They even kind of cracked me up, because I have friends who love genealogy and their husbands always get that look when they start talking about it and that's exactly how I imagined Claire looking when her husband Frank started droning on and on about his ancestors. A woman who's a dab hand at healing is always welcome in Olden Tymes, so Claire is able to land on her feet and kind of get a job once she figures out what happened to her and comes to terms with it. Which is when the book started to lose me. Claire just settles in and starts being the resident nurse at a castle. Really, this book would have worked fine for me if it hadn't been for what everybody else seems to love about it, which is the Romantic Interest. They aren't in love when they get married and so the whole point of the book is to watch their relationship develop, while Claire struggles with guilt and fear and thoughts of how her real husband must be worrying about her and how the heck does time-travel work in this book and WHY IS SHE JUST ASSUMING THAT TIME IS GOING BY IN THE FUTURE AT THE SAME RATE IT IS FOR HER? Well, if you're working on your first novel and you don't know what to have happen next, just throw in some rape! Works like a charm!" She follows this advice to the letter, and I'm sorry but I have to go home now. I almost punched the book right in the face, but as I said, it's a friend's copy so I had to be nice. I started fantasizing about this book getting stuck in the elevator of a burning building, but I was able to hold on and keep going. Marital rape. Do NOT tell me I didn't give this book a fair chance. (Assuming you have any emotional response at all, which you won't if you're Claire.) Jamie tells Claire about his sister Jenny being raped by a dastardly redcoat. Claire's response? It must have been terrible for you." It is terrible for Jamie to have his sister "dishonor herself wi' such scum." (Nice.) So terrible that he can't bring himself to go back home to her when he gets out of prison, and "see her again, after what happened." She's impregnated by the rape. Because, you know, "what could I say?" Claire's response? Rape can lead to comically inaccurate ideas about how people do "the nasty!" After Jamie and Claire consummate their marriage, Jamie confesses that he "didna realize that ye did it face to face. I thought ye must do it the back way, like; like horses, ye know." Claire tries to keep a straight face as she asks him why on earth he thought that. But that...well, it was a rape, was what it was, and he took her from the back. It made some impression on me, and as I say, it's just the idea stuck." So of course Claire flips out and asks him what the heck that was all about. Because a story about rape out in the open is just the kind of pillow talk a woman wants to hear when she's relaxing after a nice bout of bigamy. I mentioned I loved this book, right? 3. Nearly getting raped turns you on for Mr. Right! Claire is nearly raped, but manages to kill her assailant. It'd be like if you were white and your husband called you his little gringo.
If you enjoy a book, click "like" on the good reviews as well. That's what people see first when they look for reviews on Goodreads...the ones with the most popularity, or "likes". Sad that this amazing book's two most populare (and therefore most visible) reviews are not in keeping with most people's thoughts. She and her husband are visiting Scotland and soaking up the history while indulging in some much needed time alone. (The modern witches at the stone circle...spooky and oh, such a good mood setter!!!) Claire returns to the circle later. The tallest stone of the circle was cleft, with a vertical split dividing the two massive pieces..." Without warning, and for no apparent reason, Claire is whisked back to the year 1743. I had heard that a lot of people didn't like Claire at first. This was a fascinating look into what it must have been like for a woman back in those times. Imagine what it would be like to go back to these times, knowing what we know now, remembering what took place in history, and being scared to death to be female. Thank goodness Claire stumbled upon Jamie.
How To Commit Adultery Without Being a Cheap Slutty Whore: A Q&A by Diana Gabaldon Q: I love my husband but I'm feeling kind of restless. A: If you go back in time, your husband hasn't been born yet. So you aren't married! A: Okay, let me lay it out for you: You're really hot for this sexy warrior barbarian guy, right? Edit 1: Someone in the comments said I should copy this into the review, so here you go: Plot Summary Claire: I love my husband! I love sex! Frank: But it's okay if you have sex with someone else, in certain circumstances. The Anti-Frank: Ooooh, I think I will rape you. Here, meet Jamie and his manly manhood. Jamie: Och, aye, I'm a tough laddie. And I'm going to kill the Anti-Frank for beating the shit outta of me and raping my sister. Dougal: Ye have to marry the laddie to get away from the Anti-Frank. Oooh, but I love sticking my manhood in ye. Claire: I should get back to Frank, I think I will take this opportunity to run away... And then I'm going to tell her about how me Da beat me and how much I liked it. Claire: Okay! Claire: Okay! The Anti-Frank: I too long for your manhood. Claire: We must rescue Jamie! Jamie: OCH! Jamie: Och, aye lassie, I feel much better now.
It is a double sin I will likely have to one day repent for by reading piles of Dostoyevsky while I tear out my hair. This book is incredibly long. And I must admit that usually I hate time travel romances (... It's not just about the romance. Which is in some cases I think a direct indictment of the Scottish Highlander bodice-rippers in which everyone is shining and perfect and with awfully clean white teeth. I'd say this is more historical fiction than romance. But fine, let's deal with the romance.
I remember my friend in college ( 1992ish ) coming out of her room holding a book to her chest and saying " YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK". She said it was a time-travel, romance book set in post world war II Scotland and mid 18th century Scotland. If you've ever read a book and literally gotten so sucked in that you can't possibly read fast enough, then you know what I'm talking about.....Oh, and Jamie Fraser is a God!
Back when I read this as a wee lass (okay, like, three years ago), there weren't quite as many interesting interpretations of the novel going on. And I'm starting to think that it's likely I never will. So I will spoil that one thing for you if you like (it's not a major spoiler)... (view spoiler)there is one scene of domestic violence where Jamie beats Claire with a belt. But I was able to forgive Jamie when viewing the incident within the historical context.
(Ok, first off, there are going to be minor spoilers/hints in this reviewread at your own risk, although Ill try not to reveal too much.) Outlander is a damn good book. Sure, the book has a blue fake leather cover, costs four bucks, and screams spinning rack at the airport bookstore. Heres why: TEN GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUTLANDER 1.The characterizations of Jamie and Claire, along with a few other less important figures, are stellar. If you thought Claire was going to be a plucky damsel in distress, youre wrong. You know what I mean, those of you who have the reached the cave scene and a few others earlier in the book. The fights between Claire and Jamie seem real and at times harrowing. 10.Outlander raises some fascinating ethical questions. THREE THINGS I THOUGHT OUTLANDER COULD DO BETTER 1.There were times when I felt Ms. G. You know when youre watching a movie and you can tell some plot points arent going to get resolved until the next one? Outlander really could have been two books. I swear, and I think Ive said this before, market this book differently and youve got a respected hit on your hands rather than a less-respected novel that sold a zillion copies but appears to be of lesser quality than it is (thanks, fake leather cover!).
Oh yes, and - Did you know she has a spitfire personality, but everybody likes her in spite of that, well not the women, but then, they're either jealous or uptight or both...?) is by some zing of the time-space continuum catapulted back to the Scotland of yore, without her husband (goodlooking, sensitive, a savant), but never mind, she finds some replacement in her husband's *evil* ancestor (looks just like him), who's just as much into Claire, but unfortunately lacks the morals to please and guts to take it up with Ms. Spitfire. This proves to be helpful in forgetting husband#1, handy, since soon Claire arouses the ardour of a young, proud and good-looking Scotsman, Jamie, who, if a bit on the simple side, is as true as gold, not to mention built like....well yes... Note: The *good* never have extra-marital sex in this book, that's for the evil and sluggish. In the following, this sacrament is bestowed upon darling Claire with unnerving frequency, about every two pages, but it only gets really colourful if preceded by conjugal beating - Claire did something bad, Claire has to be punished, yes, she herself aknowledges this in the end, or attempts of strangers (or *evil* husband) to rape her. Yes, and of course, after Jamie has de facto been raped and tortured by *evil* husband.