Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: #1 in the Outlander series
Publication Date: 1991
The Short Version:
In 1945 Claire Randall steps through a group of standing stones on a hill in Scotland and finds herself in 1743.
Why I Read It:
I have become addicted to this series and was on the waiting list for this one at the library I’ve read it either 3 or 4 times already but the publicity for the upcoming TV production made me want to read it again.
Seriously skip to the 0:33 mark in this and watch the rest. I nearly swooned.
From the publisher
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 Highland clans in the year of Our Lord … 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life … and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire … and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
When I first read it 13 years ago when I bought this copy I fell in love with Jamie and the entire book.
I told everyone I knew to read it because I thought it was that good. I still think it’s one of my favorite books of all time. It was so long between the subsequent books in the series that I ended up re-reading it before moving on to the next book at least a couple of times. I’ve only read as far as the fourth book in the series (Drums of Autumn) because the wait between books was so long I decided to just let her write a few more and then start over. I also felt that by the fourth book the overwriting and repetitiveness were becoming more problematic. I will probably continue re-reading and move along in the series but in all honesty it’s probably downhill from here. It’s a matter of I need to see it through.
I still think this is a wonderful book and highly recommend it. Historical fiction, romance, adventure and a fascinating period of history make it fun. Claire is an intelligent heroine and Jamie still get me all twitterpated. Yeah I have issues with some of the writing and some of the plot but I still like it.
With every re-read I find myself liking the character of Jamie’s sister more and more. Jenny has become my favorite female character in this book and the series.
I’m planning on watching the TV show when it airs this summer. I’m expecting it to be a mix of fabulous and horrible but I doubt I’ll be able to look away.
I fully admit that my feelings about this book after re-reading it again are completely tainted by the nostalgia of how much I loved it the first time.