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Book Reviews of The Touch

The Touch
The Touch
Author: Colleen McCullough
ISBN-13: 9780684853307
ISBN-10: 0684853302
Publication Date: 11/25/2003
Pages: 480
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
This isn't my favourite of McCullough's work, but I was swept up in the fiction and history fused together into a wonderful story. I have a love affair with Australia and devour most any bit of fiction set in the lucky country. While some of the plots twists and turns were predictable, I enjoyed the story immensely.
shooky avatar reviewed The Touch on + 138 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
a really good read. If you liked the Thorn Birds novel you will also like this. The characters are larger than life.
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Helpful Score: 2
As usual, a well-researched multi-generational saga that gives you a peek into the life of people in a time and place we don't know first-hand. All through the book you wonder how the two in love will ever get together. What a surprising ending!
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Helpful Score: 1
The author of The Thorn Birds brings us the story of Alex who went from an apprentice in Scotland to a wealthy man in Australia. His lonely wife must vie for his affections with his mistress and business partner. Her books are always good.
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Helpful Score: 1
Although this book was very interesting, some parts of the story were very far-fetched. I think she could have also done a better job explaining a few of the things mentioned in the book- a brief description would have worked very well, especially for a lot of the mining terms. Not sorry I spent the time to read it, just thought it wasn't her best.
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Helpful Score: 1
At its ceenter is Alexander Kinross a young man from Scotland only a boilermakers apprentice and a godless rebel. Then he writes from Australia to mummond his bride and his relatives realize that he has made a fortune in the gold fields and anow is a man a rich man. So goes the story of his 16 year old bride to be and discovers that he reples her. Great story!!!!!!
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From the best selling author of the Thorn Birds,a picture of the rich in Australia who made their money the hard way and then had to live with it.
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Written in the manner of "The Thorn Birds", this book covers the years 1872 to 1900 and takes place in New South Wales, Australia. Memorable characters, a good love story, and lots of historical references in the development of this area. Some technical sections on gold mining & steam engines and some politics, which would appeal to men.
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This historical fiction novel is based in Australia during the 19th century. Alexander Kinross has made a great deal of money searching for gold in the country. Feeling financially secure, he decides that it is time to find a wife even though he is in love with a madam who has dibs on his heart. And, he intends to keep his mistress, Ruby, who understands who he is. Nevertheless he wants a respectable woman who will raise his children and turns to Scotland and a family he knows for a bride.

Elizabeth Drummond is only sixteen when she finds herself on a ship bound for a strange country and a strange man who will be her husband. She is young, sheltered and inexperienced. He is older, traveled a good deal and experienced. What he expects is a mother and a wife he can show off in the communities where he lives. As expected, the marriage is in name only. Elizabeth discovers that her father "sold" her, a process Alexander facilitated in revenge for the father's treatment of him earlier in his life.

Elizabeth longs for romance which Alexander cannot give her nor can he understand this sensitive, beautiful woman. Strangely enough, his mistress, Ruby, likes Elizabeth and they become friends. Aware of her role as a mistress, she works to help Elizabeth understand Alexander. Thus the two women are linked to a man driven to succeed at whatever he does.

The story progresses along these lines. A daughter is born and Elizabeth focuses on her role as a mother. Alexander continues his search to increase wealth sharing his efforts with Ruby. At one point he becomes so obsessed with his importance he makes drastic changes in the company, cutting workers and wages of those who remain. While it may be a bit sappy, he finally returns to earlier tactics of taking care of workers. People do change! Yet the ending is not what I expected.
tripledip3 avatar reviewed The Touch on + 11 more book reviews
I found it hard to put this book down, really unusual considering the protagonist is not a very likable person. But the excitement of a rags-to-riches story, together with rich characterizations, makes it irresistible. The books throbs with passion, not just romantic passion, but passion for riches, for achievement, for career, for one's children, and for revenge. I couldnt stop reading it, or thinking about it for a long time afterward.
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I put off reading this book for a while because I thought it was going to be a mushy romance novel. Should have known better -- this is Colleen McCullough! Although I still like her works on ancient Rome the best, this book is not just another love story set in a far-away land & time. The characters are so well developed that they will frustrate you and make you care about them, even if you don't want to.
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New South Wales, 1872: Alexander Kinross acquires a fortune traveling the globe-- and lands on a continent where self-made men can inherit the world.
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Once again in the outback of Australia, we have adventure & romance in the gold fields as settlers strive to build a new life.
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A must read
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A disappointment after The Thorn Birds and Morgan's Run. The last third was interesting and moved along, but the first 2/3 was long and slow which spoiled the story for me.
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I liked this one much better than the Thorn Birds.
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Colleen continues to weave a haunting narrative about a dysfunctional Australian family. Not as good as Thorn Birds but worth the read.
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I LOVED this book! They should make a movie of it.
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This is a large print book.
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