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Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)
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Book Description

5 July 2011 Outlander
Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. In celebration of the series that has captured the heart of millions, here is a special 20th anniversary edition of the novel that started it all—including a new essay, a new map, a CD with Outlander the musical, and more.
 
OUTLANDER
 
The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 20 Har/Com edition (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440423201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423201
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.1 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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"Stunning" (Los Angeles Daily News)

"Unusual and compelling" (Library Journal)

"'Scotland's answer to Game of Thrones'" (The Herald) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES - soon to be a major new TV series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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117 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Desert Island Book .... 27 April 2007
By M. Lugg
Format:Paperback
If I could have only one book Cross Stitch would be it. I stumbled across this book a few years ago and was totally blown away. Since then I have read all of the books in this series a few times (I am not the sort of person who usually re-reads books) they are just amazing - plus, I am in love with Jamie!

If you have not read any of Diana Gabaldon's books then you are missing out on a real treat but I would suggest that you read them in order, starting with Cross Stitch then Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and finally, A Breath of Snow on Ashes. They are all wonderful books and can be read out of order (especially the first four which I think are the best) but I think you get so much more understanding of Claire, Jamie & Co if read in order.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything I've ever read before... 17 Feb 2010
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
To put it quite simply, I caved and bought this book second hand from Amazon as a Christmas gift to myself after seeing it recommended on so many discussion threads that it was actually getting annoying I'd not given it a try yet. Oh, I had my doubts: It's definitely *not* my usual genre of reading (time travel romance with vast reams of history thrown in), but I've thought that before about books and have been proven very wrong (cough cough, `Bronze Horseman' anyone?) Put bluntly, this is another `proved me wrong' book to add to that ever growing list, because this book was stunning.

Granted, it took me a few chapters to get into it and I *did* wonder if I'd made a mistake paying a whole 23p (plus postage!) for the copy... Ha. The beginning was quite slow and laced with gratuitous sex scenes of duller than dull history buff Frank and his wife- the stories heroine Claire, but by the time Claire stumbled accidentally back through time into Jacobite Scotland I actually found myself quite enjoying it after all.

Maybe it's to do with Gabaldon's depiction of all of the epic battles, the geography of the place and her fantastic writing- you really can imagine yourself falling back in time to crumbling castles or running through woods away from the Red Coats. Her sense of description is just astounding- other reviewers have complained about her research being inaccurate, but as I'm not an expert on Jacobite Scotland I just took the book for what it was- a really terrific read. Or maybe it's because I'd actually taken a chance on reading something different than usual and was surprised by the potential of this untapped genre.

Whatever the reason, I'm ordering the rest of the books from this epic saga and I can't wait to curl up and read them. I really must remember that in future when a book comes so highly commended, it's usually with good reason!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING PAGE TURNER... 17 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A lover of historical fiction, adventure books, and books with a time travel theme, I hesitated buying this book, despite the very intriguing sounding plot, because it was labeled as being a romance novel. Still, curiosity won the day, and am I ever glad that it did! This has got to be one of the most engrossing and highly entertaining novels that I have ever read. Surprisingly well written, I was hooked almost immediately.
The novel begins in the year 1945, and the plot revolves around the adventures of Claire Randall, an Englishwoman and combat nurse during World War II, who is reunited with her husband, Frank, after the war. While on a second honeymoon in Scotland, she visits a strange, flat topped hill in the highlands of Scotland, where a forbidding stone circle draws her. Touching one of the stones, she is hurled through a vortex in time and finds herself in eighteenth century Scotland.
There, she meets James Fraser, a brave and brawny Scotsman, and finds herself thrust into the midst of clan warfare and intrigue. Finding in James a soulmate, she falls passionately in love, but is conflicted because of the feelings she harbors for the husband she left behind. She goes on, however, to have enough adventures to last a lifetime. What happens to these star crossed lovers in eighteenth century Scotland is riveting.
The author is a master storyteller and her use of historical detail is superlative. Those who love well written, historical fiction will be delighted. The book tells a rip roaring good story and is a veritable page turner. This is the first in a now published series of five books. Having read each and every one, all I can say is...Bravo! I love each and every one of them!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the worst and most ridiculous books I have ever read! According to the BBC, this seven-book series has sold more than 20 million copies in the US. Plus of course, the series is being filmed - as a TV series - at the moment in Scotland. As a Scottish tourist guide and Scottish travel website writer, I realise the benefit this will have for Scottish tourism, but I am shocked at how bad this book is. I have tried to read it but it is laughable. Ms Gabaldon's attempt at a Scottish accent is ridiculous. ("Quartered Safe Out Here" by the excellent writer George Macdonald Fraser is a superb book that captures the Cumbrian accent brilliantly!) I find it ironic that members of the TV cast have learned Gaelic for some of their lines.. Ms Gabaldon also seems to think that everyone in Inverness ate herring morning, noon and night in 1945 and that respectable ladies rushed off to practice pagan rites at dawn. She dwells on the most insignificant - her plot is a total drag and her style over-wrought. How can you care about these unbelievable characters?! I can't go on reading it - it is a waste of my life. It just goes to show - you can write the most appalling book and it gets rave reviews and a TV series - oh well, we certainly don't live in a meritocracy - she sure got lucky.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, brilliant characters
Brilliant book, brilliant characters, got completely lost in the plot so could not put it down and am reading all the others. Cant believe I've not read them before.
Published 1 day ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Nice to get a female view on eroticism. Carefully researched Jacobite historical thru the eyes of a time-travelling 1940s English nurse.
Published 1 day ago by S. McHugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant! Can't put it down
Published 3 days ago by Sue Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can not wait to read the other books!
Published 4 days ago by Marlien Kirkwood
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best series ever
This is the best series ever. I have advised all my friends and family to read it.
Published 4 days ago by Janelle Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, loved the setting of the Highlands of ...
Fantastic book, loved the setting of the Highlands of Scotland> Thrilling, Romantic and adventure, what more could you want, read it in three days as I could not put it down.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to get totally lost in
Excellent
Published 7 days ago by Honor Brooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Gabaldon Outlander/Cross Stitch
I have had this in hardcopy form since it was first published over 20 years ago (well to be honest, my copy is about the 3rd because the others had fallen to pieces with the amount... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mary Meredith
1.0 out of 5 stars A word or two on Gaelic Highland Scotland, in ...
A word or two on truly understanding Gaelic language and culture.
Highland Scotland, in 1743, was a Gaelic world. This book attempts some Gaelic. Read more
Published 8 days ago by downunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - couldn't put it down
Excellent - couldn't put it down. Very much look forward to reading rest of the series!!
Published 9 days ago by Valerie Janaway
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