Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Monday June 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm |

outlander-dbPublisher: Dell Publishers
Published: July 26, 2005
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 850
Form: Paperback
Series: Outlander (1)
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone 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 is catapulted 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts

I admit to being one of those late comers who picked this book up because I was interested in watching the upcoming Outlander series to premiere on Starz.  I’m almost always of the mind that the book is better.  And though I thoroughly enjoyed the television series, (squeeing at it’s return to television last night!), I found the book to be quite exceptional.

Claire Randall, an army nurse finds herself unceremoniously thrust back in time approximately 2oo years while on a second honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish highlands.  After a dangerous run-in with her husband’s sadistic past relative and being rescued by Scotsmen, Claire finds herself at Castle Leoch where the Scots and the English are both trying to determine if she’s a spy.  Soon Claire and young Scot’s warrior Jamie Fraser are married out of necessity and circumstance.  But what begins as a marriage of convenience, quickly grows into a love neither of them have experienced before.

I cannot express how much I loved this book!  And it was even better the second time around.  Claire’s mysterious fall through time and her subsequent marriage to young Jamie was fascinating.  It seemed to me they had an almost instant connection and watching them grow together was both phenomenal and tragic.

Jamie was one of the mot perceptive and thoughtful characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.  He’s funny, charismatic, and extremely intelligent and clever for a young man his age.  But I guess with all he’s been through in his short time, he would have to be.  Though there seems to be danger coming at him from all angles of his life, for a while he finds a way to safely navigate his way through the danger.  He’s kind, fair, and strong in both body, spirit, and will.  And he is nothing if not a man of his word and I can really admire that.

And though Claire at times worked my nerves with her dangerous impulses, her good qualities far outshines her annoying ones.  As a nurse she seemed naturally inclined towards healing and kindness to others.  She was also very clever and full of love and dedication.  For someone sent to a foreign time, she adjusts and adapts well to her situation.

Jamie and Claire go through some very harrowing experiences that are actually quite heartbreaking.  I mean I ached for the anguish and pain they went through.  But the love they shared helped them to overcome their obstacles.  I am looking forward to the rest of the television series and reading the next book.

**Edit:  I have since read the series through once and started reading through again.  I’ve completed the first and second book in my second go round so far.  Needless to say I am in love with this series!

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6 Responses to “Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon”

  1. I was fairly late to discovering Outlander, too, but I read it a few years ago for my Big Book Summer Challenge (see below). I haven’t gotten to #2 yet, but I am also enjoying the TV show!

    Just wanted to remind you that it is summer again….and time for another Big Book Summer Challenge! I hope you enjoyed it when you participated two years ago and will consider joining the fun again! All you need to participate is to plan on reading at least one book of 400+ pages before Labor Day (early Sept)!


    2016 Big Book Summer Challenge

    • Jade Jade says:

      Hi there, Sue. I probably will try to get to this challenge this year. I have other Outlander books to re-read, and I want to re-read The Game of Thrones books!

  2. I was finishing up reading this last year just as the show premiered- timed it just right, lol. I really enjoyed the book and love the show. I do find the sequels a little daunting in size, which is one of the reasons I’ve been putting off reading Dragonfly in Amber. I’m determined to read it before the year ends, though!

    • Jade Jade says:

      Hi there Lee!

      I loved Outlander. I will be honest and say I wasn’t as enchanted with Dragonfly and Amber as the first one and the subsequent ones. The first part moved slow for me, but the second half of the book was pretty exciting. But once you get past the second one….they are just phenomenal.

  3. Lekeisha says:

    I have tried to start this book a million times. Now that I’m all caught up with the show, I may as well power my way through the first 2 books, at least.