O Toque de Midas
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O Toque de Midas

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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...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published 2005 by Difel (first published 2003)
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Heidi
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
Pertita
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!
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.
Nuno Alexandre 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...more
Margitte
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...more
Betita
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...more
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...more
Stephanie
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...more
HÜLYA
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...more
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
Kayla
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.
LemonLinda
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...more
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
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
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...more
Lidija
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
Kristy
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
HÜLYA
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...more
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
Zenta  (Juljetas)
"Pieskāriens" pagātnei, mīlestībai,postam un laimei. Autore ieved 19. gadsimta beigu pasaulē, kurā sievietes vēl aizvien dzīvoja pēc vīriešu noteiktiem likumiem. Stāsts galvenokārt risinās Austrālijā, laikā, kad tikai sākās sievietes ieiešana vīriešu pasaulē. Galvenie varoņi ir daudzšķautnaini, ar dažādām raksturu īpatnībām. Dziļi emocionālu strāvojumu piesātināts,sākot ar mīlu beidzot ar nāvi. Mazliet garlaikoja nebeidzamie mehāniskie apraksti, kas darvā iekļāvās, bet man bija vienaldzīgi. Visv...more
Paula Dembeck
The story of Alexander Kinross who leaves Scotland and makes his way to Australia where he becomes very rich mining coal. He sends to Scotland for a wife and is sent Elizabeth Drummond, the young 16 year old daughter of his uncle. The marriage never works and Alexander continues his relationship with his mistress Ruby. Ruby and Elizabeth however, become great friends. Elizabeth has two children, Nell and Anna who is mentally retarded. The story continues until Alexander’s death when Elizabeth is...more
Liesl
I really enjoyed this book, another great effort from Colleen McCullough. Interesting characters, fascinating settings (time and place), and a good plot. There are a few places where the book becomes difficult to read simply because the events are so heartbreaking; and the ending did feel a bit rushed, but overall this was a very satisfying book to read for simple enjoyment. My major criticism is McCullough's unfortunate habit of using incomplete sentences, often at the beginning of a paragraph....more
Sheryl
Alexander Kinross left Scotland poor, illegitimate, and outcast. With intelligence, skill, and luck, he made a fortune in the goldfields of California, and settled in Australia, to create a town to his own specifications. He loves the local Madame, Ruby, but will not marry her. He orders a bride from Scotland, the sixteen year old Elizabeth, who dislikes him from the start.

I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the story, though some outcomes were quite predictable. The characters are well-drawn, and th...more
Tia Nunzia xoxo
did not enjoy this
I generally don't enjoy books on historical Australia so I'm not surprised by my lack of interest in this book.
Empress5150
Ack! Why did I waste my time reading this drivel about a mail-order bride who goes from Scotland to Australia and New Zealand in the 1800s? Probably because a) I needed a book to read on the long flight from Cabo to Durham and b) some of McCullough's works are decent enough. This wasn't one of them, however. The plot was dumb and predictable (sort of like some (but not all) of my former boyfriends). Needless to say, this book got thrown into the "donate" pile (although I may as well have tossed...more
Elisabeth
This is the second book I read by McCullough. I've only read The Thornbirds before (and that one I read several times). When it comes to grading this novel I really don't know what to say. It is better than three stars but not really four stars. My final grade would be 3+ :)

The characters were good but not as good as in Thornbirds. I don't think one got to know Elizabeth that much really. Alexander was an interesting character however.

I would recommend it for everyone. I plan to read "First Man...more
Sarah N
This book was weird in that I had a hard time putting it down, but after finishing realized it was pretty awful. Nothing about it was realistic in the slightest and everything was just WRONG. But the thing that bugged me the most was McCullogh's laughable depiction of children. I would excuse it for the reason she didn't have kids and didn't know, but I don't have kids either and even I know that 1-year-olds don't talk in complete sentences and have deep conversations with their fathers, 2-year-...more
Claire
I would give this book a 3.5 stars if it were possible. It is really weird that I ended up reading this book right after reading The Colour, since it is ANOTHER book having to do with gold mining and the gold rush...but this time in Australia! I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book, especially since my knowledge of Australian history lacks a lot!! The story itself was good and kept me interested, and most of the characters were likable. If you read The Color, then this is a good fo...more
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) is an internationally acclaimed Australian author. Colleen was born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

She grew up during World War II. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead,...more
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