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Outlander

Book rating: 03 Paperback Outlander

By (author) Diana Gabaldon

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 850 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 41mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0440212561
  • ISBN 13: 9780440212560
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 174

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, anda lover in another...In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war andreunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches aboulder 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 andraiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in sooninextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch.She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies thatmay threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, agallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love soabsolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...andbetween two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore ofScotland." "--Publishers Weekly" "Stunning!" "--Los Angeles Daily News" "It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions andderring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroineplopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun ...marvelous andfantastic adventures, romance, sex ...perfect escape reading!" "--San Francisco Chronicle"

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Diana Gabaldon is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels--"Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes" (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), "An Echo in the Bone, " and "Written in My Own Heart's Blood"--as well as the related Lord John Grey books "Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, "and "The Scottish Prisoner; "one work of nonfiction, "The Outlandish Companion; "and the Outlander graphic novel "The Exile." She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband. "From the Hardcover edition."

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By Nada A. 25 Jun 2014 3

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is the first book in a series that is historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, action and adventure, and romance all rolled up into one book. I enjoyed the book for many reasons particularly a strong female lead character. Really, I enjoyed all aspects of the book except for the graphic physical descriptions. Those I can do without.

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/06/outlander.html

*** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisher�??�?�¢??s giveaway ***

By Christina 30 Sep 2011 4

Hmm what can I say about Cross Stitch, or for others, The Outlander...
Even though it did take me a while to feel connected with the story and the characters, I love this book!

Diana Gabaldon has done a fantastic job at setting the scene in Scotland; I literally thought I was there among them, galloping on a horse beside them watching the story take place.

However, there were a few cringe-worthy moments, which at first I thought were unnecessary but then I realised that they just added to the context of the story; the way life was back in the 18th Century.
The story is written in Claire's point of view, a character that any female can relate to as you follow her journey back in time.
As for the best part, Jamie, what can you possibly say about him? He is a classic tortured hero, a man you instantly fall for in the first scene all the way to the end. The best part is, Jamie is not an unrealistic character, known to be just a brave handsome man who saves a damsel in distress; he has flaws (stubbornness) as well as a tortured past and on that matter a tortured future. He is not perfect, which is why when I was reading I felt for him and everything he has been through.

I could go on forever about Jamie, but I shall keep the rest for our imagination :)

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Praise for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels "Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading."--"San Francisco Chronicle"," " on "Outlander" " " "History comes deliciously alive on the page."--New York "Daily News"," on Outlander" "Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves."--"The Arizona Republic"," "on" Dragonfly in Amber" " " "Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer."--"Publishers Weekly"," "on "Voyager" " " "Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail."--"The Cincinnati Post"," "on "Drums of Autumn" " " "A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]."--CNN, on "The Fiery Cross" "The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters."--"Booklist"," " on "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" " " "Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect."--"People"," "on" Written in My Own Heart's Blood" "From the Hardcover edition."

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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 is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidding 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.

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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.