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O Toque de Midas

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,595 ratings  ·  157 reviews
No centro do romance está Alexander Kinross, lembrado na sua Escócia natal como um pobre jovem aprendiz de caldeireiro. Mas quando, anos mais tarde, escreve da Austrália a avisar que a noiva pode ir ter com ele, os seus parentes rapidamente se apercebem que fez fortuna com o ouro.

Chegada a Sidney depois de uma difícil viagem, Elizabeth Drummond, de 16 anos, encontra-se com
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2005 by Difel (first published 2003)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Annie Myers
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.
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
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
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
Hayley Waterhouse
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
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...
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.
I loved this. a ripper of a novel that suffers because of a lack-lustre title. perhaps Colleen's best especially the revenge scene.
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 he never met. In a way
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
• 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
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
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
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
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.

Kathleen Payne
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".
It's good, but not by far as I expected. Certainly can't be compared with The Thorn Birds, which I loved and read it a few times. The Touch is gloomy and it constantly gives me a feeling of a knot in my stomach for some reason. It's like everything around Elizabeth was muddy, dark and cloudy, even when things were going well for her. I didn't like Alexander at all, he was a pompous jerk, to say it simply. And his childhood is only an explanation for that, but not an excuse for his stupid behavio ...more
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I love a book that I look forward to reading every evening, and this is one of those! It blended interesting historical fiction with deep characters and interesting setting. I could dwell in it, and that's the best kind of book for me!
Megan Kelosiwang
A fantastic read - real family drama, verging on melodrama but very enjoyable nonetheless. McCullough has a masterly touch of writing from the point of view of the diverse range of characters in a believable way. As an Australian it was nice to be reminded of the exciting and turbulent years in the run up to Federation.
Barbara Matros
The characters of this novel are so unbelievable that it is difficult to really love the book. On the other hand, it is a good yarn, contains some Australian history, and is akin to watching one of those epic movies with lots of good scenery and a hokey love story.
I fell in love with The Thorn Birds when I read it in high school and I don't know why, but I never read any other books that Colleen McCullough has written. I bought The Touch at a book sale and as soon as I started reading, I instantly swept away to Australia in the 1800's during the Gold Rush days. I don't know much about Australia's involvement during the Gold Rush and I loved absorbing a bit of history while reading it. I will admit I thought it got a little dry when reading about steam eng ...more
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
Ruth Jalfon
Gripping historical novel set in latter half of 19th century. A 16 year old girl brought up secluded and with strict protestant dogma is sent from her home in scotland by her father(who gains considerably financially) to marry a distant 'cousin' in Australia who is a self-made powerful, determined, ambitious and super-rich magnate in the new world. The novel encompasses the history of mining for gold and the rapidly appearing new inventions in engineering, the start of women's rights, socialism, ...more
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) was an internationally acclaimed Australian author, born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

Colleen grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a living as a teacher, librarian, and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered de
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