей жизнь писательница смогла восстановить хорошо забытые истины и ещё раз, в своей излюбленной манере, снабдить текст энциклопедическими выкладками. Простого сюжета ждать не приходится: снова сталкиваются интересы действующих лиц — их сжирает черед ...more
metaphor
Jul 04, 2016 metaphor rated it really liked it
Why did the differences between people always outweigh the things they shared as one? Why must bodies grow older than the minds that fuel them? Why am I so surrounded, yet so alone? Why does the fire burn as brightly yet the flames grow ever dimmer?
Kayla
Apr 11, 2013 Kayla rated it it was amazing
En favori kitabım. Okuyalı yıllar geçti ama ben hala etkisindeyim. Her kitaplıkta bulunması gerektiğine inanıyorum.

Şu ana kadar önerimle okuyan 10'larca kişi var ve bir teki bile pişman olmadı...
Sharon
Colleen McCullough does not disappoint. This is an enthralling tale that has it all, adventure and romance and the complications of human nature. Excellent read.
Gavin
Sep 02, 2012 Gavin rated it it was amazing
I loved this. a ripper of a novel that suffers because of a lack-lustre title. perhaps Colleen's best especially the revenge scene.
Angelin
Aug 30, 2015 Angelin rated it liked it
I took a long break while reading this book, because the history of mining (as well as engineering) in Australia didn't really capture my attention.

But I am glad I picked up the book again. I liked the strength of character in Alexander Kinross, even though I couldn't really like his personality.
A self-made man. And a Devil as Elisabeth once described him.

I felt really sorry for Elisabeth, being 16 years old and being sent from Scotland to marry a man twice as old and whom she never met. In a wa
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LemonLinda
Jul 17, 2010 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another great family story from a well known and well read author. Set in Australia from 1870 to 1900, the story begins when Elizabeth Drummond is told by her cold and austere Scottish father that she will be sent to Australia as a bride to their cousin who left Scotland years before after rebelling against his father and the local minister. She travels a tough journey and is met by a well-meaning but somewhat inconsiderate new husband setting up a cold and unfeeling relationship between ...more
Stuart Aken
Oct 29, 2010 Stuart Aken rated it really liked it
• THE TOUCH by Colleen McCullough, Random House
519 pps. 3 parts, 18 chaps. 210,000 words.
Colleen McCullough breaks almost every rule in the writing of this book. She tells rather than shows in many passages, she describes incidents and processes almost as a lecturer to provide complex technical information, rather than have it imparted in bite sized chunks by the characters, she changes viewpoint characters frequently and without signalling those changes. Also, the proofreading was clearly not d
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Lisa Lap
I have a mixed opinion on this book. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, even though I found it hard to like either of the main characters. I found myself really rooting for Alexander and Elizabeth, hoping that they would find some way to come together and be happy perhaps changing their personalities for the better. Elizabeth so cold and distant, and Alexander too pushy and arrogant just didn't work for me. And yet, it didn't not work either which leaves me wondering why I like this boo ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 31, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This historical romance was very interesting. It is set in Australia in the late 1800s where an ambitious, smart, and daring young emigrant from Scotland, named Alexander Kinross, has begun a life as a gold miner. He has diligently learned the engineering steps of mining gold and he has worked at every stage of the process. He quickly reaches heights of power and wealth that enable him to build and own a town (named Kinross naturally)! He dictates everything that occurs in that town. He has a sm ...more
Maria
Oct 10, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O que posso dizer deste livro fabuloso? Só coisas boas! Não consigo apontar virtualmente nenhum aspecto que não me tivesse agradado.

Este livro, sendo um saga familiar poder-se-ia pensar que, a determinada altura se poderia tornar maçudo e repetitivo - nada disso! A escrita flui, as personagens são humanas, terra-a-terra, credíveis, a reconstrução histórica da Austrália do Sec. XIX está maravilhosamente bem feita.

Alex Kinross foge, aos 15 anos de idade da sua aldeia natal, na Escócia rural após s
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Maria
Jun 30, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The titleof this book, in English is "The Touch" and it came to me as a recomendation of a friend, who claimed that she could not stop reading it.

Well, she was right all the the way!What a reading, what a story,what characters and what twists!

Without spoiling it, i will say that this is a story of a self-made men, born in Scotland who ran away from home at the age of 15, to escape his poverty and shame. This will tell his whole road to riches, love, deception andsome very troublesome family.

Alth
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Kathleen Payne
Jul 28, 2014 Kathleen Payne rated it liked it
I read the Thorn Birds 100 years ago and hadn't picked up any other Colleen McCullough's books. I did enjoy reading about the gold rush in Australia and found the cast of characters interesting but not always believable. The book kept my attention, but partly because I wanted to finish and return it to my friend. An Australian Saga - The Gold Rush - Staring "King Midas", "The Touch".
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