“Twenty years ago, the journey began: Diana Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. To celebrate the series that has captured the hearts of millions, Doubleday Canada will be publishing a special anniversary edition for core Gabaldon fans and new readers alike. Unrivaled storytelling, unforgettable characters, and rich historical detail are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's novels. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters: Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. A spellbinding novel of passion and history, that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages, The Outlander takes readers on an unforgettable journey.”
This is how Random House, the publisher of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon describes the book that was just released in a special 20th Anniversary edition on July 5th. The entire Outlander series has a cult following and those who love it cannot stop talking about it. Over the years I never thought twice about it as I figured it was just some sort of medieval romance which is a genre I just cannot get into. But had I picked it up and actually read the back I would have found out its fascinating twist; a young wife in 1946 is on vacation in Scotland with her husband only to be out on a walk and find herself transported into the 1700’s. So after many customers telling me that it was a must-read I decided that I would use my borrowing privileges and borrow a copy (a great perk of working in a bookstore). I began reading this book on Tuesday night and I am really enjoying it even though I am only 50 pages in. Once the story shifted to the past, the characters (except for Clare who is just beginning to figure out where she is) speak with a thick Scottish accent that would be authentic to those in the highlands in the mid-1700’s, which can be a little difficult when reading, especially if you are tired. But after almost a chapter of this type of dialogue I find I am getting used to it and I will continue reading this book.
My first impression – great story, entertaining scenes, I may have to buy the paperback edition because this hardcover edition is very heavy to carry around but great if you are a collector.