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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly, she is a Sassenach -- an "outlander" -- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of our Lord... 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life... and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire... and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1991
New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1998,1991
ISBN: 9780385302302
Branch Call Number: FICTION GABAL...D


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Second place finalist.

Caitriona Balfe nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for “Outlander”, based on the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.

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Aug 18, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I plan on reading the next one, but we'll see about the rest of the series.

Aug 12, 2019

My favourite book. I'm working on book 5 (Fiery Cross) currently but the 3rd (Voyager) was my favourite so far, love the drama, the heartbreak, adventure and love in this series.

Jul 14, 2019

Lengthy and disjointed (in some parts of the book). Overdramatized in others, where i found myself asking - another thing happened? If it were shorter I would consider reading the rest of the series, but at 850 pages it’s not worth my time.

May 28, 2019

I liked this book more after seeing the TV series and rereading it the second time. It is indeed a very long book but the story moves along and never bogs down. The heroine Claire, who does not choose to be transported to 18th century Scotland, is one tough lady. I admire her intelligence, spunk, resourcefulness, inner strength, and resilience. This is not by any means a bodice ripper story. In fact, it is more than a love story. It's a story of survival and resilience. The author transports you to 18th century Scotland, portraying the harsh, violent, dangerous and brutal world of the conflict between the Scots and English. She never sugarcoats those times. It was a very exciting and thought provoking experience reading this novel following a 20th century world war nurse coping and adjusting to those perilous times in Scotland. I learned a lot about Scottish clan life too. The author certainly did her homework. And hero Jamie Fraser is truly a remarkable, admirable man, and the love he has for Claire is very deep. And I disagree with others' comments here that this book had graphic sex scenes. On the contrary, it's the TV series that has more graphic sex scenes. Finally, Black Jack Randall is one of the cruelest, despicable villains ever written.

May 01, 2019

You will need LOTS of time to read this book as it's very thick with small print.

Mar 31, 2019

The first book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander follows Claire Randall as she travels to Scotland 1743 during the war between the Scottish and British. It is a historical romance novel and has been adapted into a television show of the same name, which I love very dearly. This is the only book in the series that I've read so far, but it was amazing and beware, there is a lot of sexual content. Outlander is an adult series with many scenes expressing sexuality. However, it is definitely one that I recommend, along with the tv show because of the incredible adaptation it is. It is incredibly faithful to the book, making both elements of media a need to see and read. 5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Mar 27, 2019

Book 1 in the Outlander series

Mar 02, 2019

The best Historical Romance of all time!

Feb 20, 2019

An epic adventure from start to finish!

Feb 13, 2019

Good. Parts were slow but the story line sucks you in.

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Aug 26, 2016

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.”

Jun 21, 2016

Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.”

Jun 18, 2015

“Now, then. What does ‘fucking’ mean?”

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Hanovers and Stuarts? To me, these were still no more than names on a chart on the schoolroom wall. What were they, compared with an unthinkable evil like Hitler's Reich? It made a difference to those who lived under the kings, I supposed, though the differences might seem trivial to me. Still, when had the right to live as one wished ever been trivial? Was a struggle to choose one's own destiny less worthwhile than the necessity to stop a great evil?"-Claire

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" Ye need not be scairt of me. Nor of anyone here, so long as I'm with ye."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" I wanted ye from the first time I saw ye-but I loved ye when you wept in my arms and let me comfort you, that first time at Leoch."-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough."-Claire

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

" There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I'll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye-when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I'll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save-respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?"-Jamie

M_ALCOTT Sep 29, 2014

"Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ."-Claire

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Jan 07, 2015

Sexual Content: Although not explicit, there is quite a lot of sex in this book (mostly between consenting & married adults). There is one instance rape which, while not shown explicitly, may still be disturbing to some readers.

Jan 07, 2015

Violence: 18th century Scotland is a grimy and violent place. Claire is a healer, so sees her fair share of blood and gore. Violence is not too explicit, however, and most of the focus is on the impact of violence on those who survive it.

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Sexual Content: Some sexual scenes


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mickaylasnana May 11, 2011

English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.

EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

In Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon after World War II, Claire enters a circle of stones and is transported back to the Battle of Culloden 200 years earlier, where she must marry a Scot to save her husband

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