#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.
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Praise for Outlander
“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Diana Gabaldon’s runaway bestseller is the first book in an epic adventure romance series that spans centuries. While on vacation in Scotland in 1945, spirited former British Army nurse Claire Randall stumbles upon a stitch in time that leaves her stranded in the 18th century—among powerful highland clan leaders and merciless British Dragoons. Delving deeply into Scotland’s rich cultural history with colorful accounts of bygone martial arts, herbal medicines and local folklore, Gabaldon brings a startling realism to Claire’s action-packed journey. With raw emotion, tender humanity, humor, and fascinating historical detail, Outlander—now a TV series—explores perennial themes of love, honor, and loyalty.
Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine. English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan ``Black Jack'' Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frnak and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie. Claire's resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward. Doubleday Book Club main selection, Literary Guild alternate.
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I love historical fiction, especially anything involving British history (don't even ask how many times I've read Pillars of the Earth). After hearing such exalted reviews about this series from so many friends I finally tucked into Outlander with great expectations. I was curious to discover the author's insights into the challenges Claire might have faced in adapting to a world without the things we consider basic necessities in the 21st century, but this book isn't about that. It's simply a series of outrageous predicaments of the characters' own making that perhaps Gabaldon was hoping would provide that page-turning, addictive reading experience. It would have been so much more satisfying to feel a bit of Claire's and Jamie's humanity along with their heroics. However, where Claire encounters challenges she seems to skip blithely past them, adapting with superhuman flexibility and cheery acceptance of her new circumstances. Her paramour comes across as a bit too perfect a hero, one who can be presumed dead in one moment (so much so that Claire, the nurse, is compelled to take his pulse) then minutes later come to life with a humorous quip about his condition. He is infinitely understanding, gallant and chivalrous, unconditionally loving and forgiving, capable of withstanding horrendous abuse, torture and physical harm only to heal himself into a state more robust than before, Jamie is more like the love interest in a bodice-ripper than a flesh-and-blood man with flaws and issues. Without deeper insight into who these people are and what makes them tick, they just frustrated me. I want to feel like I know the characters in a book, there needs to be something, a spark of familiarity that draws sympathy and compels me to care what happens to them. But I felt like I was reading an elaborately constructed Marvel comic book. I'm really disappointed. I was looking forward to reading the whole series but I think I'll be stopping after book one.
This is not a plot synopsis, just an encouragement to treat yourself. I am not sure why this book is in the romance category...for though it does have romance, it is NOT a trashy smut book. It is just a wonderful slice of fiction, maybe more correctly historical fiction. I have recommended this series more times than I can count, and have been profusely thanked every time.
You will fall in love with Jamie and Claire, the clans of Scotland, and the fantastic way Diana makes you feel as though you are actually there witnessing it all. I envy the journey you are about to take. Enjoy!
If I was stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one book I would take this one!! It is so well written, and kept me turning the page even when I was dead tired. They're a bit lengthy, especially if you're like me and have read almost the entire series, but so worth it if you have time or read the series over a length of time! Definitely a historical fiction novel and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading it; and rereading it too!! I fell in love with the characters especially Jamie and Claire, DUH! Who couldn't?!?!? Also, out of everything I've seen or read, Jack Randall is the only character I have EVER hated with a passion!!!! He can die....you know it's a really good book when you don't like (hate in my case) or really feel a connection with the characters!! I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as i have! :)