TITLE:Outlander AUTHOR:Diana Gabaldon INFO:Paperback, Fiction, 850 pages PUBLISHED:Delacorte, 1991 ISBN#: 978-0-3853-1995-9 SOURCE:Received from Pump Up Your Book Tours for Review and Blog Tour
FROM GOODREADS: 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.
MY TAKE: Anyone who knows me or is familiar with my bookish obsession will be aware (possibly painfully aware) that Outlander is my favorite book of all time. There is no wiggle room, it just IS. So while I jumped at the chance to be on this blog tour to celebrate this masterpiece, I also felt a bit of hesitation. How do you describe something that in the many re-readings has touched different parts of your heart and mind? Bear with me and I will attempt it.
I actually “met” Claire and Jamie when Diana Gabaldon was first writing their story. I belonged to the writer’s forum on Compuserve for a while where Diana was submitting excerpts from her “practice story”. I must admit I fell in love with Jamie back then! Fast forward a few years and I stumble across a book called Outlander. The entire time I was absorbing this mesmerizing story I felt it was familiar. It took a while to figure out that I had actually read bits and pieces years before.
This is an epic story that truly does have something for everyone. It doesn’t fit neatly into any one niche or genre though. Fiction, history, romance, science-fiction, paranormal, family, military, Scotland, American, Celtic, fantasy ~ do you see what I mean? I have recommended this book and entire series to men and women, of various ages including my then husband-to-be. He was also touched by this book, so much in fact that we implemented part of their wedding vow into ours:
“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone.
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.”
As I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I will end my glowing tribute with a quote from one of my favorite parts of the story. It occurred in their bridal chamber right after Jamie & Claire’s forced wedding when they are getting to know each other. As they are drifting off to sleep, Jamie tries to comfort Claire and says, “Don’t be afraid, there’s the two of us now.” To me, this statement sets the tone for the rest of the story and series and sums it all up.
*Just needed to share this last bit: I had “General Hospital” on in the background as I was writing this post. One of the actors was gifting her hospitalized sister with books. That made me look up and I started “whoo hooing” when she presented the girl with OUTLANDER! Excellent taste ladies! I have also gifted this book to many, many people. It is the only book I have ever bought more than ten/five/two copies of!
The eighth installment of this phenomenal saga is in the works now. In the meantime, Diana and her legion of fans are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Outlander this year. You can read more about Jamie and Claire as well as Diana herself by visiting her website at http://www.DianaGabaldon.com.
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