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- Publisher: Dell; 1st edition (October 26, 2004)
- Publication Date: October 26, 2004
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC2L1O
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Why write ANOTHER review?
First, to give author Diana Gabaldon her due. Not only did she write this long novel (plus seven more, plus some related novellas and such), and keep it endlessly entertaining with vivid characters and fresh plot twists galore. No, that was not enough. She had to write some of the most vivid sweet prose around. Over and over I found gems--dozens of them. They are the kind of verbal jewels that make any author gasp and say "I wish I wrote that." What a feast!
Second, to comment on my fellow readers. While reading OUTLANDER it seemed Gabaldon was everywhere. I recently transitioned six times through airports. EVERY airport had someone reading a Gabaldon paperback. Most readers had no idea what was going on around them because they were clearly a couple centuries back, in Scotland. I wonder how many missed their flights?
Third, to comment on copy editing (as I usually do). This is a long book. I did spot some errors in my Kindle version but, compared to many ebooks, not many errors. Room for improvement but overall pretty good--better than most, for sure.
The odds are slim that anyone will encounter this five-star review in the vast ocean of existing appreciation for this delightful book and its author. If, perchance, a live person actually reads this review, please let me know with a "helpful" vote. I'll know it's a good day to buy a lottery ticket.
Next up: Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander)
Now, don't get me wrong: I like a good steamy romance novel, now and again. It's just that I was expecting more substance from this particular series. I love sci-fi, and time travel qualifies, but turns out that's just a cute backdrop for the romance, at least in the first half of the first book. No way am I remotely inclined to slog through 8 books to see if it breaks free of the Harlequin vibe!
The writing is not bad, so I'm giving it three stars. I'm not quite as outraged by the what others are calling misogyny and domestic abuse; I believe Jaime loves Claire and is trying to be a proper, loving husband, but the corrective spanking/beating he doles out is infantilizing, at best. Claire is a fighter and puts some hurt back on him, but the whole situation is designed to do what I mentioned at the beginning: to set up a steamy sex scene. In this case, a sex scene with strong B&D overtones that I don't find appealing at all.
So yeah, that was about halfway through and is the point at which I remembered that life is too short to waste good reading time on anything I'm not thoroughly into. Especially with the prospect of seven more books to go. Ugh. No. Time to find something else.
I had to draw the line, though, at the "hero" beating the heroine because she "deserves it", then telling her after that he enjoyed beating her, and she is basically ok with that and falls in love with him. No, this not OK, nor is it at all romantic. It's sick. I was disgusted and disappointed by this book. It also seems homophobic because the only gay characters are creepy rapists. This book belongs in the trash.
Top international reviews
I saw the TV series of this last year and thought that, like most book adaptations, they would have missed a lot of interesting information out for dramatic purposes. Thus I bought the book (along with 2 and 3). I love Scotland, but was fairly ignorant of the Rising and subsequent Highland Clearances, so this book brought the history to life, without being like the boring history text books of my youth. There are a lot of elements to interest you, time travel, romance (both hetero and gay) and adventure. There is a reason that this series of books are best sellers, they are well written and keep you turning the pages. Personally speaking, I love them, and have just ordered 4,5 and 6.
The story is realistic, doesn't shy away from brutalities and everyday realities of a life in 18th century Scotland. I like the fact that the writer isn't writing vaguely about any situation, i.e. Jack Randall's twisted mind and torture of Jamie (there's quite a few surprises!), Claire & Jamie's marital life which is described just right not to be a paperback romance, etc.
Claire as a narrator is funny, amusing, intelligent and has a great overview of life.
When the book was published in 1991, it was an instant best-seller and I cannot believe I haven't stumble across it earlier.
I highly recommend this fiction not only for those who love to read about historical Scotland but for those who just simply love a good story and a good book.
Having seen the series just after I finished the book I have to say I haven't seen such a great adaptation of a book into a TV story yet. Thanks to the lenght of the series, the film makers went into a great detail of the story. Still, the book is always much better than its cinematic counterpart.
One of the best things about good historical novels is the detail, and this book is full of small details. From the clans, work, transport, scenery, plants for healing and the separate roles of men and women. There are also patterns of speech, the way they address one another, their deference, in addition to the use of Gaelic, this all adds to the richness of the book.
Jamie is notable for his red hair and although not a clan leader he is still a man of influence, being nephew to Callum and Dougal McKenzie. Stubborn and courageous his fierce loyalty and protection make him both admirable and sympathetic. Jamie is well educated, considerate, compassionate, catholic and funny. In direct contrast, Frank’s relation, Black Jack Randell, is sadistic, cruel and an English Officer. Randell is a perfect foil for Jamie, at a time when historically the Scots were the rebels and Catholicism was seen as both suspicious and superstitious.
Claire is just as stubborn, passionate and opinionated as Jamie. The difference is she brings her 20th Century outlook into historic Scotland resulting in unforeseen consequences both good and bad. She is the driving force in the novel, written in the first-person from her point of view. This can be problematic, as we don’t have the other characters point of view and this could narrow the depth and field of vision. It is a testament to the author’s skill that we get a rounded picture of Jamie. This is achieved through dialogue, but also the stories he tells of his childhood and his reaction and interaction with other people. This is important for in the novel Jamie is Scotland, we learn more about the culture and beliefs through him than any other character.
Jenny is Jamie’s sister, just as stubborn and more outspoken than her brother, she is the standard by which we asses Claire. In the book, she represents 18th-century Scottish women. She is tough, practical, hard-working, no-nonsense, feisty and loyal, a devoted wife and mother. While Jamie travels the highlands, she is the steadfast protector of Lallybroch. She provides the home for him to come back to.
Eighteenth-Century Scotland suffered brutal times where death and serious injury were common. Infection was dealt with by amputation rather than antibiotics. Fights and skirmishes over clan lands were normal. The author does not sanitize these moments, neither does she sensationalize them We receive the facts, but more importantly how the characters cope with the situation.
The pace is regular and the growing relationship between Claire and Jamie is given enough time and opportunities to blossom. Callum, Dougal, Jack Randall, and Geillis all form an integral part moving the story forward, in addition to adding to the historical detail. The ending closes previous events and looks towards another chapter in their lives together, even if it does feel a little sudden like something has been left unsaid.
Reading some people’s reviews I was struck by someone comparing Jamie Fraser to Fitzwilliam Darcy. Most ladies would not want to demote Colin Firth to second place, but perhaps we could put Jamie joint first.
I watched the first series on TV and decided to re read the book and it didn't disappoint. Some parts had been changed and adapted to suit TV better but the book, in my opinion is better. This book fits a lot of different genres of fiction, what with time travel, history, romance and plots. I loved the two main characters and the supporting ones were well fleshed out and believable. Despite being a long book, its easily readable and very entertaining throughout.
I found the story of Jamie and Claire intriguing and far more interesting than that of Claire and Frank. I couldn’t separate what we learned of his ancestor from his unassuming descendant, Frank. I didn’t find him that interesting anyway and for me the taint of Black Jack Randall spoiled him as a character.
I did struggle with some of the brutality but accept that’s my problem. I’m just too squeamish.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book and am glad that there are so many books to enjoy
The book adds more to what I've seen on screen, but doesn't lessen the impact of the television series. I've jumped straight on to book 2, as the whole story is gripping, even though we know what happened.