The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, with Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by their Humble Creator

The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, with Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by their Humble Creator

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by Diana Gabaldon
     
 

Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her series, the book only she could write - a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never-before-published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in… See more details below

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Overview

Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her series, the book only she could write - a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never-before-published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories.

Editorial Reviews

Daily News (Los Angeles)
Gabaldon is a born storyteller.
Library Journal
Not an outlandish idea: the novelist herself offers a guide to her celebrated "Outlander" series.
Kirkus Reviews
As with the guides to the Hobbit tetralogy and the fiction of Stephen King, Gabaldon offers a companion volume to her Outlander Series•s four time-travel historical romances, Drums of Autumn (1997), etc., in which she tells us •much is revealed regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, their lives and times, antecedents, adventures, companions and progeny, with learned commentary (and many footnotes) by their humble creator.• She also provides full synopses of the four novels and includes excerpts of forthcoming books in the Claire and Jamie Fraser series. Listed, too, are all the novels• characters, their origins and family trees, horoscopes, and sketches of clan badges and shields, along with genealogical notes. For non-Gaelic readers, Gabaldon assembles a glossary and pronunciation primer. Additionally, she supplies details on her research, E-mail excerpts, notes on herbal medicine, illustrations, and recipes, plus a huge bibliography. Gabaldon fans who have followed the story of British Red Cross nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall will welcome this act of buoyant hubris by a vividly entertaining author whose later installments have turned into baggy-pants behemoths of 900 pages. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)

From the Publisher
With the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story, Diana Gabaldon here gives her readers the best gift of all — The Outlandish Companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385324137
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/30/1999
Series:
Outlander Series
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
65,489
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of four previous novels – Outlander (which has been optioned for a television mini-series), Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn – and one work of non fiction, The Outlandish Companion. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Flagstaff, Arizona
Date of Birth:
January 11, 1952
Place of Birth:
Flagstaff, Arizona
Education:
B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
Website:
http://www.dianagabaldon.com/

Read an Excerpt

) "learning something" while being entertained. Many like the sense of connection, of rediscovering their own heritage. A good many enjoy the curious details: the botanical medicine, the medical procedures, the how and why of daily life in another time. But by far the most common element that people enjoy in the books is simply the characters -- readers care for these people, are interested in them, and want to know more about them.

So, this companion is intended for the readers: a quick reference for those who don't necessarily want to reread a million and a half words in order to refresh their memories as to Who or What; a source of information and (maybe) insight on the characters; a companion for those with an interest in backgrounds and trivia; an auxiliary guide for those with an interest in the eighteenth century and Things Scottish; and finally -- a brief glimpse into the working methods of a warped mind.

"True. I have heard the point made, though, that the novelist's skill lies in the artful selection of detail. Do you not suppose that a volume of such length may indicate a lack of discipline in such selection, and hence a lack of skill?"

Fraser considered, sipping the ruby liquid slowly.

"I have seen books where that is the case, to be sure," he said. "An author seeks by sheer inundation of detail to overwhelm the reader into belief. In this case, however, I think it isna so. Each character is most carefully considered, and all the incidents chosen seem necessary to the story. No, I think it is true that some stories simply require a greater space in which to be told."
--Voyager, Chapter 11: "The Torremolinos Gambit"

Copyright © 1999 by Diana Gabaldon

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