Friday, September 28, 2012

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I have such a love/hate relationship with this novel.  Fortunately, it was much more of a love. 

This historical detail....epic.  The characters....words cannot describe how rich the characters are and the connection Ms. Gabaldon brings to each one.  The emotion so deep....sadness, romance, happiness, greed, joy, anger, lust, passion, grief.  The issues....violence, rape, infertility, war, religion, injustice, homosexuality, witchcraft, murder. 

There are many reviews that state the violence is too much, however, I felt as though it was very true to the time period, and appreciated the authors commitment to the historical detail.

The first 250 pages was a bit slow and then BAM!   You become wrapped around the authors finger as she reels you in to digest each and every word. There are a few places that the plot drags throughout the book but soon you are once again smitten with the story unfolding before you.

If you love historical fiction you will LOVE this novel.  I look forward to continuing the saga with "Dragonfly in Amber".

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder 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 border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Her husband is two centuries away, she is related to her lover's mortal enemy, and her neighbors think she's a witch. In this unforgettable novel of time travel, Diana Gabaldon fuses wry, modern sensibility with the drama, passion, and violence of eighteenth century as she tells the story of one daring woman and the man who loves her.
RATING - 4 STARS  - I Loved It!!

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