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Outlander Book ↠ 850 pages ð Johnscyclingdiary ´ ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Outlander By Diana Gabaldon ➦ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk The year is 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in The year is Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles Suddenly she I gave up on this book because I was sustaining permanent damage from reading it and I was afraid I'd start hitting back And it's a borrowed copy so that wouldn't be coolIn fairness I should say there's a lot of good writing here I really enjoyed the beginning chapters 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 ancestorsAnd Claire is a nurse which is a really good transportable skill if you're going to be thrown back in time which it turns out Claire is Sorry Spoiler alert Can you imagine if you were one of those Nerds On Wheels computer repair people and you got sent to eighteenth century Scotland You'd be totally screwedBut Claire's skills come in handy without seeming out of place 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 itWhich is pretty much immediately Which is when the book started to lose me There's like no culture shock whatsoever She gets knocked back two hundred years or so She goes WHOA What the flimminy She starts being The Lady To Go To With Your Eighteenth Century Scottish Boo Boos That's it There are a few mentions of things like how shoes fit differently back then and anachronistic language but there's no sense of the kind of thing a person from the future would be startled by Not the food not the weird underwear nothing Claire just settles in and starts being the resident nurse at a castle She keeps half an eye out for a chance to get to the place that can take her back to the future but it has all the deep emotional urgency that I feel when I really should stop by the grocery store on the way home but it won't kill anybody if I go tomorrow instead Like whatevs Still there was plenty to keep me interested Like – leeches The stuff about leeches was cool And the info about healing herbs And that kid getting his ear hammered to a board because he was caught stealingReally 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 Which still would have been fine even with the whole SHE'S MARRIED ALREADY thingy But okay – let's say that she has to marry that guy 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 WHY I ASK YOUSorry I'm a minor league nerd and this part really bugged meSo what I just described would have been a book I could read and enjoy or at least read and not scream in pain But apparently someone gave Diana Gabaldon the creepiest piece of writing advice EVER and it was thisListen – you know how if you're cooking and you're worried it's not turning out very well just add bacon if it's savory and chocolate chips if it's sweet and everybody'll love it Well if you're working on your first novel and you don't know what to have happen next just throw in some rape Or attempted rape Works like a charmShe follows this advice to the letter and I'm sorry but I have to go home now I managed to read the she disobeys him so he beats her with his belt scene I almost punched the book right in the face but as I said it's a friend's copy so I had to be niceThen I managed to get through the she forgives him for the beating like the next freakin' day scene 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 Then there was the scene where Big Kilted Oaf – I mean Jamie – starts laughing about the whole beating thing and reminiscing about how hot she looked when he was holding her down beating the crap out of her and she forgives him for that too Like instantly And I'm all WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING HERE And still I staggered on Heaven only knows why And how did the author reward me for my perseverance What is this book all about What's the recurring literary themeRape Attempted rape More attempted rape Marital rape A little marital rape Conversations about rape GIGGLING during conversations about rape And I'm all I'M OUT OF HERE AND I DON'T CARE HOW MANY OF MY FRIENDS HATE MEI read 444 pages in a row plus I skimmed a lot of the rest of it including the creepiest rapiest Chekhov's gun I've ever seen fired Do NOT tell me I didn't give this book a fair chance I TOTALLY DIDIn case you need proof here's a list of all the things I learned about rape from Outlander1 It's a bummer for the woman involved but save your sympathy for her brother Assuming you have any emotional response at all which you won't if you're ClaireJamie tells Claire about his sister Jenny being raped by a dastardly redcoat He has a good chuckle talking about how Jenny punches and kicks her attacker She isn't able to hold him off forever though And Jamie gets flogged for trying to defend her Claire's response I'm sorry It must have been terrible for youIt 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 Left on her own both emotionally and financially she is forced to become the mistress of another English soldier Jamie finally sends her what money he can but can't bring himself to write to her Because you know what could I sayClaire's response Oh dearReally how could I give up on this book when the main character is so sympathetic2 Rape can lead to comically inaccurate ideas about how people do the nastyAfter 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 I saw a man take a woman plain once out in the open But thatwell 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 stuckSo of course Claire flips out and asks him what the heck that was all about Who was it Why was he witness to a rape out in the open Was he able to help the woman What happened to herOh Wait This is Claire the Emotionless She doesn't ask him anything and he doesn't say anything else on the subject Instead they cuddle and talk about how much fun what they just did was 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 I didn't Good3 Nearly getting raped turns you on for Mr RightJamie and Claire are off on their own in the woods for a spot of marital bliss when they're set upon by highwaymen Claire is nearly raped but manages to kill her assailant Yes she was a nurse during World War II but I think there's a difference between witnessing violence and inflicting it yourself She kills the guy in the nick of time He's on top of her so she undoubtedly gets his blood all over her Meanwhile Jamie manages to dispatch the other two guysAnd then Claire flips out about the fact that she was just attacked and she had to kill a guy and she had to kill a guy at close uarters with a knifeOh Wait This is Claire She has no response to any of this now or later Well she does have one response When I put my hands on his shoulders he pulled me hard against his chest with a sound midway between a groan and a sob We took each other then in a savage urgent silence thrusting fiercely and finishing within momentsIf your marital love life has been a bit blah lately why not get attacked and then kill the guy It'll spice things right up4 It's not rape if it's your husband and he promises he'll hurry Jamie Not here I said suirming away and pushing my skirt down againAre ye tired Sassenach he asked with concern Dinna worry I won't take longnext page He took a firm grip on my shoulders with both handsBe uiet Sassenach he said with authority It isna going to take verra longI gather it's especially not rape if your husband has an ethnic slur nickname for you He should use this at least three times a page Yes Sassenach is derogatory It'd be like if you were white and your husband called you his little gringo Although that would actually be kind of funny if he's white too I think I want to get my husband to start calling me that now But I digress5 or if it's your husband and he just really really wants itClaire is saying no and no again She's still in pain from the last time they did it because he didn't take no for an answer even when she told him uite honestly he was hurting her So how does our romantic lead respond James Fraser was not a man to take no for an answer Gentle he would be denied he would notI uoted that last line to my husband and he got the same look on his face that I had on mine all through a two day bout with food poisoningIf this book works for you fine I'm not here to judge I'm just asking that you understand how completely creeped out I was by all this and not tell me I didn't give it a fair chance I did I really hate not finishing a book once I start it but I just couldn't stand it any

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N her life and shatter her heart For here James Fraser a gallant young Scots warrior shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable liv Contains SPOILERS I was lying in a hospital bed with my leg broken and once the library trolley came for a round of 'books anyone' my hand was in the air in no time Too late did the librarian notice the foreign literature on my bedside table and with a distraught expression try to recover 'Outlander';I said firmly 'Oh no Madam I'll read that' Just enough time left for her to make up with a tome of controversial French literature on the genocide in RuandaBut as I'd said my first mission was 'Outlander'Anyway it could not be that bad since I'd seen it sold by the local bookclub beforeAh yes it could After some forty pages my jaw dropped in disbelief after some hundred pages the case was as good as closed But then to tell the truth Ms Gabaldon's warped morals kept me goingBecause this brave woman has achieved what I never thought could be done she has fabricated some catholically correct pornLet me point that outClaire pretty much a Mary Jane on the first few pages her lovely we know it is curly and unruly though she claims it is 'not' hair is described at length and did you know she can heal people 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 SpitfireThis 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 likewell yes and just one twist of fate later they find themselves exchanging vows Note The good never have extra marital sex in this book that's for the evil and sluggishSurprise upon surprise actually Jamie is a virgin on their wedding night but with a few leads uickly gets into his role 'Matrimony turns into a sacrament what would otherwise be a sin' or so it goesIn the following this sacrament is bestowed upon darling Claire with unnerving freuency 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 herYes and of course after Jamie has de facto been raped and tortured by evil husband He's so desolate Evil husband forced Jamie into actually enjoying the experience This is not right Jamie is straight Jamie is disgusted by himself But Claire does some sexual healing and re enactment and 'pouf' To top this off in the end Claire learns from a monk that de facto both her marriages are considered valid by the church since the one with Jamie precedes the one back in the 20th centuryMost distasteful because of the 'wifebeating' episode and the fact that homosexuality is shown as an evil trait adherent to the evil guy some young kid with a bible hung himself because of this strange enough female victims of rape are not half as suicidal in this book So we repeat No sex without marriage Woman has to obey man Otherwise she gets into trouble and he has to punish her Homosexuals among the evil onlyAny uestions had there been the possibility to bestow 0 stars on this concoction ah well

Diana Gabaldon ✓ Outlander Book

OutlanderIs a Sassenach an “outlander” in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threate I wanted to write a better review for this book to coincide with the release of the new TV series where Jamie actually does look pretty hotBack when I read this as a wee lass okay like three years ago there weren't uite as many interesting interpretations of the novel going on I remember reading a bunch of reviews that either sold it as sophisticated well researched historical fiction or a trashy kilt wearing romance full of sex violence and violent sex In my opinion neither is too far from the truthI'm going to be honest I never finished the series And I'm starting to think that it's likely I never will But this means nothing I thoroughly enjoyed the first four books which euates to several thousand pages of enjoyment They are huge time consuming volumes which is why starting one is such a huge commitment and why I think the remaining books may stay forever unread But I still think Outlander at least is worth readingThis book is an entertaining fast paced romp through 1783 and has numerous close encounters with torture sexual assault witch trials and a whole lot of bloodshed I'm not going to sell you some spiel about historical accuracy I don't have a damn clue what Scotland was really like in the 18th century but I can promise that it's hard to avoid being dragged in and devoured by this novel that is as gruesomely violent as it is exuisitely romanticOh and about that this book tells the story of Claire Randall who finds herself suddenly transported back a couple hundred years and lands amid the warfare and dangers of Scottish clan life In these strange circumstances she meets Jamie Readers often end up completely divided over Jamie because although he is sweet and lovable for the majority of the novel there is one disturbing scene that saddens and enrages any sane 21st Century reader including me though not sure about the saneSo I will spoil that one thing for you if you like it's not a major spoiler view spoilerthere is one scene of domestic violence where Jamie beats Claire with a belt I am in no way trying to say this act of violence was a good thing or acceptable; it was a sign of the kind of times people lived in back then sucky times But I was able to forgive Jamie when viewing the incident within the historical context I know you're probably thinking how the fuck is that possible well thing is if Claire had been a man and she'd done what she did she would have been flogged to within an inch of her life As they didn't believe in doing that to women her punishment was milder and had to be carried out by her husband Believe me I raged too But I was still able to appreciate the rest of the novel hide spoiler