Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Clair a nurse is with her husband in Scotland 1945. She time-travels back two hundred years. She finds herself surrounded with the fighting of Scottish clans, and the dealings of the 18 century life. She marries Jamie (husband #2) a Scottish Lord. Runs into her husbands (husband #1) ancestor, an English officer, (MAY HE ROT) who is a horrid man and a sadist among other things in my opinion. Clair and Jamie find themselves in trouble at every turn and poor Jamie sure has been through the grind!

At first I wasn't feeling the love story between Clair and Jamie. But it gradually grew on me. I'm not a big fan of time-travel fantasies. I did however enjoy this one. It was well written into the story. I like how clair wasn't going back and forth through time which drives me crazy to read.

There were lots of tedious details I felt that could have been left out. The story could have been shorten about two hundred pages as well. I did have some problems with the immoral content to the story. It was a hard pill to swallow. But I got through it. The graphic descriptions of Jamie's rape and torture was disturbing to my sensibilities. Something I could have done without.

Outlander is a remarkable book. But I must say....I have a love/hate relationship with this story.        

1 comment:

  1. This is no ordinary romance...Outlander goes above and beyond romance. Gabaldon's characters reach out and grab a person, you will either like them or hate them, but each character will leave his and her impression on you. James Fraser is the Hero in the book, and not your average "romantic" male. Diana Gabaldon portrayed him in a realistic way, from bodily functions to the typical male "Mmmphmmm!" Jamie is a man to fall in love with. I have to be honest and say that I did not like Claire, BUT it is a sign of Diana's flair for writing, she brings life into the characters. I highly recommend this book if you like time travel, romance, humor, and Scotland.