By Diana Gabaldon
(Delta, Paperback, 9780385319959, 672pp.)
Publication Date: July 17, 2001
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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.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former 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 border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly 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"
"From the Hardcover edition.
- Fantasy, the paranormal, the supernatural . . . If we as readers are willing to suspend our disbelief (to use Coleridge’s phrase), narratives that make demands on our credulity require a very trustworthy narrator. What qualities does Claire possess that make us willing to believe her tale? Are there aspects of Claire’s personality with which you can personally identify? Can you think of other narrators whose credibility is the key to a reader’s acceptance of an otherwise unacceptably implausible story?
"Marvelously entertaining ... A page-turner of the highest order and a good read from start to finish."—Chattanooga Times
"Absorbing and heartwarming ... Lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland."—Publishers Weekly
"Gabaldon is a born storyteller."—Los Angeles Daily News