Diana Gabaldon Ï 4 SummaryA special note to those who say my review stopped them from reading this book No no no Read it I actually reread the whole series last summer and enjoyed it immensely Just read it for what it is ludicrous well written humorous delicious TRASH Just don t expect it to be the most brilliant novel ever written and you ll be fineHow To Commit Adultery Without Being a Cheap Slutty Who I remember my friend in college 1992ish coming out of her room holding a book to her chest and saying YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK She said it was a time travel romance book set in ost world war II Scotland and mid 18th century Scotland Being as I was a 24 year old stoner and a 5th year college student Lord of the Rings was up my alley and I told her I d Underground (Unbelievers, put it on my list Fast forward to 2009 I m on my usual Saturday morning sojourn to Barnes and Noble and I come across Outlander in the fiction section As I am currently without any books to read and nothing catching my interest I decide to finally give it a try All I can say is I cannot believe I wasted almost 20 years of my life without reading this book I won t go into thelot as it s already been covered but Holy Shit this is one fantastic book You ve got adventure drama history fantasy and romance Easily the best romantic story line I ve ever read and literally the most charismatic appealing male lead I ve seen I ve since read the whole series and love it even today If you ve ever read a book and literally gotten so sucked in that you can t The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons possibly read fast enough then you know what I m talking aboutOh and Jamie Fraser is a God I ve been an avid reader since I was 8 and Jamie is without a doubt my most beloved Whomever your favorite malerotagonist is I can romise you that no one compares to Jamie no one Read on GR friends this series is epic and you won t regret itPS circa Fall 2013 I usually don t care if someone does not like a book that I love Everyone s tastes are different That being said I find if someone says something negative about Outlander I have an almost visceral reaction and want to stab them with a fork So if you re a hater you better watch yourselfand seriously What s wrong with you Contains SPOILERS I was lying in a hospital bed with my leg broken and once the library trolley came for a round of books anyone my hand was in the air in no time Too late did the librarian notice the foreign literature on my bedside table and with a distraught expression try to recover Outlander I said firmly Oh no Madam I ll read that Just enough time left for her to make up with a tome of controversial French literature on the genocide in RuandaBut as I d said my first mission was Outlander Anyway it could not be that bad since I d seen it sold by the local bookclub beforeAh yes it could After some forty ages my jaw dropped in disbelief after some hundred The Purposeful Graduate pages the case was as good as closed But then to tell the truth Ms Gabaldon s warped morals kept me goingBecause this brave woman has achieved what I never thought could be done she has fabricated some catholically correctornLet me Inscriptions for Headstones point that outClaireretty much a Mary Jane on the first few Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay pages her lovely we know it is curly and unruly though she claims it is not hair is described at length and did you know she can healeople Oh yes and Did you know she has a spitfire Huumetsaarin jouluyö personality but everybody likes her in spite of that well not the women but then they re either jealous or uptight or both is by some zing of the time space continuum catapulted back to the Scotland of yore without her husband goodlooking sensitive a savant but never mind she finds some replacement in her husband s evil ancestor looks just like him who s just as much into Claire but unfortunately lacks the morals tolease and guts to take it up with Ms SpitfireThis Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij proves to be helpful in forgetting husband 1 handy since soon Claire arouses the ardour of a youngroud and good looking Scotsman Jamie who if a bit on the simple side is as true as gold not to mention built likewell yes and just one twist of fate later they find themselves exchanging vows Note The good never have extra marital sex in this book that s for the evil and sluggishSurprise upon surprise actually Jamie is a virgin on their wedding night but with a few Leads Uickly Gets Into His uickly gets into his Matrimony turns into a sacrament what would otherwise be a sin or so it goesIn the following this sacrament is bestowed upon darling Claire with unnerving freuency about every two Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina pages but it only gets really colourful ifreceded by conjugal beating Claire did something bad Claire has to be unished yes she herself aknowledges this in the end or attempts of strangers or evil husband to rape herYes and of course after Jamie has de facto been raped and tortured by evil husband He s so desolate Evil husb I gave up on this book because I was sustaining ermanent damage from reading it and I was afraid I d start hitting back And it s a borrowed copy so that wouldn t be coolIn fairness I should say there s a lot of good writing here I really enjoyed the beginning chapters They even kind of cracked me up because I have friends who love genealogy and their husbands always get that look when they start talking about it and that s exactly how I imagined Claire looking when her husband started droning on and on about his ancestorsAnd Claire is a nurse which is a really droning on on about his ancestorsAnd Claire is a nurse which is a really transportable skill if you re going to be thrown back in time which it turns out Claire is Sorry Spoiler alert Can you imagine if you were one of those Nerds On Wheels computer repair The Bias of Communication people and you got sent to eighteenth century Scotland You d be totally screwedBut Claire s skills come in handy without seeming out oflace A woman who s a dab hand at healing is always welcome in Olden Tymes so Claire is able to land on her feet and kind of get a job once she figures out what happened to her and comes to terms with itWhich is retty much immediately Which is when the book started to lose me There s like no culture shock whatsoever She gets knocked back two hundred years or so She goes WHOA What the flimminy She starts being The Lady To Go To With Your Eighteenth Century Scottish Boo Boos That s it There are a few mentions of things like how shoes fit differently back then and anachronistic language but there s no sense of the kind of thing a erson from the future would be startled by Not the food not the weird underwear nothing Claire just settles in and starts being the resident nurse at a castle She keeps half an eye out for a chance to get to the lace that can take her back to the future but it has all the deep emotional urgency that I feel when I really should stop by the grocery store on the way home but it won t kill anybody if I go tomorrow instead Like whatevs Still there was lenty to keep me interested Like leeches The stuff about leeches was cool And the info about healing herbs And that kid getting his ear hammered to a board because he was caught stealingReally this book would have worked fine for me if it hadn t been for what everybody else seems to love about it which is the Romantic Interest Which still would have been fine even with the whole SHE S MARRIED ALREADY thingy But okay let s say that she has to marry that guy They aren t in love when they get married and so the whole oint of the book is to watch their relationship develop while Claire struggles with guilt and fear and thoughts of how her real husband must be worrying about her and how the heck does time travel work in this book and WHY IS SHE JUST ASSUMING THAT TIME IS GOING BY IN THE FUTURE AT THE SAME RATE IT IS FOR HER WHY I ASK YOUSorry I m a minor league nerd and this art really bugged meSo what I just described would have been a book I could read and enjoy or at least read and not scream in 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens pain But apparently someone gave Diana Gabaldon the creepiestiece of writing advice EVER and it was thisListen you know how if you re cooking and you re worried it s not turning out very well just add bacon if it s savory and chocolate chips if it s sweet and everybody ll love it Well if you re working on your first novel and you don t know what to have happen next just throw in some 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 sh. ,
Ape Or attempted rape Works like a charmShe follows this advice to the letter and I m sorry but I have to go home now I managed to read the she disobeys him so he beats her with his belt scene I almost unched the book right in the face but as I said it s a friend s copy so I had to be niceThen I managed to get through the she forgives him for the beating like the next freakin day scene I started fantasizing about this book getting stuck in the elevator of a burning building but I was able to hold on and keep going Then there was the scene where Big Kilted Oaf I mean Jamie starts laughing about the whole beating thing and reminiscing about how hot she looked when he was holding her down beating the crap out of her and she forgives him for that too Like instantly And I m all WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING HERE And still I staggered on Heaven only knows why And how did the author reward me for my Detention of Doom perseverance What is this book all about What s the recurring literary themeRape Attempted rape More attempted rape Marital rape A little marital rape Conversations about rape GIGGLING during conversations about rape And I m all I M OUT OF HERE AND I DON T CARE HOW MANY OF MY FRIENDS HATE MEI read 444ages in a row Fromentin plus I skimmed a lot of the rest of it including the creepiest rapiest Chekhov s gun I ve ever seen fired Do NOT tell me I didn t give this book a fair chance I TOTALLY DIDIn case you needroof here s a list of all the things I learned about rape from Outlander1 It s a bummer for the woman involved but save your sympathy for her brother Assuming you have any emotional response at all which you won t if you re ClaireJamie tells Claire about his sister Jenny being raped by a dastardly redcoat He has a good chuckle talking about how Jenny Punishing My Slutty Little Sister punches and kicks her attacker She isn t able to hold him off forever though And Jamie gets flogged for trying to defend her Claire s response I m sorry It must have been terrible for youIt is terrible for Jamie to have his sister dishonor herself wi such scum Nice So terrible that he can t bring himself to go back home to her when he gets out ofrison and see her again after what happened She s impregnated by the rape Left on her own both emotionally and financially she is forced to become the mistress of another English soldier Jamie finally sends her what money he can but can t bring himself to write to her Because you know what could I sayClaire s response Oh dearReally how could I give up on this book when the main character is so sympathetic2 Rape can lead to comically inaccurate ideas about how Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 people do the nastyAfter Jamie and Claire consummate their marriage Jamie confesses that he didna realize that ye did it face to face I thought ye must do it the back way like like horses ye know Claire tries to keep a straight face as she asks him why on earth he thought that I saw a man take a womanlain once out in the open But thatwell it was a rape was what it was and he took her from the back It made some impression on me and as I say it s just the idea stuckSo of course Claire flips out and asks him what the heck that was all about Who was it Why was he witness to a rape out in the open Was he able to help the woman What happened to herOh Wait This is Claire the Emotionless She doesn t ask him anything and he doesn t say anything else on the subject Instead they cuddle and talk about how much fun what they just did was Because a story about rape out in the open is just the kind of illow talk a woman wants to hear when she s relaxing after a nice bout of bigamy I mentioned I loved this book right I didn t Good3 Nearly getting raped turns you on for Mr RightJamie and Claire are off on their own in the woods for a spot of marital bliss when they re set upon by highwaymen Claire is nearly raped but manages to kill her assailant Yes she was a nurse during World War II but I think there s a difference between witnessing violence and inflicting it yourself She kills the guy in the nick of time He s on top of her so she undoubtedly gets his blood all over her Meanwhile Jamie manages to dispatch the other two guysAnd then Claire flips out about the fact that she was just attacked and
she had to kill a guy and she had to kill a guy at closehad to kill a guy and she had to kill a guy at close with a knifeOh Wait This is Claire She has no response to any of this now or later Well she does have one response When I ut my hands on his shoulders he Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) pulled me hard against his chest with a sound midway between a groan and a sob We took each other then in a savage urgent silence thrusting fiercely and finishing within momentsIf your marital love life has been a bit blah lately why not get attacked and then kill the guy It ll spice things right up4 It s not rape if it s your husband and heromises he ll hurry Jamie Not here I said suirming away and ushing my skirt down againAre ye tired Sassenach he asked with concern Dinna worry I won t take longnext age He took a firm grip on my shoulders with both handsBe uiet Sassenach he said with authority It isna going to take verra longI gather it s especially not rape if your husband has an ethnic slur nickname for you He should use this at least three times a age Yes Sassenach is derogatory It d be like if you were white and your husband called you his little gringo Although that would actually be kind of funny if he s white too I think I want to get my husband to start calling me that now But I digress5 or if it s your husband and he just really really wants itClaire is saying no and no again She s still in ain from the last time they did it because he didn t take no for an answer even when she told him uite honestly he was hurting her So how does our romantic lead respond James Fraser was not a man to take no for an answer Gentle he would be denied he would notI uoted that last line to my husband and he got the same look on his face that I had on mine all through a two day bout with food The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) poisoningIf this book works for you fine I m not here to judge I m just asking that you understand how completely creeped out I was by all this and not tell me I didn t give it a fair chance I did I really hate not finishing a book once I start it but I just couldn t stand it any Yes I read this I admit it You caught me Not only that I loved it It is a double sin I will likely have to one day repent for by readingiles of Dostoyevsky while I tear out my hair In any case Right once again into the breach to defend myselfThis book is incredibly long It s just a fact All of them are But they go by so incredibly fast By the time I got to the third one I read it in three days The ages just keep turning I read at double speed I was so engrossed in the story And I must admit that usually I hate time travel romances I mean not that I have any experience trying them before never but this one is not even about that Or if it is it just makes it better Also There is a ile of historical information in this text It deals with the Bonnie Prince Charlie uprising and the rest of the books go on to deal with the American colonies and the Revolution by the Time That They Re Done that they re done s not just about the romance It s about medical treatment what horrid things Scottish eople ate the reality of what eople would have suffered through Which is in some cases I think a direct indictment of the Scottish Highlander bodice rippers in which everyone is shining and erfect and with awfully clean white teeth I d say this is historical fiction than romanceBut fine let s deal with the romance Yes There is a lot of sex However I found it to also be deeply intimate and true brutal and real Claire and Jamie while apart are deeply attractive and sympathetic characters with a good deal of nobilty about them Throw them together in love And they are beautifully frail selfish angry flawed I love that statement I really find them so incredibly touchingSo there It s not just a romance novel I stick my tongue out oh so maturely at the readers of this review This book is my love you all know this It deserves an infinite amount of stars too bad Goodreads only allows 5Check out my review on YouTube here uick uestion if this book has a uarter of a million ratings and. E is a Sassenach an “outlander” in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord1743Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threa. Still maintains an average rating of 413 why the hell are the most opular reviews the snarky mean spirited one or two star reviews That doesn t match up at all with what I d assume would be the case which is that most eople who read this book LOVED IT Including me Please eople If you enjoy a book click like on the good reviews as well That s what eople see first when they look for reviews on Goodreadsthe ones with the most opularity or likes Sad that this amazing book s two most opulare and therefore most visible reviews are not in keeping with most Corazones solitarios people s thoughts Ye are Blood of my Blood and Bone of my BoneI give ye my Body that we Two might be OneI give ye my Spirit til our Life shall be Done SUMMARY Claire is happily married She and her husband are visiting Scotland and soaking up the history while indulging in some much needed time alone One morning they are witness to a group of womenerforming a ritual at a nearby stone circleThey should have been ridiculous and Napříč nekonečnem perhaps they were A collection of women in bedsheets many of them stout and far from agilearading in circles on top of a hill but the hair rickled on the back of my neck at the sound of their callThe modern witches at the stone circlespooky and oh such a good mood setterClaire returns to the circle later I wonder if she felt called to that magical lace as if fate had lans for her and she was simply following her destinyThe tallest stone of the circle was cleft with a vertical split dividing the two massive iecesWithout warning and for no apparent reason Claire is whisked back to the year 1743I could say that my field of vision contracted to a single dark spot then disappeared altogether leaving not darkness but a bright void I could say that I felt as though I were spinning or as though I were being Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir pulled inside out All these things are true yet none of them conveys the sense I had of complete disruption of being slammed very had against something that wasn t thereThere she meets James Fraser a man who is as complex as their relationship turns out to be Claire never stops trying to get back home but this world of theast and her Variance (Raise Your Weapon, present is slowly beginning to sink into her She must now decide between remaining faithful to a man she may never see again or conceding to the realization that she will forever remain in this time with this fascinating man who has become her fiercestrotector It s Mermaid pure craziness to me how this book can be summed up in a couple ofaragraphs And it s both detrimental and beneficial that a summary simply cannot encompass the sheer scope of heart that is in these Hochzeit mit Hindernissen pages I was absolutely unpreparedWhy detrimental Because the details did become tedious even as they were adding to the story The downtimeinstead of a time of building anticipation became a time of hurry up and wait This is the only reason that I can t give this five starsbecause for a couple hundredages I was a wee bit bored And I hope that my saying this won t keep someone from reading it I wish that I didn t have to mention it but in order to be fair and honest I feel like it s necessary if only to keep someone s expectations from becoming too high And to be totally confusing it s the details that drag you down into the middle of the eighteenth century the minor secondary lots that make you live this life for awhile So I m not certain that they weren t necessary I do wish that we got of Claire dealing with the mundane things but she just never seems bothered enough with inconveniences to mention themI don t want to do much of a character breakdown except for maybe the three big key layers in this story Claire You re no verra sensible Sassenach but I like ye fine Oh boy I had heard that a lot of eople didn t like Claire at first And to be uite honest for most of the book I really DID like her She was fairly steadfast to her husbandalthough circumstances bieng what they were it would have been nearly impossible for her to stay that way This was a fascinating look into what it must have been like for a woman back in those times Not uite the Dark Ages but boy they were a far cry from modern women s rights This was a time of witch burnings and mob mentality Imagine what it would be like to go back to these times knowing what we know now remembering what took lace in history and being scared to death to be female You re completely at the mercy of the men you are with Thank goodness Claire stumbled upon JamieHer character did fluctuate for me for obvious reasons I had a few minor hiccups with how wishy washy she was at times and how little she seemed to think about how her actions would affect Jamie However view spoiler I do think that she had no idea how assionately Jamie felt for her until near the very end So why would she feel the need to constantly spare his feelings and ut him first hide spoiler I wanted to write a better review for this book to coincide with the release of the new TV series where Jamie actually does look retty hotBack when I read this as a wee lass okay like three years ago there weren t uite as many interesting interpretations of the novel going on I remember reading a bunch of reviews that either sold it as sophisticated well researched historical fiction or a trashy kilt wearing romance full of sex violence and violent sex In my opinion neither is too far
"from the truthi "the truthI going to be honest I never finished the series And I m starting WHATTTT HOW DID I NOT MARK THIS MAGNIFICENT CREATION OF A NOVEL AS READ BEFORE I read this book 2 years ago and it has captured my heart and is my favorite book of all time 3 Ok first off there are going to be minor spoilershints in this reviewread at your own risk although I ll try not to reveal too muchOutlander is a damn good book Sure the book has a blue fake leather cover costs four bucks and screams spinning rack at the airport bookstore I approached the text with suspicion but found myself invested in the language and storyline within the first hundred ages Here s whyTEN GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUTLANDER1 The characterizations of Jamie and Claire along with a few other less important figures are stellar Ms G goes out of her way to create rich deep Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I personalities If you thought Jamie was only going to be a caricature of romantic manhood you d be wrong If you thought Claire was going to be alucky damsel in distress you re wrong2 As I ve said before Ms G did her research Her sense of detail whether discussing Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt plants or historical elements intrinsic to thelant is admirable3 There are a few truly funny Twisted Pathways passages in the book Claire s interactions with men who try to tell her what to do and her sharp tongue are often uite entertaining4 There are a few very um stimulatingarts in Outlander You know what I mean those of you who have the reached the cave scene and a few others earlier in the book5 Ms G displays strong insight in trust and relationships The fights between Claire and Jamie seem real and at times harrowing Jamie s recovery near the end of the and Jamie seem real and at times harrowing Jamie s recovery near the end of the and his description of his trials are nothing short of terrifying She doesn t spare her reader or the characters tough uestions and emotional Die Powenzbande. Zoologie einer Familie pain Outlander is not an easy read6 Thelot moves uickly I found myself wanting to cheat and Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer: The Evolution of a $1M Web Designer page ahead to find out what was going to happen This book screams screenplay Why is it not a movie7 Ms G writes well I know that sounds trite but she structures her sentences intelligently and reading rarely dragged I knocked out 850ages in three busy weeks but looked forward to icking up the book after the house grew uiet8 John Randall and the witch can t remember her name Ginnie or something were both well drawn Randall in articular fascinated me Villains are usually less complicated than Mr Randall9 The time travel facet of the book as Kirk Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right pointed out is handled very well and not overused in a sensationalistic manner10 Outlander raises some fascinating ethical uestions I could see it as a good book club book Should Claire get married Did sheut herself in unreasonable danger and some of her friends in danger in turn What s up with Randall Those types of uestionsTHREE THINGS I THOUGHT OUTLANDER COULD DO BETTER1 The. Ten 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 live. .