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The Touch by Colleen McCullough

The Touch (2003)

by Colleen McCullough

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boring, with an ending that seems unlikely. the characters are interesting, but not one of them is worth rooting for. ( )
  Darth-Heather | May 31, 2016 |
OK, but a bit of a 'wonder' story.
Read July 2004 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 30, 2015 |
I LOVED The Thron Birds and I loved this one as well.
I seem to end up reading her romance novels right when my life is rolling with romance -- be that the beginning or end. This seems to offer me a unique perspective -- one where I can truly relate to the characters. I think that's why I loved this book...

I can't say if the ending seemed hastily written. I was so in love with the story and characters by then. I LOVE how it ends clearly.

So good!! ( )
  Adrianne_p | Sep 8, 2015 |
A seize ans, Elizabeth n'a jamais quitté son petit village d'Ecosse, sa famille nombreuse et son père autoritaire. Son destin est alors bouleversé par la demande en mariage inattendue d'Alexander Kinross, un cousin parti faire fortune en Australie. A peine installée sur cette terre immense et sauvage, la jeune femme pressent qu'elle n'aimera jamais son mari. Bienveillant mais distant, Alexander n'a quant à lui pas renoncé à sa passion pour la belle et provocante Ruby Costevan. Prisonnière de sa magnifique maison et de son rôle de mère de famille modèle, Elizabeth ne se doute pas que, pour elle aussi, viendra le temps de l'amour. Et qu'au fil des années elle construira son bonheur loin de toutes les conventions... Biographie de l'auteur Née en 1937 en Australie, Colleen McCullough est scientifique de formation. Après avoir enseigné dix ans la neurophysiologie à l'université de Yale, aux Etats-Unis, elle publie son premier roman, Tim, en 1974. Grâce à l'immense succès des ' Oiseaux se cachent pour mourir ', trois ans plus tard - phénomène d'édition que l'on compara à celui d' ' Autant en emporte le vent '-, elle va pouvoir se consacrer à sa passion, l'écriture. En 1980, elle se fixe à Norfolk Island, une île minuscule perdue au milieu du Pacifique. C'est là qu'elle rencontre l'homme qui deviendra son mari, et qui n'est autre qu'un descendant de Richard Morgan, le forçat de L'espoir est une terre lointaine. Elle est l'auteur de nombreux romans, notamment ' César et Cléopâtre ' (Presses de la Cité, 2004), ' La maison des oiseaux rêveurs ' (Archipel, 2006) et ' Cesar Imperator ' (Archipel, 2006). ' Le temps de l'amour ' a paru en 2004 aux Presses de cité.
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
A good read. A good story with lots of Austrailian color. ( )
  elsyd | Jul 21, 2010 |
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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 Scottish relatives quickly realize that he has made a fortune in the gold fields and is now a man to be reckoned with.

Arriving in Sydney after a difficult voyage, the sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Drummond meets her husband-to-be and discovers to her dismay that he frightens and repels her. Offered no choice, she marries him and is whisked at once across a wild, uninhabited countryside to Alexander's own town, named Kinross after himself. In the crags above it lies the world's richest gold mine.

Isolated in Alexander's great house, with no company save Chinese servants, Elizabeth finds that the intimacies of marriage do not prompt her husband to enlighten her about his past life -- or even his present one. She has no idea that he still has a mistress, the sensual, tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, whom Alexander has established in his town, nor that he has also made Ruby a partner in his company, rapidly expanding its interests far beyond gold. Ruby has a son, Lee, whose father is the head of the beleaguered Chinese community; the boy becomes dear to Alexander, who fosters his education as a gentleman.

Captured by the very different natures of Elizabeth and Ruby, Alexander resolves to have both of them. Why should he not? He has the fabled "Midas Touch" -- a combination of curiosity, boldness and intelligence that he applies to every situation, and which fails him only when it comes to these two women.

Although Ruby loves Alexander desperately, Elizabeth does not. Elizabeth bears him two daughters: the brilliant Nell, so much like her father; and the beautiful, haunting Anna, who is to present her father with a torment out of which for once he cannot buy his way. Thwarted in his desire for a son, Alexander turns to Ruby's boy as a possible heir to his empire, unaware that by keeping Lee with him, he is courting disaster.

The stories of the lives of Alexander, Elizabeth and Ruby are intermingled with those of a rich cast of characters, and, after many twists and turns, come to a stunning and shocking climax. Like The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough's new novel is at once a love story and a family saga, replete with tragedy, pathos, history and passion. As few other novelists can, she conveys a sense of place: the desperate need of her characters, men and women, rootless in a strange land, to create new beginnings.

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Scottish-born Alexander Kinross writes home from the gold fields of 1860s Sydney for a bride and marries young cousin Elizabeth, who struggles with Alexander's rowdy ex-madam mistress and illegitimate son.

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