Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


I am pretty sure that this is a book not known by many. In fact, even I stumbled upon the series by accident while browsing at the Landmark in Chennai. The Outlander is the first of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

To give you a gist of what the book is about – The story starts off in Scotland, during the peace immediately after the Second World War. Claire Randall, a nurse, stumbles upon a circle of rocks in Scotland, which transports her back 200 years in time, right into the midst of the Rising in Scotland. There she finds a new love and helps the Scots with her medical know-how. However, due to a treason charged against her Scotsman husband Jamie Fraser, they are forced to flee to France.

The book makes for a very interesting read with an in-depth study of the living conditions of Scotland in the 1700s and the thoughts and prejudices of the people well portrayed. It leavesthe reader wanting to know what happens to Claire and Jamie – and their further life in France.

As I said, this is only the first of the series, and there are 5 more to follow – Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Wait on, and I shall give you a review of each of these books as I finish them.