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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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"History comes deliciously alive on the page." New York Daily News
"Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller . . . the pages practically turn themselves." Arizona Republic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like comic books then this may be ok, was not what I expected.Published 8 days ago by Laura Crismond
Unfortunately, I didn't pay enough attention...my fault, I know. Anyway, I didn't realize that this was a graphic novel, and bought it for my kindle. Read morePublished 9 days ago by TeachThinking
Not my favorite...good writing and pictures but very short!!Published 9 days ago by stacey y wright
No offense to the seller! I thought this was a story I would be interested in - but it's a comic book and not a very well done one.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a huge fan of the drawings of the female lead but otherwise very true to the story and well written. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Stephanie
The Exile is a graphic novel in the popular Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. The text is by Gabaldon; the artwork by Vietnam-born Hoang Nguyen. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cloggie Downunder