8 Dec 2010

THE TOUCH.

THE TOUCH by LIU HONG.

As an acupuncturist, Lin Ju's work is all about contact, but the life she leads outside her clinic couldn't be more solitary. Thousands of miles away from her native China, from her estranged husband and her daughter, Lin Ju is very much alone in the small English town she must call home.

When Lucy, a young English mother, walks into the clinic and opens her heart, Lin Ju's narrow world is transformed. The two connect immediately, but as their friendship deepens, Lin Ju finds herself in a dilemma that stirs memories of a painful  secret: the betrayal of her beloved grandfather, who defied family and tradition to teach her his craft, during the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution.
..... From the outer back cover.

FIRST SENTENCE: Hold the needle as you would a tiger.


MEMORABLE MOMENT: Then he leaned forward and kissed my cheek. Watching him now, I realised that the peck on my cheek, innocent in his culture, had sparked in me this flicker of desire that now threatened to engulf us.

A very much hit-and-miss affair for me. Alternating between Lin Ju's life as a herbalist and acupuncturist in England and her childhood in China, I found her 'Chinese' story to be be fascinating, a real informative read whilst her 'English' story I found to be bland at best and unbelievable at worst.

A short read of less than 250 pages, to be honest I would have preferred that the story explored more of Lin Ju's life with her grandfather in China which was much more interesting and filled with very real people instead of the rather flat, one dimensional characters that seemed to frequent her life in England.

Not always believable and far from always making sense, I'm finding it difficult to say anything more about The Touch. Readers who are fascinated by life in China during a time of  great change may find something worthwhile in this novel. For myself personally, I think that there are far more interesting novels set in China out there.

The Touch was an ex-library stock read.

16 comments:

chitra said...

The review you presented was fascinating as well.

A said...

Good review.

Heather said...

It sounds like and interesting story, yes, particularly the part set in China. I did check my library, but unfortunately they don't have this one.

Stranger said...

Goog review. .. I will read it if I get my hands on it..

Kelly said...

I appreciate your review, but this one just doesn't really appeal to me.

Nina said...

I don't know if I will like this one, but thanx for the great review.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Yeah...I was sort of wondering about the synopsis.

Thanks for the review!

naida said...

sorry the English story dissapointed.
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Jenners said...

That opening line was interesting. I'm not sure I know how I would hold a tiger!

Melissa Gill said...

Thanks for the review. I really enjoy reading about both English and Chinese history, but maybe this isn't the one.

budh.aaah said...

Umm I love the cover PW and yes the story about her life in China seems fascinating. I would still want to read it for that reason alone and also the line did it for me -the memorable moment one :) Its true you know whats innocent and done in one culture is considered intimate in others.

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Misha1989 said...

I think this book might be good for a one time read. I am fascinated by China..

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I've always been fascinated by life in China or exotic civilizations... that book sounds interesting to me.

Thanks so much for the great review!

Big hugs!

B xx
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kavita said...

Dear PW ,
I am on a break from blogger because of my kid's exams and two weddings in the family( i am managing the food , venue and the bride's wardrobe...a lot of fun n headaches too lol).I will be back in few weeks.
Thanks for stopping by to say hello.You are wonderful:)

GMR said...

Interesting cover...the layers and color choice are appealing to the eye. Too bad it didn't quite hit the mark for you...happier reading next time!