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Outlander (1991)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Series: Outlander (1)

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20,797924150 (4.19)2 / 1217
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.
  1. 204
    Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati (pollywannabook)
    pollywannabook: The closest thing to Outlander out there. Diana Gabaldon even lent out the character of Claire for a cameo in this book
  2. 111
    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (Iudita)
  3. 73
    Timeline by Michael Crichton (leahsimone)
  4. 40
    The River of No Return: a Novel by Bee Ridgway (redheadedali)
  5. 40
    The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier (aynar)
    aynar: Much better example of time travel.
  6. 118
    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Anonymous user, SunnySD)
  7. 30
    Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart (LiddyGally)
    LiddyGally: I recommend this book because the writing styles are in a similar vein rather than the stories being the same. Both, however, are set in the wilds of Scotland.
  8. 41
    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (littlebear514)
    littlebear514: Although the stories are COMPLETELY different; the writing is of the same quality and the stories are both deeply involved.
  9. 20
    Overseas by Beatriz Williams (becksdakex)
    becksdakex: Romance and time travel.
  10. 10
    The Song of Albion Collection: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot by Stephen Lawhead (charlie68)
    charlie68: A story about a trip farther into Britain's past.
  11. 10
    Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel by Margaret George (MissBrangwen)
  12. 10
    The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (jennyj271)
  13. 10
    The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Though Banks' novel is set in present day (and is considerably shorter), the love story with the gorgeous backdrop of Scotland was reminiscent of Gabaldon's series.
  14. 10
    Son of the Morning by Linda Howard (amyblue)
  15. 10
    The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll (infiniteletters)
  16. 00
    A Wee Guide to the Jacobites by Charles Sinclair (MissBrangwen)
  17. 00
    Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins (Joles)
  18. 11
    Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (Anonymous user)
  19. 00
    Waverley by Sir Walter Scott (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Classic novel set at the same time and place.
  20. 00
    Daughter of Time by Sarah Woodbury (Kaylinofhr)
    Kaylinofhr: The After Cilmeri Series reminds me a lot of the Outlander series.

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A binge worthy, historical, time traveling, romance that includes a strong, female, lead and a love that defies time. A well written, researched, and immersive read about family and the fight to survive during 1700's Scotland. ( )
  LibraryLeia | May 20, 2022 |
Edifying, exciting, enduring

It seems that everyone else knows about this series, and now I do too. Brilliant with wonderful characters and a breathless pace of adventure and romance. Diana Gabaldon weaves a magical story with a literacy and a conviction I hadn't realised was lacking in other books. Yes, I've bought the rest of the series. ( )
  SuzieEN | May 2, 2022 |
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.
  marshamcg | Apr 20, 2022 |
I picked up OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon, because I always enjoy a decent time travel story, and this book, and the series it spawned, are hugely popular. I was a little wary in that romance books and chick-lit are top of the list of genres I never go near. But Gabaldon’s books have a reputation as decent historical fiction as well as fantasy, so it had that going for it. OUTLANDER starts with a very basic trope of many time travel stories—the fish out of water—and then goes on to build a story from there. The story does have an interesting hook where a young English woman, Claire Randall, inadvertently tumbles through an unexplained time portal, and ends up in the Scotland of the 1740s. There she meets Jamie Fraser, a Scottish lad to whom she falls madly in love with, as they navigate the difficulties and challenges, both physical and political, of the 18th Century.

Gabaldon clearly did her research well, and her depiction of 18th Century Scotland rings true, not only with the hardships of everyday life, but its complex politics of clans and the crown, and a people not so happy under the rule of the English king. In Claire, Gabaldon has created a resourceful heroine who is able to think on her feet, and easy to root for as the book is told from her POV in the first person. I found it interesting that Gabaldon choose to set her main character in 1945, and to have been a nurse in the just concluded World War II, thus giving her healing skills that she can put to her advantage in the 1740s when leeches were still part of medical science. Also, by having Claire be a young woman of the mid 20th Century allowed the author to avoid the more feminist sensibilities a female time traveling character would have if they came from later in the 20th Century, not to mention the 21st. In this way, Gabaldon managed to side step a lot of conflict which would have taken the story in another direction. For the center of the story is the relationship between Claire and Jamie, who to Gabaldon’s credit, is not just another Incredible Hunk of so many chick-lit books there to sate the frustrated desires of the female protagonist. Where the author does fall down is that Claire seems to suffer very little of the cultural shock someone from the modern era would experience if they were suddenly stranded in a world without indoor plumbing and electricity—just think of the smell. Claire pretty much hits the ground running in 1743, and makes the best of it with remarkable ease. Of course, the heart of the appeal of this story is its feminine wish fulfillment: Claire is married to drab gentleman in 1945, but gets to go back in time, marry a handsome young man and have a passionate sex life without all the lingering guilt and ugliness of an adulterous affair.

The subject of sex, and how Gabaldon handles it, is for some, one of the more contentious aspects of OUTLANDER. There is the rape and attempted rape of one or more characters in the course of the book, not to mention the physical “chastisement” of a spouse for disobeying her husband and the corporal punishment of children. This, along with making sport of sexual assault and finding amusement at the antics of a suspected pedophile, have caused many readers to have big problems with OUTLANDER. Rape was an ugly aspect of life centuries ago, as it still is today, and the author made certain choices in how it would be dealt with in the pages of her novel that would not set well with some. In no way is rape condoned in this book, and its most graphic depiction, that of male rape, is truly horrifying, both in execution and aftermath. This act of physical and emotional violence is at the core of the book’s final arc where no one seemed notice how Gabaldon flipped the script in that she has the heroine come to the rescue of the hero. I have no problem with the way Gabaldon handled the sexual aspects of her story, and in no way do I want to be on the side of the virtuous prudes who want to dictate what authors can write and what adults can read. That said, this book is not for everyone, and they should know who they are.

At well more than 800 pages, OUTLANDER is a long read, and some parts move faster than others. Still, I found Claire and Jamie to be good company, and characters whose fates are easy to become invested in. I have DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, the second book in the series, on my bookshelf, and will definitely get around to reading it. ( )
  wb4ever1 | Apr 18, 2022 |
The book does have graphic sex both good and bad. It's not literature. But if you can accept that, the story and the series is addictive. See notes on the other books. ( )
  cynthia333 | Mar 31, 2022 |
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Een jonge, Engelse vrouw loopt kort na de Tweede Wereldoorlog tijdens een wandeling in de Schotse Hooglanden door een gespleten monoliet die deel uitmaakt van een magische cirkel. Hierdoor komt ze terecht in het turbulente Schotland van 1743 en trouwt om aan een wisse dood te ontsnappen een vogelvrij verklaarde Sejot. Beiden worden opgejaagd door een sadistische kapitein van de Engelse dragonders, maar kunnen na tal van avonturen en in het besef dat de loop van de geschiedenis veranderd kan worden, een nieuw bestaan opbouwen. Een fascinerende historische roman, waarin de auteur liefde, seks, romantiek, spanning en avontuur tot een boeiend geheel heeft samengevoegd. Goede tekening van de historische achtergrond. Een meeslepend verhaal.
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People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.
Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end of their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars.
Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations.
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It wasn't a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.
Prologue ------ People disappear all the time.
Life among academics had taught me that a well-expressed opinion is usually better than a badly expressed fact, so far as professional advancement goes
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Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.

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Traveling in time
Clare falls in love with Jamie
Must choose if she stays

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