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Thirty year saga develops in which the storyline follows pioneering spirits sharing love lust social ineuality poverty and wealth and a happy nding short and sweet The poor remained poor and the pioneers became filthy rich So the uestioned that remained was and what was newIt is a relaxing read a good lesson in history but if a good lesson in history But if was of 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 predecessor The Thornbirds When I finished The Touch I was lying there thinking about The Thornbirds Can 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 firsthe 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 uite work in this storyHowever I still liked the book It is a good read Setting Australia late 19th century A good historical family saga at 16 Elizabeth Drummond is sent from Scotland to Australia by her father to become the husband of Alexander Kinross many years her senior With no female Claim The Crown experience Elizabeth finds her marriage to and relationship with her new husband traumatic Alexander is not cruel to her but justxpects her to satisfy his conjugal demands whilst at the same time he maintains a mistress in the local town which he Nerds effectively owns Alexander isxceedingly wealthy having been remembered in Scotland as a shiftless boilermaker s apprentice Alexander has TRAVELLED WIDELY AND LEARNED MUCH ULTIMATELY widely and learned much ultimately a mountain in New South Wales with substantial gold reserves around which he builds his settlement of Kinross However all his fortune cannot buy the love of Elizabeth who In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, ever remains cool and aloof from himFor me this was a good read rather than a great one certainly preferred The Thorn Birds to this one but it was still okay 710 this is my third colleen mccullough book though the other two were vastly different fromach other i thoroughly Bark 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 12 stars the descriptions werengaging the character development subtle but thorough the plot thickened in some predictable ways and in some surprising ways then about halfway through i stopped On Such a Full Sea enjoying the book i stopped caring about House with no company save Chinese servants Elizabeth finds that the intimacies of marriage do not prompt her husband tonlighten her about his past life or Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! even his present one She has no idea that he still has a mistress the sensual tough outspoken Ruby Costevan whom Alexander hasstablished in his town nor that he has also made Ruby a partner in his company rapidly xpanding 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 ducation 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 very situation and which fails him only when it comes to these two women Although Ruby love. 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 uickly 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 but a satisfying one feeding me ven though hadn t known I was hungry I highly recommend this to anyone who likes history family stories andor complex meditations on identity Not as lovely as The Thorn Birds but a powerful saga just the same Something was missingsomething was thereThe constant calculation of Elizabeth s age throughout the Man, Son of Man entire 633 pages of this novel from her 16 years until her 40ties that she had children was what at thend made me not knowing whether I liked this novel or not Alexandre tunred out to be a better man at the Alter Ego end than what wexperienced throughout the ntire book This was one of those books I picked up bc I didn t know what lse to read at the time and I wound up loving it The thing that surprised me about it was I Uncommon Wisdom expected to like Elizabeth and hate Alexander and it turned out to be thexact opposite I thought the Unseen City ending was neat different unexpected 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 wasmbarrassed by itThe 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 Art engineering She takes an instant dislike to him which carries over to their sex life Her dislike of sex is soxtreme 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 h The title of the book caught my ye 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 than 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 uestion what if a brothel owner Rubi
and a conservative virginElizabeth can share one manAlexander s love and become the best of a conservative virginElizabeth can share one manAlexander s love and become the best of during a time period when it was totally unheard of And from there the. Not since The Thorn Birds has Colleen McCullough written a novel of such broad appeal about a family and the Australian xperience 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 uickly 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.