i was initially completely uninterested in these books, because they were shelved in the romance section of the bookstore. it took a man recommending them to me to get me to read them, even though my sister and mother had both raved about them. i was very pleased to find that it's so much more than romance; there are elements of science fiction, historical fiction, and even a touch of mystery. claire is a fantastic character, strong, funny, and spunky. her adventures with and without jamie over the years are absolutely addicting.
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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.
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Some hae meat that canna eat, An some culd eat that want it, We hae meat an we can eat, An so may God be thank it.
I was having trouble with the scale of things. A man killed with a musket was just as dead as one killed with a mortar. It was just that the mortar killed impersonally, destroying dozens of men, while the musket was fired by one man who could see the eyes of the one he killed. That made it murder, it seemed to me, not war. How many men to make a war?