The Touch: A Novel

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download 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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  • The Touch: A Novel
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  • 12 May 2019
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About the Author: Colleen McCullough

The Touch: A Novel Kindle ✓ The Touch: eBook touch: ebok, novel book, The Touch: mobile, The Touch: A NovelThe Touch: A Novel ePUBColleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well known being The Thorn Birds and TimRaised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent allergy to hospital soap and turned instead to neurophysiology the study of the nervous system s functions She found jobs first The Touch: eBook í in London and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut After her beloved younger brother Carl died in at age while rescuing two drowning women in the waters off Crete, a shattered McCullough quit writing She finally returned to her craft in with Tim, a critically acclaimed novel about the romance between a female executive and a younger, mentally disabled gardener As always, the author proved her toughest critic Actually, she said, it was an icky book, saccharine sweet A year later, while on a paltry , annual salary as a Yale researcher, McCullough just Col to her friends began work on the sprawling The Thorn Birds, about the lives and loves of three generations of an Australian family Many of its details were drawn from her mother s family s experience as migrant workers, and one character, Dane, was based on brother Carl Though some reviews were scathing, millions of readers worldwide got caught up in her tales of doomed love and other natural calamities The paperback rights sold for an astonishing million In all, McCullough wrote novelsSource.


The Touch: A NovelThe Touch: A Novel Kindle ✓ The Touch: eBook touch: ebok, novel book, The Touch: mobile, The Touch: A NovelThe Touch: A Novel ePUBNot 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 The Touch: eBook í 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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10 thoughts on “The Touch: A Novel

  1. Stephanie says:

    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 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 part where a twelve month old not only speaks in complete sentences, but makes insightful observations about the moods, health and motivations of the adults around her Oh Please That s not a novel, that s a fantasy comic book Do NOT waste your time

  2. heidi says:

    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 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 caring about the characters, everything started to feel cliche, the frigid wife, the hooker with heart of gold, the brilliant yet plain daughter it all felt stale the one character that i consistently enjoyed was sir alexander however, i ultimately disagreed with the direction and tone of the story it was from epic and sweeping to thoughtless and dull it felt like an entirely different book from the beginning needless to say, i was annoyed with the outcome and i threw the book down at the end too many loose ends tied up too neatly and too quickly for such a dysfunctional family

  3. Tiffany PSquared says:

    The Touch was my first Colleen McCullough book, and once I read it I wanted to readfrom 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 The Touch was my first Colleen McCullough book, and once I read it I wanted to readfrom 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, is a self made man strong willed and arrogant How could these two ever get along Clearly, they don t However, Ruby Alex s mistress becomes an outlet for both of them Can you say awkward McCullough takes us along on their journey sometimes kicking and screaming through acceptance, civility, and growth as these well fleshed out characters explore the consequences of their lives being thrown together.It was a moving read, examining the themes of the rich vs the poor the rights of men vs women adultery, and the age old question Should you marry for respect or for love While reading, you will learn a lot about mining and politics Things you never really wanted to know and likely won t remember later But if you re a historian, those things will only make you appreciate the story and the author s efforts even .The Touch is exactly the best kind of love story hatred and bitterness become understanding, respect, and tenderness It was a story that I hated to have end

  4. Margitte says:

    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 spendthan an hour on the internet reading the history about it before I continued with the book The book is a bit of a clich though, but the narrative probably started off with the question what if a brothel owner Rubi and a conservative virgin Eli 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 spendthan an hour on the internet reading the history about it before I continued with the book The book is a bit of a clich though, but the narrative probably started off with the question what if a brothel owner Rubi and a conservative virgin Elizabeth can share one man Alexander s love and become the best of friends during a time period when it was totally unheard of And from there the thirty year saga develops in which the storyline follows pioneering spirits sharing love, lust, social inequality, poverty and wealth and a happy ending, short and sweet The poor remained poor and the pioneers became filthy rich So the questioned that remained was and what was new It is a relaxing read a good lesson in history But if it wasof a true story, it could have rocked the world a little bit with all the interracial affairs and love children It was probably written for a possible television series, like its predecessorThe ThornbirdsWhen I finishedThe Touch , I was lying there thinking aboutThe ThornbirdsCan you remember the television series Oh my goodness, how I fell blindly, unconditionally and truly in love with Ralph de Bricassart, the parish priest, played by Richard Chamberlain Do be honest, mesdames, he had the world s women in a nervous state of stuttering and fluttering, right Well, Alexander did not do it for me at first,he was not the fabulous priest, but he got me almost crying only when he committed the most unselfish act to correct what he did to Elizabeth, but then it was too late He could have been a Rhett Butler, but to me it did not quite work in this story.However, I still liked the book It is a good read

  5. Rosina Lippi says:

    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 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 mining and engineering She takes an instant dislike to him, which carries over to their sex life Her dislike of sex is so extreme that I wondered, for a short time, if McCullough was going to deal with the matter of lesbianism in the late 19th century That would have been interesting, at least Instead Elizabeth spends ten years bearing two daughters, learning how to spend money, and making friends with her husband s business partner and long time lover, Ruby, all the while avoiding him Alex is a man of his place and time less than enlightened, fixed in his ideas, controlling He plans for his first daughter who is speaking, unbelievably, in complex sentences with subordinate clauses at age eleven months to marry Ruby s son by a Chinese prince when he Lee comes back from being educated in England.The fact that Elizabeth and Lee will fall in love is telegraphed early and often, and thus the story has to devolve into a parody of itself Which is really too bad I had hopes for this novel, but I found myself speed reading to get it over with I have given it one star because McCullough does do her research, as always, and provides great period detail

  6. Annie Myers says:

    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.

  7. Μέριλιν says:

    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 hadchildren, 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.

  8. Arlene says:

    Not as lovely as The Thorn Birds but a powerful saga just the same.

  9. Meagan Houle says:

    I worried this might be hard to follow There are a lot of characters and many interwoven plot points, all within a setting I found difficult to imagine Such is the author s talent that I was sucked in quickly and was soon lost in this sweeping family saga and all its attending drama It was a painful read, but a satisfying one, feeding me even though I hadn t known I was hungry I highly recommend this to anyone who likes history, family stories and or complex meditations on identity.

  10. Nancy says:

    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.