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Child; a gentle outcast in a cruel unbending world he illuminates the darkness of Mary's days with his boyish innocence An. 4 stars A wonderful feeling at the end for two people loving each other But there is also sadness about Tim s challengesA richly done novel of love I was engaged throughout I didn t want to stop reading Tim is 25 with the mind of a child He seems to be happy about most things A spinsterish woman in her 40s truly loves him She goes through changes because of him I was so happy for them at the end My feelings were wow warm wonderful But I was also sad thinking about Tim He s mistreated by others even his mother who loved him She took away his teddy bear because others made fun of him for sleeping with it Her motive was good but her action caused hurt Tim missed Teddy for years He also had a loneliness from always being on the outside of others laughing and understanding There is another recent book Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi written in 1996 a similar story Jess was like Tim But the Jess story was not sad It did not show Jess being hurt by others I also gave Simple Jess 4 starsTim was made into a movie with a young Mel GibsonMinor complaintI didn t understand many words used by Tim s parents Australian dialect I had to skip over themDATANarrative mode 3rd person Story length 282 pages Swearing language moderate including religious swear words but not often used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes one Setting 1974 Australia Copyright 1974 Genre contemporary romance mentally challenged The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox unbending world he illuminates the darkness of Mary's days with his boyish innocence An. 4 stars A wonderful feeling at the end for two people loving each other But there is also sadness about Tim s challengesA richly done novel of love I was engaged throughout I didn t want to stop reading Tim is 25 with the mind of a child He seems to be happy about most things A spinsterish woman in her 40s truly loves him She goes through changes because of him I was so happy for them at the end My feelings were wow warm wonderful But I was also sad thinking about Tim He s mistreated by others even his mother who loved him She took away his teddy bear because others made fun of him for sleeping with it Her motive was good but her action caused hurt Tim missed Teddy for years He also had a loneliness from always being on the outside of others laughing and The Illusionists understanding There is another recent book Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi written in 1996 a similar story Jess was like Tim But the Jess story was not sad It did not show Jess being hurt by others I also gave Simple Jess 4 starsTim was made into a movie with a young Mel GibsonMinor complaintI didn t Planet of the Bugs understand many words Fishes of the Open Ocean used by Tim s parents Australian dialect I had to skip over themDATANarrative mode 3rd person Story length 282 pages Swearing language moderate including religious swear words but not often Out of Bounds (Boundaries, used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes one Setting 1974 Australia Copyright 1974 Genre contemporary romance mentally challenged

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Tim author Colleen McCullough

D he will shatter the lonely middle aged spinster's respectable ordered life with a forbidden promise of a very special lov. Tim Melville is a twenty five year old labourer who is not the full uid as he describes himself yet he has the body and face of a Greek God Mary Horton is forty three an emotionally brittle woman who lives alone in an upmarket Sydney suburb with no plans to let anybody into her inner sphere They meet by chance one summer morning and so unfolds a touching story of friendship and ultimately love in 1970s suburbiaSimilar to The Thorn Birds this is a book I first read as a teenager and hadn t re read for many years Yet as soon as I started reading it again for the AWW2012 challenge I remembered why I initially loved it so much I think what I enjoyed the most about it was its simplicity it is a much smaller book than the Thorn Birds with many less elements and characters yet it draws you in just as much maybe ever Tim is actually Colleen McCullough s first novel written several years before The Thorn BirdsThe authors skill in depicting Australia and Australian people is what first shines in this story The opening scene is a building site on a suburban house in the 1970s and you are immediately transported there from the references of smoko and the old girl living next door it is just right on the money She also perfectly captures dialogue some of which has changed since the 1970s but totally accurate for that time I really loved some of the sayings of Mary s boss Archie in fact his reference to Sweet Bartlett Pears gave me flashbacks to my childhood and the brown tin the pears used to come in anybody else remember thatThe other thing that shines is how Colleen McCullough captures everyday people in this case an average working class familyYou can almost feel the walls coming down from Mary brick by brick as she realises that Tim is so uncomplicated that there is nothing for her to fear Her horrible childhood has taught her not to trust people but through Tim she learns that skill To everybody else she is plain and uninteresting but to Tim she is beautiful and exciting and that knowledge ignites the spirit buried deep inside her and makes her realise that she is worthy of being lovedTim is an unconventional love story that will make you realise there is good in the world and that ultimately everybody wants to be loved in whatever way works for them A simple but compelling book Tim is definitely worth a read

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Mary Horton is content with her comfortable solitary existence until she meets Tim A beautiful young man with the mind of a. Wow There is so much that I want to say about this book and I don t know if I will really be able to do it all justice I think I m just going to go for my tried and true method and just ask you to tag along with my ramblings Hopefully it will make sense at the end On the surface Tim is a story of an unlikely relationship between a child like 25 year old mentally retarded man the title character and a 43 year old straight laced and emotionally distant spinster Mary Horton Naturally their relationship is mutually beneficial with each of them teaching the other how to live But the surface story while absolutely moving and beautiful is just the bottom layer of the cake McCullough supplements that base with layer upon layer of detail and depth and insight and truth While the finished product by another author may have been a tasty and even nice looking cake in McCullough s expert hands it s something too amazing to actually mar by eating it You want to keep this cake You want to cherish it and remember every beautiful detail of itWe re introduced to Tim and from the beginning he s impossible not to love and want to protect Tim s child like innocence is what really broke my heart He is tricked and fooled by his friends and is upset afterward but not because he was tricked His is not a knee jerk reaction to being laughed at that causes him distress it is the fact that he knows that he is not able to understand WHY he is being laughed at that distresses him He seeks acceptance and understanding and love just like we all do All of us that is except Mary Horton From the age of 14 she struggled and worked hard on her own to make a life for herself Unfortunately due to having a very hard childhood her idea of life is one devoid of any personal relationships She s never had a boyfriend never wanted one doesn t have any personal friends and her only pleasures are solitary ones her successes are material ones After a chance meeting with Tim who fascinates her simply because of his sheer attractiveness they each begin to fill a hole in the other person s life that neither knew they had This isn t recognized until much later but it warmed my heart to see them teaching each other what life is really about McCullough s descriptions of emotion and perception of the world is amazing I m not sure I ve ever read anything like it Her way with words is brilliant It s like she s imparting secrets that you already knew but just couldn t understand because the words are just words without MEANING Even sitting here writing this I m at a loss to describe just what it is that touched me so deeply but I m close to tears just thinking about the way that she makes simple concepts turn into life altering truths But than that she made me think of things in a way that I would never have thought of before For instance at one point when Tim is sleeping Mary ponders what his dreams are like Did he venture forth as limited in his nocturnal wanderings as he was during his waking life or did the miracle happen which freed him from all his chainsI had to stop and think about this On the one hand dreaming that you are not fettered by a mental handicap would lend the dreams a wonderful freedom but on the other I would imagine that waking up to realize that that freedom was only an illusion would be torture day after day So I hope that is not the case Another thing that I really enjoyed about McCullough s writing was its vividness Her characters are just ALIVE and jump off the page Their local slang and way of speaking had me laughing even while I had tears in my eyes because while the phrases they use are hilarious what they are actually saying is true in any language The characters are memorable and none of them not one pulls any punches I love that they say what they mean and mean what they say Brutally honest perhaps but if what needs to be said is important enough sometimes it takes a brutal delivery to make it sink in I also loved the little snippets of Australian life and culture we get to see I love reading about other cultures and people and the only thing that I wish was extended was the small section dealing with the Australian bush I wanted to see the people and find out how Mary would interact with them Anyway I loved this book I m immensely glad that I read it and can safely say that I will soon be reading much much of McCullough s writing


10 thoughts on “Tim author Colleen McCullough

  1. says:

    Update In my true story of Mari and Joey see review below Mari had been committed by her family in Boston and they had taken charge of her two mixed raced daughters by two different extremely undesirable men The girls never fitted in with the

  2. says:

    Colleen McCullough is an author I'm glad to have finally read This audio was enjoyable a talented narrator that switched from characters seamlessly especially for Tim's character a developmentally delayed adult who is unknowingly trapped in

  3. says:

    Wow There is so much that I want to say about this book and I don't know if I will really be able to do it all justice I think I'm just going to go for my tried and true method and just ask you to tag along with my ramblings Hopefully it will make sense at the end On the surface Tim is a story of an unlikely relationship between a child like 25 year old mentally retarded man the title character and a 43 year old straight laced an

  4. says:

    Well I have read and loved many of this author 's books but this one did not really work for me Much of the story is naive and unbelievable and the characters are stereotypes I enjoyed it in parts but skimmed a lo

  5. says:

    Still 5 Huge Stars Forever one of mine early very memorable readings Sometimes I fall down in the old memory laneI loved this story then long ago Looked in my bookshelf and my Swedish translated hardcover book was printed in 1980 and I bought it perhaps on a sale in 1982 Yes 1982 I've read it a few times since then but it is certainly 15 years since the last time A great of heart touching story about a 'older' mature woman and a young man

  6. says:

    4 ½ stars A wonderful feeling at the end for two people loving each other But there is also sadness about Tim’s challengesA richly

  7. says:

    With the recent passing of Colleen McCullough and seeing her novel 'Tim' on the Kindle Daily Deals I thought it was time I read one of her books Most people have heard of 'The Thorn Birds' however up until now I ha

  8. says:

    Tim Melville is a twenty five year old labourer who is “not the full uid” as he describes himself yet he ha

  9. says:

    Tim is one of those stories lost but not forgotten in time and I actually found it uite the page turner I'm happy I can check it off

  10. says:

    a most unusual but believable love story Not only do the main characters ring true but they are surrounded by eually believable supporting characters I loved Tim's mum And the Australian landscape was beautifully evoked A remarkable b

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