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The Outlander (P.S.)


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arrowheadmac, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by arrowheadmac)
The Outlander is an outstanding novel and a superb read.
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shalalth5, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by shalalth5)
a book to be shared well into the night, for as long as it takes to come out of the wilderness and then find your way back in again.
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Anne Bahringer, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Anne Bahringer)
It reads like poetry in prose. Beautiful, thoughtful, and engaging. Transporting, mysterious and cold.
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cariola119, November 29, 2009 (view all comments by cariola119)
Overall, I enjoyed this novel about a young woman on the run in the Canadian wilderness, ca. 1903. Never quite fitting into the accepted role for women of her day, the heroine, Mary Boulton, comes into her own, finding strengths and desires that she never knew she had as she flees from the avenging brothers of the husband she murdered. Along the way, she meets a series of fascinating characters. The Outlander is not quite a western and certainly not a murder mystery; it's more of a wilderness adventure and the story of a woman discovering herself.

Adamson, also a poet, has the ability to put us inside her heroine's mind, and her descriptions are vivid and highly sensory. My only quibble is that I wish she hadn't continued to call Mary "the widow" throughout the entire novel. We get the irony; if you give your character a name, use it! (Especially when "the widow" is not how Mary would identify herself, nor does anyone else label her "the widow" once she changes from her mourning weeds, which happens early in the novel.)
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MarcusHorne, July 31, 2009 (view all comments by MarcusHorne)
In 1903, nineteen years old Mary Boulton calmly grabs her husband's rifle and fires killing him. The widow knows she cannot hang around not because she fears the law, but her abusive brother in laws would enact vengeance in their vicious style.

Mary flees across wintry isolated Idaho and Montana while knowing in her composed gut they pursue her. On her trek, she reflects on her unhappy but thankfully short marriage exacerbated by the dead child. As her deep depression enables her to remain eerily unruffled, she meets people along the way. First there is the Frontiersman who admits creeping civilization makes him depressingly feel like an anachronism; then there is the Reverend who treats her like an adored daughter. There are others some not as kind towards the itinerant female especially after a mining disaster that the locals feel she caused by being there. However, the worst is coming as the brothers are nearing and the Reverend wants to change their relationship to that of more of equal partners.

An allegory of a way of life that seems all but vanished, THE OUTLANDER is an excellent historical thriller starring a strong support cast, a spirited lead female, and a vivid picturesque setting. Readers anticipate High Noon is coming, but it is the trip to the final showdown that makes for a deep look at early twentieth century America in a remote part of the northwest.
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A Novel
Adamson, Gil
Harper Perennial
Adventure fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade PB
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7.92x5.46x.97 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061491344 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The Outlander by Gil Adamson is a wondrous vacation for your mind. With its eccentric characters and luminous prose, this novel is a romping escapade of big fun.

"Staff Pick" by ,

The Outlander is a rare novel. Its beautifully breathless language seduces your attention to the smallest detail. From the first sentence you find yourself running, running with a woman you've just met, for reasons unclear, from pursuers unknown. Yet you don't stop running, nor does she. She runs, in fear and confusion, across fields and up mountainsides, in her mind and through her dubious memory. The frenetic pace carries you through the story and uncovers a world of survival and isolation, brutality, freedom, and love, and introduces you to an extraordinary cast of reprobates, rugged outsiders, and a pair of unusually large, red-headed twins. So incredible is Adamson's description of this journey, I believe The Outlander will be my number one pick for years to come.

"Review" by , "A remarkable first novel, full of verve, beautifully written, and with all the panache of a great adventure."
"Review" by , "Adamson's debut work is simply enough, a superb novel....The frayed material of the North American west is rendered in an astoundingly fresh light....[A] condition only occasioned by first rate fiction"
"Review" by , "The Outlander deserves to be read twice, first for the plot and the complex characters, which make this a page-turner of the highest order, and then a second time, slowly, to savor the marvel of Gil Adamson's writing. This novel is a true wonder."
"Review" by , "Enriched by vivid language that reflects Adamson's background as a poet, Outlander is a riveting tale of a woman's thirst for freedom. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "A lovingly crafted novel."
"Review" by , "Authentic historical details, a strong female character running for her life, and a murder-driven plot will appeal to fiction readers....Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "A remarkable first novel, full of verve, beautifully written, and with all the panache of a great adventure."
"Review" by , "The slow unfolding of story and character coupled with lyrical descriptions of the terrain, an occasional touch of bizarre humor, and a multitude of well-chosen historical details will appeal to readers of literary writing as well as historical-fiction fans."
"Review" by , "This remarkable novel opens at full gallop and never slows. Adamson has seamlessly merged a compelling narrative with poetic language to create a work that is full of beauty and heart and wonder."
"Synopsis" by , In 1903 Mary Boulton flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, she has just become a widow — and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive instinct for survival at any cost, she retreats ever deeper into the wilderness — and into the wilds of her own mind.
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