Published July 26th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1991)
627 pages |
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.
Book Review: 1/2
Every now and again you come across a book that you just have to stop and stare at once completing it. And the only question that runs through your mind at that point of awkward staring at a paper bound novel is ‘Where have you been all of my life?’
Yes of course I must admit that my unyielding love for this book was derived from my current obsession with the TV series, but who can really blame me when there are men out in the world that look like this ~
and there are women that write so richly and blisteringly brilliant as Gabaldon. To put a word to the feelings I have about this book (and what I am hoping remains throughout the rest of the series..which I plan to marathon instead of writing my essays for university) is blissful. Engaged in the pages of this time-travelling masterpiece you feel as though you have stepped through those rocks with Claire and are frankly rather disappointed when you have to stop your reading to complete mundane human activities such as eating.
I’m not going to tell you what it is about, that is what synopsis’s are for and there is a thumping good one just above provided by good ole goodreads. And in all honesty don’t even read it. Just let yourself be sucked into this historical romance of heart thumping and tear jerking adventure. Gabaldon has created such intensely realistic characters with prose that leave you re-reading and imprinting them to mind. I think my whole book has been tabbed with her brilliance at crafting a sentence, an homage to her brain if you will.
It is marvellous, it is complex, you will swoon at the breathtaking imagery of the highlands and your soul will possible weep a little at the crushing reality that this world is fictional.
I’m packing my bags and moving to Scotland.