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O Toque de Midas

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,538 Ratings  ·  213 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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Sep 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiffany PSquared
The Touch was my first Colleen McCullough book, and once I read it I wanted to read more from her, and I did. However, although I enjoyed some of her other works, The Touch will always be my “first love”.

It’s an epic historical novel set during the Australian gold rush. Alexander Kinross sends off for a bride for himself, but when she arrives, their marriage is neither welcomed nor happy for either of them. His wife, Elizabeth, is only 16 years old, sullen and entirely introverted. Alex, himself
Apr 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Something was missing,
something was there,
The constant calculation of Elizabeth's age throughout the entire 633 pages of this novel from her 16 years until her 40ties that she had more children, was what at the end made me not knowing whether I liked this novel or not. Alexandre tunred out to be a better man at the end than what we experienced throughout the entire book.
Rosina Lippi
Jan 11, 2010 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
Annie Myers
Jun 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ότι πρέπει για καλοκαίρι! Ευχάριστη ιστοριούλα, γρήγορη πλοκή και χάπι έντ....
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
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as lovely as The Thorn Birds but a powerful saga just the same.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the ending was pretty easy to figure out once you got to a certain point in the book, it was still very well written and entertaining. One of my favorite authors.
Dec 23, 2012 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
Hayley Waterhouse
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gilda Felt
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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. a ripper of a novel that suffers because of a lack-lustre title. perhaps Colleen's best especially the revenge scene.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read a number of the author's works and enjoyed the novel but not as much as some of her other works.

Novel: Drama, General fiction, love, marriage, passion, Australia, historical

The Touch by Colleen McCullough

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 Elizabe
Lisbeth Zabihi
Endnu engang fandt jeg guld i min bogreol. Jeg er begejstret for de bøger Colleen McCullough har skrevet om Australien. Det er en skøn blanding af historie, spænding og kærlighed.
I Matadorens hustru får vi den triste beretning om den unge skotske teenager der bliver solgt for ussel mammon til en fjern slægtning i Australien. Hun skal være hans hustru - et trofæ. Hun drager den lange vej fra Skotland til Australien, hvor resten af hendes liv vil udspille sig.
Skøn bog.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this one a lot better than "Thornbirds." (Sorry, I just can't get behind Meggie and the much older priest.) I couldn't put this one down, even though I really dislike books that glorify extramarital affairs. I took it as a historical book that showed the laissez-faire attitude of Australia at the time.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book.
Carol Nummy
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book club choice.

Very stirring with a different ending than I expected. I could not put it down. .yet hated to see it end.and I will chose another of McCullough.s. right away
Margaret Dillon
Perhaps not as great as The Thorn Birds, but the author knows how to create vivid characters. A recurring theme is the battle of wills between strong minded men and women.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love McCullough, from Tim to the Thorn Birds, her characters come alive and you care what happens to them.
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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
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Colleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.

Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent aller
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“He owe his wife a debt he couldn't hope to pay with any coin save one: open the cage and let the bird fly.” 4 likes
“He hadn't wooed her, but had simply claimed her. A gold mine ready to dig. There should have been a period of quiet dinners together, of flowers rather than diamonds, of kisses given after permission to kiss, of a slow awakening that predisposed her to greater intimacies. But no, not the great Alexander Kinross! He had met her, he had married her the next day, and climbed into her bed after one kiss in the church. There to prove himself an animal in her eyes. One mistake after another, that was the story of his relationship with Elizabeth. And Ruby had always meant more.” 1 likes
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