Book 1, Outlander - A Novel
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This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
From Publishers Weekly
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I love historical fiction, especially anything involving British history (don't even ask how many times I've read Pillars of the Earth). After hearing such exalted reviews about this series from so many friends I finally tucked into Outlander with great expectations. I was curious to discover the author's insights into the challenges Claire might have faced in adapting to a world without the things we consider basic necessities in the 21st century, but this book isn't about that. It's simply a series of outrageous predicaments of the characters' own making that perhaps Gabaldon was hoping would provide that page-turning, addictive reading experience. It would have been so much more satisfying to feel a bit of Claire's and Jamie's humanity along with their heroics. However, where Claire encounters challenges she seems to skip blithely past them, adapting with superhuman flexibility and cheery acceptance of her new circumstances. Her paramour comes across as a bit too perfect a hero, one who can be presumed dead in one moment (so much so that Claire, the nurse, is compelled to take his pulse) then minutes later come to life with a humorous quip about his condition. He is infinitely understanding, gallant and chivalrous, unconditionally loving and forgiving, capable of withstanding horrendous abuse, torture and physical harm only to heal himself into a state more robust than before, Jamie is more like the love interest in a bodice-ripper than a flesh-and-blood man with flaws and issues. Without deeper insight into who these people are and what makes them tick, they just frustrated me. I want to feel like I know the characters in a book, there needs to be something, a spark of familiarity that draws sympathy and compels me to care what happens to them. But I felt like I was reading an elaborately constructed Marvel comic book. I'm really disappointed. I was looking forward to reading the whole series but I think I'll be stopping after book one.
I own this book in hardcover, as well as the remainder of the series so far. I re-read this at least once a year, always entertaining and captivating. If you're new to Diana Gabaldon I strongly recommend getting started - on a Saturday morning because you won't be able to put this down. The series has everything a person could be looking for, and is well written to boot.
By far my favorite author, and my favorite series. I cannot wait for the next one!!
Recommended for book lovers
Well written, interesting storyline and characters are very real. Probably on top of my "best I've ever read" list. I'm currently on my 3rd round and the story is still fresh everytime I read it.