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
     
 

New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of

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New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.

Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling 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:

 ¸  Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
 ¸  A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
 ¸  Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
 ¸  A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
 ¸  The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
 ¸  Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
 ¸  An annotated bibliography
 ¸  Tips, personal stories -- even a recipe ortwo!
 ¸  Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more

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
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

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

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/

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The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser... 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Rg52 More than 1 year ago
The many lives and adventures of Claire, the time traveler, and Jamie the last chivalrous man of his day, is so captivating that the reader can find him/herself on each page as a participant in this mighty adventure. I am near finished with Book #4 Drums of Autumn. As a mature 52 yr old man, I dont fashion myself oft sentimental. Yet, when Brianna and Jamie meet for the first time, I found myself with glassy eyes and tears running down my cheeks. I was actually there witnessing a most loving and touching reunion of 2 worlds colliding, yet bareing all the tender qualites of human emotion as all humanity has shown since our meagre beginning. I have never cried at any book. But, the author's ability to unite the reader to the written is captivating and magnificent. I want to live this book, enter it, and become a part of its living human saga. Diana Gabaldon is by far one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th and 21st Century. A gifted writer who understands the human heart and is able to bridge reality and fantasy into one world. If I could but find the secret to Stonehenge, I would hope to find Jamie, Claire and all the adventures of their lives and live out my life in their presence. FABULOUS!!!!!
Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
While I agree that this book may come as a disappointment for those looking for a "Jamie and Claire" story, it is a priceless addition to the shelves of an aspiring writer. It is nearly impossible to find another resource out there that yields such a matter-of-fact look at writing in general. All information, of course, is seasoned with Diana's unique and unmistakable sense of humor. I am a detail oriented person, and as such, loved the depth to which she knows her characters. Consequently, I loved the depth to which this book goes in explaining the "who, what, when, where, and how." Others, who have no deep-seeded urges to pronounce "mo cridh" correctly, may find that their money is better spent on her other books.
Beshissen More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to accompany the Outlander series. It is very useful for going back and reviewing characters whom you've forgotten. Enjoyable add-on to the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the Companion and found it to be very interesting and comprehensive. Ms. Gabaldon has captured characters, places and times as if she actually lived them! In the Oulandish Companion, she lets the light shine into the creation of her great literary characters (namely Claire and Jamie). This is a must have for those who love the Outlander series! If you have any questions or curiosities, this book will help you understand the complexities of Diana Gabaldon's writing. There are detailed synopsis, cast of characters, family trees (you must admit, you too get confuse about who is who's descendent!), a pronunciation guide, and, perhaps most importantly, is the excerpts of future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION is a must have for all OUTLANDER fans. If you don't have time to re read all the wonderful books in the series, this will refresh your memory on lots of details. I will read this book many times, just because I miss Jamie and Claire so much after months without them. Thanks for another wonderful book Diana Gabaldon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recap of the series along with historical backup on research with regard to the times. I had enjoyed reading her novels and even enjoyed reading this 'refresher' and the author's personal notes. Can't wait for her next one in this series! Impatiently wating!
JenniferJuniper More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a reference to the Outlander series, and it has proved its worth, as the series has so many characters and much detail. Excellent addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to refresh while waiting for the next book and reminding you of the details that fit several of the books together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short synopsis and quick look at points within each of the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Outlandish Companion has been a real help while reading the series. Sometimes I get so caught up in the story I can't remember who certain secondary characters were. The Companion helps me to find and identify these characters more easily so that I can truly enjoy my reading experience. I purchased the Nook version and the only thing I do not like as much is the very small print used in the genealogical charts. Perhaps I am not doing it right, but I can't seem to make the charts large enough so that I can actually read them. Otherwise, this book is a great resource.
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d45 More than 1 year ago
...for my daughter-in-law. She really likes it!
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I loved this compendium of her first 4 in the outlander series. You will not be sorry if you buy it.
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