Review: Outlander

Outlander_coverTitle: Outlander (Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Dell
Release Date:  July 26th 2005
Genre/Age Group: Historical Fiction, Adult
Source: local library
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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.

Mrs. Gabaldon accomplished with this book something that is just beyond me. However you look at it, Outlander is a brilliant piece. Gripping, controversial, well-written, authentic, tough. We are thrown into a world where everyone is either called lass, lad or a witch, world of raw scottish humor, violence, lot of injustice and sex.

It could’ve worked without about 300 pages, and Mrs. Gabaldon could still deliver us the full plot though. Anyway, for me, this book is the best-written book I’ve read so far. Despite its enormous length and the fact that I’ve never read a book this long before. The carefulness with which the words were laid on the page is amazing. The beginning was a bit boring, but after that it moved at a great pace and the detailing was lovely and vivid. I enjoyed reading it very much and sometimes I would re-read a part just because I wanted to.  The time travel aspect doesn’t play a huge role in this, and so the closest this book gets to any genre is historical romance. I loved the portrayal of love that this book presented to us. Especially Claire’s more recent relationship, how it began to work in the first place and how it evolved amazes me. With the deadly obstacles in the way and how such a young couple could work their way through it.

There were some controversial parts in this book. Domestic violence, Claire reasoning her sins, injustice. I wanted to read about raw reality for a change, a book without sugar-coating, and I got it with this one. Pink, polished perfection isn’t nearly as fascinating to read as this book.

I was a bit skeptical before reading this and I thought it’s going to be some sweet romance, but there is bloodshed and violence and the relationships are also pretty hardcore sometimes. It surprised me and in a good way.

There’s a TV show based on Outlander that premieres in August on Starz TV, don’t miss it!

I give this book 4.5 cookies

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