Reviewed by Joanne L.
Originally published in the early 1990’s, I was introduced to Gabaldon’s Outlander in 1998 and quickly bought all of the subsequent books. I am a fan! Rereading this book has been a summer treat. I easily read its 850 pages in a couple days.
The joy of reading this book is the author’s effectiveness as a storyteller. She has created characters who I want to meet taking action, getting into situations, and having experiences in which I am interested. And it is all set in one of my favorite areas of the world, the Scottish Highlands.
Claire, the main character, is an experienced field nurse fresh off the fields of France at the end of World War II. Jamie is a Scottish clansman with a penchant for nobility and trouble – and born some two hundred years before Claire. They meet when Claire stumbles through time from a circle of large stones near Inverness.
The era Claire and Jamie share is the period leading up to the return of Bonnie Prince Charlie to Scotland. The Scottish Clans are in regular contention with English soldiers, cattle-stealing is a semi-honorable pastime, one’s tartan declares one’s heritage, and the smell of peaty single malt saturates the evenings.
And, as it says on the cover of the 2009 Special Dell Mass Market Edition, “Within these pages …, you will find it all….history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling, voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul….”.
[amazonify]0385342462[/amazonify]Gabaldon has written six more books in this series – and a couple of other books highlighting other characters from the original series. I monitor her website to find out when I can get my next Claire and Jamie fix. If you are new to the series and get hooked, I envy you the hours of reading enjoyment that you have a head of you!
Joanne is an organization development and human resources professional with a business background living in Ohio. She has lived in Europe, Africa (including her Peace Corps service in South Africa), and arround the United States. She loves to plays volleyball, read, write, and has a cat named Ender.
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