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The Exile (Outlander) [Kindle Edition]

Diana Gabaldon , Hoang Nguyen
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Diana Gabaldon's brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser's side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen. After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland-but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie's late parents he'd watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There's already a fat bounty on the young exile's head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who's crossed paths-and swords-with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew's loyalty-or his life-and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who'd sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum's heir. And then there is Claire Randall-mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie's life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire. But even as Jamie's heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she's been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can't believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices-a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere. Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

Editorial Reviews Review


Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
"History comes deliciously alive on the page."
New York Daily News

"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller . . . the pages practically turn themselves."
— Arizona Republic

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 72133 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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516 of 532 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not TERRIBLE, but... September 23, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's really not that great either. Yes, I did pre-order this graphic novel, and yes, I am a fan of the Outlander series.

I prompt you, however, not to read the bad reviews (despite the fact that there are many) until you read this review.

As someone who has a great appreciation of literature and art as well, I own a vast array of novels and graphic novels. I won't consider myself an expert by any means, but I think I have a decent working knowledge of where the two differ. I agree with most reviewers that this might be blasphemy for hardcore Gabaldon fans. I am not a hardcore fan, and I decided to take Diana's endeavor with a grain of salt. She was certainly trying something new and regardless of what it was, fans were going to buy it (and they still will, more than likely).

To be honest, most of what I loved as a reader about Outlander got lost in the translation from novel to graphic novel. Unlike some, however, I feel that this was not because of the artist, but because of Diana Gabaldon's writing style: she writes in first person. It makes it a little difficult to translate that to graphic form, especially when you are taking it from someone that is outside of the relationship that is the core of her series. I felt that this was the main problem. Had the story been told from Jamie's point of view and not Murtagh's...well, I'm not saying that would have made it leaps and bounds better, but it might have helped a little.

That being said, I enjoyed the graphic novel a lot. It was light, not too heavy, did have a lot of nudity, which knowing the Gabaldon, should come as no surprise to readers. I thought the art was gorgeous; the illustrator really did a great job. I personally enjoyed the rough edge that the pictures had to them.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in love, but not disappointed either... October 4, 2010
By T. Scot
The storyline in this graphic novel ("comic book" to some people) is interesting, and adds new elements previously unheard of in the Outlander series (a new character and Murtaugh-focused sub-plot). However, it's also a little choppy and disjointed.

The illustrations are beautiful and sometimes spot-on. They are, conversely, also sometimes very far off if you're familiar with the details of the series. For example, Jamie is clearly in the 5'10" area in this book, and never appears "a head above" the other men. Additionally, it's very hard to follow which man is which, as they are all portrayed almost identically.

Having said that, though, I do think it's worth reading, and as a die-hard fan, I believe it's worth owning.

One last note: Please don't review with one star just because you didn't know what a graphic novel was. That's not fair to the author or artist.
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144 of 160 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a graphic novel, folks! September 24, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
While I was not terribly familiar with graphic novels, I loved comic books well into my teens, and looked forward to The Exile. I, for one, am not disappointed. Given the constraints of the format I thought it was enjoyable -- and I loved the way Jamie and Claire were depicted by the artist. Someone wrote that Jamie looked too young and naive, seeming to forget that he was only 22 and still a virgin when he married Claire. I do agree that in some of the panels his looks changed somewhat, but usually due , IMO, to the artist attempting to convey emotion. Real people do not look the same all the time -- sometimes we look great and other times pretty darn unattractive (and I have the pictures to prove it!). The beautiful images of Claire succeeded in wiping away that horrible illustation that appeared on the cover of the first mass market edition to be released in the U.S. back in the early 90s -- the one where Claire looked like a middle aged washerwoman.

Now to the negatives: I agree that the color of Jamie's eyes didn't seem quite right, they looked too dark (Gabaldon wrote that his eyes were dark blue, but in the book they looked almost black); and the story of Kenneth was unnecessary and confusing. One of the problems with a graphic novel is that wonderful pieces of discriptive passages, with which Outlander abounds, are eliminated by the format. But I feel that Hoang Nguyen's beautiful illustrations of Scotland in many ways compensated for the lack of narration. I would like to see more of this format.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's too cute to be a minute over seventeen! September 26, 2010
I am not a typical Gabaldon fan -- I read the first three books, but stopped after VOYAGER, and I don't have EVERY single character, love scene, setting, and plot point memorized. Nevertheless, I thought this little graphic novel was a lot of fun. Jamie and Claire are drawn much sexier and more fresh-faced than I pictured them in the book. In a way that's not so good for Claire. She's a tough, smart, worldly woman, and in this graphic version she's too cute to be a minute over seventeen!

But I adored the humor and the light-hearted romantic moments so much more, like when Jamie is holding her on his lap and he says out loud "I will protect you always" but inside his head he's thinking, "she has the most wonderful round bottom!" Diana Gabaldon is a genius, and in 500 years people will still be reading OUTLANDER and comparing it to ANNA KARENINA and ULYSSES. But the lady has a sense of humor too, and this little book was a real treat for her fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun novel in graphic form
I love Outlander and feel no enjoyment of the series can fully be met without including this graphic rendering of the novel. Love it!
Published 6 hours ago by Tammy L. Sokol
3.0 out of 5 stars no average person is built like that.
Sorry, no average person is built like that.
Published 8 days ago by Wanda Allen-Yearout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Didn't realize it was a comic (grafic novel) Have not amd will not read it.
Published 12 days ago by Grace Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Exile is top notch.
If you love Outlander, you'll love The Exile. Hope they make more.
Published 18 days ago by Mary E. Bieganowski
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the novels
Just not my style. Couldn't get into it. Love the novels.
Published 19 days ago by prodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite..
Not my favourite... but I DID enjoy it! If you are or have become a die-hard fan of this series, you will want to read it. If you're a casual reader of the series- skip it.
Published 19 days ago by Rachel Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love all her books
Published 28 days ago by luckybank
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Experiment -- Read Outlander First
THE EXILE is the graphic novel version of part of OUTLANDER. I liked seeing the story of OUTLANDER depicted in graphic novel version and by telling the story from Jamie's point of... Read more
Published 28 days ago by S. Melo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Tim Burk
3.0 out of 5 stars Was disappointed that the characters had an oriental appearance and...
Was disappointed that the characters had an oriental appearance and did not appear to be at all Scottish. That distracted from the story line.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Lopez
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More About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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