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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (July 11 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060089598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060089597
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 209 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #952,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Excellent, really more of a novella than a novel. The "August" character is prevented, I'm thankful, from taking over the story. Nice to see that Dutch has thrown in some descriptions of settings and some narrative passages to go with all the dialog this time.
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The only problem I have with this book is that it's too short. Perhaps where it ends is the right point, because it makes you think for yourself what actually happened, and what whould happen to the main characters after the incident. But take it as a compliment that I wanted to read more about these characters.
The story is about a stigmatic who may also have healing powers. One of the good points of the book is that they explain the phenomenon of those who have stigmata. For those uninitiated, this is the condition where humans periodically experience the wounds suffered by Christ at his crucifixtion. They actually get holes in their hands and bleed. This has been documented enough to prove it does indeed exist. Whether it is due to an extreme power of self-suggestion or an actual miracle I will leave to the reader.
Ditto with the healing power. The main character seemingly has this, and Leonard teases us by not showing any healing until the end, and that is even written to make us wonder. It does, however, have the actual stigmata occur, and when it does, it is powerful writing by the author.
Of course, being a Leonard novel, you have to surround him with a cast of con men and hucksters that see how they can benefit from this. What is tantalizing is that we never really know if the central character is good or just another con man. We think he's good, and we want to believe he's good, but Leonard just leaves little hints to make us wonder ourselves.
I'll also not reveal if he's a good man or not, and for that matter, I might be wrong myself. I highly recommend you read it and make your own decision.
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By Peach on Jan. 23 2001
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The book was actually written in the 1977 but took 10 years to get published because of the religious undertones. I honestly don't understand what the fuss was about but then again that was over 20 years ago. It's a story about a man, Juvenal, who has the ability to heal the sick and when he does heal them he gets the wounds of Jesus, stigmata. Juvenal does not claim to be a saint however the rest of the world disagrees. All Juvenal wants to help those in need and to be left alone. However, there are too many people who want a piece of him. They want to exploit this miracle for a profit. And then there's Lynne... with Lynne Juvenal has found a soulmate, someone who he can talk to and who understand him. Now this 'saint' has a girlfriend and people are up in arms. Should Juvenal live his life for the Church or for himself?
I highly recommend this book; it's a fairly quick read and very unique story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A quick but good read June 10 2002
By elvistcob@lvcm.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The only problem I have with this book is that it's too short. Perhaps where it ends is the right point, because it makes you think for yourself what actually happened, and what whould happen to the main characters after the incident. But take it as a compliment that I wanted to read more about these characters.
The story is about a stigmatic who may also have healing powers. One of the good points of the book is that they explain the phenomenon of those who have stigmata. For those uninitiated, this is the condition where humans periodically experience the wounds suffered by Christ at his crucifixtion. They actually get holes in their hands and bleed. This has been documented enough to prove it does indeed exist. Whether it is due to an extreme power of self-suggestion or an actual miracle I will leave to the reader.
Ditto with the healing power. The main character seemingly has this, and Leonard teases us by not showing any healing until the end, and that is even written to make us wonder. It does, however, have the actual stigmata occur, and when it does, it is powerful writing by the author.
Of course, being a Leonard novel, you have to surround him with a cast of con men and hucksters that see how they can benefit from this. What is tantalizing is that we never really know if the central character is good or just another con man. We think he's good, and we want to believe he's good, but Leonard just leaves little hints to make us wonder ourselves.
I'll also not reveal if he's a good man or not, and for that matter, I might be wrong myself. I highly recommend you read it and make your own decision.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THANKSGIVING May 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If only I had read this book back in the 70's, then it may have had an impact on me, somehow. But seeing as to the fact that I'm approaching 80, and will soon be too old to actually appreciate the sub-text of this wonderful novel - I'd have to say that tho' it is one of EL's best books he'd ever written, I would have to agree with my wife who keeps telling me to put the book down and connect myself back to reality.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Book/Quick Read Jan. 23 2001
By Peach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was actually written in the 1977 but took 10 years to get published because of the religious undertones. I honestly don't understand what the fuss was about but then again that was over 20 years ago. It's a story about a man, Juvenal, who has the ability to heal the sick and when he does heal them he gets the wounds of Jesus, stigmata. Juvenal does not claim to be a saint however the rest of the world disagrees. All Juvenal wants to help those in need and to be left alone. However, there are too many people who want a piece of him. They want to exploit this miracle for a profit. And then there's Lynne... with Lynne Juvenal has found a soulmate, someone who he can talk to and who understand him. Now this 'saint' has a girlfriend and people are up in arms. Should Juvenal live his life for the Church or for himself?
I highly recommend this book; it's a fairly quick read and very unique story.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not just a genre writer Sept. 1 2010
By Anthony Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So-called genre writers are typically treated like second-class citizens in the literary world. ("Oh, he/she's just a mystery/romance/sci fi/ whatever writer.") To many readers, unless a book is long and a chore to read, it isn't a serious work. Well, I think Elmore Leonard disproves that pile of poop with TOUCH. This is a departure from his usual good guy/bad guys set-up, but his wry, economical style works like a charm. Sure, the charlatans in this book could have shown up in any of his crime novels, but the stakes are higher here. If you start reading with no preconceived expectations and just go with it, you will not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Astonishing, Perfect, A Must for Elmore Leonard Fans July 13 2011
By Cheryl Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This marvelous novel, with its tone-perfect prose, spot-on dialogue, unpredictable twists and engaging characters caught me by surprise, but it is quintessential Elmore Leonard, varying only from the author's better known works by an unexpected sunniness and sweetness of tone.

How the Coen Brothers have failed to film this, I don't know, but order a copy. You will create your own mind-movie.

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