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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ami Johnson, January 8, 2013

This eloquently told story of love, honor, and war in 18th Century Scotland was indeed gripping and I could not put it down, as well as the rest of the books in the series that followed. Although it contain elements that I would normally never be drawn to, such as time-travel, the story is so beautifully written as to allow the reader to completely suspend disbelief, to such a point that you are left thinking how utterly possible every riveting detail in this novel could be. Diana Gabaldon describes, in exquisite detail, what life was in war-torn Scotland. She does such an excellent job of this that you are completely transported back in time. You can almost smell the scents, taste the food, and hear the sounds. What makes this book even better is that these elements are brought to life for you through the eyes of a 20th Century woman. I would also add that, while being a novel of fiction, Diana goes to great lengths to ensure that nearly all aspects of this time remain historically accurate. As a lover of Historical Fiction I find nothing more distracting in a book than the creation of falsehoods that do nothing to add to the story.

My one, and only, complaint is that the author, at times, goes into such great detail as to become somewhat tedious. It is my understanding that all of her novels are self-edited, and I am of the opinion that this can be a double-edged sword. On one hand you get the complete vision of the writer, but on the other hand there are times when the writer is so invested in the characters and story that you find extraneous details that do nothing to either add to the plot or develop a more clear vision of the characters. That being said, this is one of those books that has become to me much like a warm comfortable blanket. You just want to enfold yourself in it and escape from the world for a bit, and you find yourself retreating into this wonderful book on more than one occasion.
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