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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 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

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The year is 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 i I gave up on this book because I was sustaining permanent 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 Frank started droning on and on about his ancestorsAnd Claire is a nurse which is a really good 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 people and you got sent to eighteenth century Scotland You d be totally screwedBut Claire s skills come in handy without seeming out of place 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 pretty 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 person 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 place 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 plenty 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 point 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 part 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 pain But apparently someone gave Diana Gabaldon the creepiest piece 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 rape 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 punched 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 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 444 pages in a row 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 need proof 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 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 of prison 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 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 woman plain 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 pillow 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 close uarters 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 put my hands on his shoulders he 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 he promises he ll hurry Jamie Not here I said suirming away and pushing my skirt down againAre ye tired Sassenach he asked with concern Dinna worry I won t take longnext page 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 page 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 pain 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 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

Diana Gabaldon å 7 Review

S a Sassenach an “outlander” in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten 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 post 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 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 the plot 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 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 male protagonist is I can promise 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


10 thoughts on “Outlander

  1. says:

    uick uestion if this book has a uarter of a million ratings and still maintains an average rating of 413 why the hell are the most popular revi

  2. says:

    I gave up on this book because I was sustaining permanent damage from reading it and I was afraid I'd start hittin

  3. says:

    A 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 Whore A A by Diana Gabaldon I love my husband but I'm

  4. says:

    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 pretty hotBack when I read this as a wee lass okay like three years ago there weren't uite as many interesting inte

  5. says:

    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 reading piles 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 pages just keep tur

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 “sp

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