- Taschenbuch: 896 Seiten
- Verlag: Dell; Auflage: Reissue (2. Juni 1992)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0440212561
- ISBN-13: 978-0440212560
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3,6 x 17,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 702 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 17.029 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Outlander: A Novel (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Juni 1992
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In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.
I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape
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
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It seems like the second installment of a series is always the most slow and boring, I have felt that with almost every series I have read and this is no different. It’s almost like the author doesn’t know where or how to begin explaining things until about Book III or toward the end of Book II. In Book II of the Outlander series, I felt like there was A LOT of Scottish history and political background in the novel. It was hard to keep everything straight and keep all the historic figures, period, and politics in order.
There were a lot of stories and sub plots happening and personally, I am not a Highlands scholar/historian/enthusiast by ANY means so I struggled to keep up with what was going on. I just really wanted to know what was going on with the main characters and didn’t care for all the sub plotting and history lessons though I know it was necessary to enrich the story and series.
Without the historic background though there was really no other way of explaining how or why Claire went back to her time at the end and clearly Gabaldon knows not EVERYONE is as into Scottish history as herself so she thought it necessary to give us all some background–which was helpful but still frustrating.
I literally felt like SO much happened in the story by the end that I felt like I just read two books! It was long and detailed and FULL of action, history, romance, genealogy/ancestry, and tons of character developing sub plots/stories. Besides this though, I was bothered by a couple of other things as well.
I was really bugged by Claire’s betrayal of Jamie by having sex with the King. I know–it wasn’t like she had a whole lot of other options and yes Jamie didn’t hold it against her and no she didn’t enjoy it but still I felt like it was all wrong for her character in some ways. The circumstance fit and all with the time period etc and wasn’t totally off base for Claire but for me I just felt like that was SO wrong on her part to give up the only thing her and Jamie still had after the loss of the baby–trust.
When they do talk about it, Claire admits she was upset with Jamie and felt like he broke the trust first by dueling with Randall and Jamie forgives her as he knows she had no choice but still….to me it was the ultimate betrayal. I felt like her having sex with the King will somehow always be something there in the back of both their minds….never able to fully trust or forgive each other in some ways.
The other thing that bothered me was how Gabaldon tried to redeem Randall in some way. For me, what Randall did, not just to Jamie but to others as well, was entirely unforgivable. Gabaldon does try and show that he has feelings and to some degree isn’t ALL bad when he enlists Claire’s help to nurse his brother–even Claire admits in spite of everything, Randall is a ‘gentleman’. He keeps his word to Claire and tries to help her and Jamie by leaking military information to them and then saves his brother’s lovers reputation by marrying her. Claire realizes/acknowledges (though she doesn’t ever really admit it openly) that Randall is somewhat like Frank. Certainly he looks like Frank but she always said his mannerisms were NOT Frank–but once she decides to help him, she sees in some ways he is like Frank….honorable as his word if nothing else.
What the mind sees it believes. When Claire sees Randall, he looks like Frank but doesn’t act like Frank…..but from time to time he does something that reminds her of Frank and because they look alike she struggles to separate dream from reality. It would be easier to hate Randall if he didn’t look so much like a man she once loved.
As was the case in Book I one thing that I liked most about Book II was the richness of its characters. Book I has a lot of philosophical insight that the characters and language highlighted throughout the story and this was no different. For example one of my favourite scenes in Book II was when Claire meets the Fraser clan ‘seer’ (Maisri) in an chapel while visiting Jamie’s family. Claire and Maisri talk about the ‘curse’ of knowing the future and whether or not Maisri should tell Lord Lovat (Jamie’s grandfather) his future/fate:
‘Did ye ever think perhaps that it’s no your own fate at all that makes you what ye are? That maybe ye have the Sight or the power only because it’s necessary to someone else, and it’s nothing to do wi’ you at all– except that it’s you who has it and has to suffer the having of it’ …Doom or save. That I cannot do. For I have no power beyond that of knowledge, no ability to bend others to my will, no way to stop them doing what they will. There is only me.
Another one of my favourite passages from the book is in the final chapters when Roger Wakefield and Claire are discussing Claire’s ‘history’ and ‘past’….musing over something one of her 1700’s friends once told her about life and one’s essence:
‘…it’s only the essence of a thing that counts. Then time strips everything else away, it’s only the hardness of the bone that’s left’
One of the things I like best about literature are the books that make you think and make you ponder things you wouldn’t normally think of or ponder. Like this for example…what would you do if you could change history or the future? What if we COULD time travel? What then? I think the language and the philosophical musings in this series do a lot to encourage this kind of personal meditation and reflection which for me stretches the imagination increasing the pleasure one gets from reading.
There is also a fair amount of romantic, lyrical passages/poems/quotes in the book aside from the imaginative reflections. One of my favs comes from a poem given to Claire by one of Jamie’s dearest friends on their wedding day….a love poem– in Gaelic which Gabaldon translates for the reader thankfully–Jamie had the Gaelic quote inscribed on the inside of Claire’s wedding ring:
‘…da mi basia mille…’ Then let amorous kisses dwell on our lips begin and tell a thousand and a hundred score a hundred and a thousand more’
The inscription ‘da mi basia mille’ means ‘a hundred and a thousand more’.
Now that I am done with Book II, I absolutely MUST continue on with the series…though they are long (each book is about 800-900 pages) but I simply cannot move on to something else until I know what happens next.
Ergo: Ich finde diese Ausgabe ist einfach die schönste von allen! Ich kann sie vollkommen empfehlen!
I am happy to report that this book falls most comfortably in the historical fiction genre. And boy, do I feel redeemed. I was pretty leery about reading it when I heard it is often shelved in the romance aisle of bookstores. This, of course, made for an eventful purchase. First, I searched the fiction section in my used bookstore with my fingers crossed – no to avail. But as I am intested in epics about Scotland I gave it a try. And finally bought it when it came out first time around in 1991 - I purchased the English originals over Amazon to have the first 4 books of the series together, back in 91 I read them in German and I was hooked on very soon.
It does have some, shall I say, steamy scenes, but on the whole, it reminded me of Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, Follett’s Pillars of the Earth, and Winsor's Forever Amber. And let me throw in there that when you exclude the concept of time travel (which is only lightly used), the book is emphatically not science fiction.
It is a very enjoyable, fast, obsessive read. I love the setting in Scotland during the 1700s. The characters have such magnetism and complexity – Jamie in particular. The relationship between Claire and Jamie is so robust and intense! I specifically think their fight scenes are fantastically written. And in the end, my emotions were really caught up in their story.
I do have some quibbles: Claire’s easy acceptance of the fact that she just time travelled, the rarity of her reminiscences about her 1940s life (and husband), the numerous scenes where rape is contemplated, attempted or executed, that Jamie is constantly getting the crap beaten out of him (voluntarily or otherwise), the cliché witch accusations, the over-the-top wickedness (and then incongruous tenderness) of the main villain, the sudden insertion of religion at the end, and the bizarre exorcism scene. And on a different vein, the style of writing is good, but certainly not exceptional.
That being said, the overall story is so great and intentionally epic that I would often gladly overlook the deficiencies. Even more often, I just shrugged my shoulders, dived in and enjoyed the heightened drama, self-indulgence, perspective, or just flat-out weirdness.
Surprisingly, those steamy scenes do not offend me. They are not as graphic as some reviewers indicated. Yes, these scenes are everywhere and, once again, very steamy. Yet they are good fun and, more importantly, reinforce Claire and Jamie’s relationship rather than define it.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to historical fiction readers.
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