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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

Published: 1992-06-02
Mass Market Paperback : 850 pages
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES

Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the ...
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES

Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
 
One of the top ten best-loved novels in America, as seen on PBS’s The Great American Read!
 
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just 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 circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
 
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
 
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

Editorial Review

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape

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Suggested by Members

How would you feel if you were thrown back in time abruptly?
How well could you adapt to the primitive (in your mind) conditions?
How much do you know about history that could help you if you were to find yourself almost 200 years before your own time?
by KarenC (see profile) 01/16/10

If you could travel in time, what time period would you travel to?
Would you stand up and go against "political correctness" of the time that you are in to protest the treatment of others? ie punishment
What is it about this book that defies classification?
by missyjohnson (see profile) 07/17/09

Examine Claire's marriage to Frank. To Jamie. How does this book deal with marriage, sex, romance, infidelity?
What era would you travel back to if you could? Would the men from that era appeal to you? How would you deal with them differently or they with you?
What genre does this book belong to?
by holland (see profile) 07/11/09

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by TPAYNE22 (see profile) 06/21/19
I have wanted to read this book for awhile but the was intimidated due to the how long it was. So i finally decide to just listen to it, and what a good choice that was. Davina porter does an amazing job of narrating this novel, with voice changes that help you recognize each character. Outlanders story is also amazing it didn't take long for it to have me looked in. Now i just hope the TV show is as good as the book.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 11/04/19

We were completely split- half gave it an A and half gave it a C.

 
by arlene1972 (see profile) 10/29/19

 
  "YES read it"by TPAYNE22 (see profile) 06/21/19

I have wanted to read this book for awhile but the was intimidated due to the how long it was. So i finally decide to just listen to it, and what a good choice that was.
Davina porter does
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