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The Touch: A Novel

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,582 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
Not since The Thorn Birds has Colleen McCullough written a novel of such broad appeal about a family and the Australian experience as The Touch.
At its center is Alexander Kinross, remembered as a young man in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker's apprentice and a godless rebel. But when, years later, he writes from Australia to summon his bride, his Scott
Kindle Edition, 624 pages
Published (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
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  ·  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!
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.
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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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