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review 2017-12-31 10:19
#83 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

I’d been wanting to read this book for ages and I’ve had it on my shelves for more than a year. I finally decided to read this monster and it took me an entire month to do it. It was really a great and interesting read nonetheless.

 

I loved the historical references in this book and the differences between how Claire and Jamie see the world; they come from completely different times. It was interesting to see Jamie changing his opinions about things thanks to Claire, but also the other way around. We often think we have evolved from our ancestors but we have many things to learn from them still. I’m not particularly fond of time travel but it was not that important in the book (weel, it’s the main theme of the book but it is not too dominating) (And I just noticed I wrote weel instead of well, which is my next topic about the book).

 

I took me ages to read it because it’s huge, but also because I was not used to Scottish language. I’m not a native English speaker, my first language being French, so I really had some difficulty understanding the dialogues at first. But then I got used to it and I was so invested in the book that I started to write words the way they are written in Outlander (I mainly use English at work). It was a really fun experience!

 

I did not particularly like the romance between Claire and Jamie at first; I thought it was going way too fast. But then I found that their relationship (and not only the sexy times) was really developing into something strong and it was interesting to read about it (the sexy times were interesting as well).

 

I’m not going to develop too much because this book is way too long and too full of interesting developments and I don’t have a lot of time (I really want to post this before the New Year). In brief, I enjoyed how realistic this book was, with a lot of humor and also a lot of not so funny events. I definitely recommend it.

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review 2015-06-15 06:59
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just 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 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.

 

 

Review

 

Second time reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I wasn't disappointed. It has been close to two years since I read this book, and to be completely honest I'm not sure why I didn't continue with the series.

So when I found out it was being turned into a TV show I had to finally get the rest of the books in the series. I hate the thought of starting a series and not finishing it. 

 

Even though after reading this two years ago the plot was still fresh in my mind (especially that ending), but since I loved it so much the first time around, there was no harm in refreshing my mind.

 

Usually when I'm reviewing a book I talk about the things I like and disliked, Outlander I loved everything about it (so this will explain why the review will be short). The setting, romance, time travel to the past, writing style, characters, I could not find one fault with it. 

Even with some of the choices Claire made, I could understand where she was coming from and understood why she did it. 

 

Diana Gabaldon can write chemistry between characters like nobody's business. Not only the interaction you get between Claire and Jamie, but also the other characters involvement in the story. Everybody has their own voice and characteristics that it was easy to pick out who was talking.

 

I have not yet seen the TV show, but I've heard nothing but great things. I mean c'mon, can we take a moment and just admire Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan):

 

 

I'm thinking as soon as I get it on DVD I will review it as well. Is the plot similar to the book? Are the characters how I pictured them? Things like that.

Also, now that I finally have the next book in the series, I can not wait to start it and see where Claire and Jamie go.

 

 

 

 

 

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