Author: Diana Gabaldon
I am in what is called a droughtlander right now. It’s been so long since the T.V. series has been back that I started re-watching the show. It made me also decide to re-read the books. Yes, you heard that right, I’m re-reading the series, which made me decide to re-review them. Actually, I’ve only ever reviewed Outlander as standalone and the Lord John Grey series but now I’m hoping to give you guys a glimpse of it all. I’m going to pace myself with these, just like I did with Poldark, I don’t want to rush through them, especially since I don’t know when the next and 9th book will be coming out.
My goal however is to read at least the first 3 by September so that I’m already for the T.V. series. I do not plan on comparing the two (because obviously the books are better).
Synopsis: It follows Claire Randall, nurse during WWII on her second honeymoon with her husband to Scotland. While there she visits Craigh Nun Dun, when she touches the standing stones she ends up in Scotland in 1743. Confused and scared, Claire must adapt to her new environment while she tries to get back to her husband. When she first falls through the stones she is met by a group of highlanders, specifically James Fraser. Once the two meet, you can tell their lives are changed forever. What will Claire do? And what kind of impact will Claire have on these Highlanders and Jamie in particular?
” For Where All Love is, The Speaking is Unnecessary.
It is all. It is Undying.
And it is enough”
So let’s start with the very simple statement that anyone who has read the books will tell you we all love Jamie Fraser’s character. The young Scot is one that is hard to forget. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and the series as whole. I love historical fiction and while the first book is more romance, the further you read, the more you learn about history. This book starts with information about the Jacobite Rising of the 1740’s. Since I have no Scottish ancestry in me I had no idea what the Jacobite Rising was, no recollection of the Battle of Culloden and what it did to the Highlands and Scotland. While I remember reading the famine that occurred in Scotland in school, there was nothing else. As always, school history books don’t give the story in justice because it’s just facts. Diana Gabaldon wraps those facts and the time period into a beautiful description of the ruggedness, beliefs and personalities that were probable very true during that time.
I did say that this first novel is very romantic, and there is a lot of sex and a lot violence. The first time I read it, I didn’t know what to think of parts of it mainly because my mother and my boyfriend’s mother told me to read it. I wasn’t sure how to talk to them about it all but then I got over that and just kept reading. I know others that find sections too graphic or too historical (best way to explain it) for their preference.
Yes, some of the beliefs and actions in the book are unthinkable in the current time period but this is the 1740’s. These things happened. Not only did they happen but they were expected. If you read the story you’ll know what I’m talking about. This is history, this is civilization and how it used to be.
I got off topic and maybe what I just told you will make you not want to read this story but I’m telling you TO READ it. This was my third time reading Outlander and I know it won’t be last re-read. You will fall in love with these these characters. You will find that they have a special place in your heart, and you’ll feel as if you knew them your whole life.
Five stars (obviously).
Whatever problems we might be facing —-
and I knew there were plenty—
We were together. Forever. And that was enough.
Outlander, Chapter 26