The Outlander

The Outlander

Book - 2007
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Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2007
Description: 389 p
ISBN: 9780887842108
Branch Call Number: Adam


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Jun 16, 2020

A well-researched and engaging adventure yarn set in 1903 about a young woman on the run in mountainous Alberta from two brothers seeking revenge. Ill-prepared for the ordeal, the woman suffers cold and starvation as she crosses the pass through Crow territory. There is a sense of community among wary people who scratch out an existence in the frontier wilderness, a willingness to help a stranger when they themselves have little to share, perhaps a form of insurance should fortune turn against them. The woman’s journey is mental as well as physical; her resourcefulness and confidence grow. People had to be tough to survive. The book also incorporates into the story the historic landslide in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. The writing evocatively captures the rugged beauty of the landscape, the rocks, the trees, the animals, the light, the odors, what can be eaten. The author recently released a follow-up book to the woman’s tale, Ridgerunner.

May 24, 2020

There is such cadence and rhythm in the language, so much sensitivity of the writing in this novel set in the early 1990s about a widow on the run in Western Canada. There is much edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the characters, the widow, the twins, the Ridgerunner, and McEchern, are strong.
I couldn’t put the book down and read it in two sittings. I look forward to reading her latest.

Dec 26, 2018

I could easily read & enjoy this again . Please buy more of her books.

Nov 24, 2018

I liked how the author placed the events with the slide at Frank. I was going to give this 4 ½ stars, but when I read the final 2 words of the book, it was 5 stars. Excellent!

Oct 08, 2016

A memorable novel about a young girls flight from across the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900's from a disastrous marriage which saw her murder her husband. Her two brothers in law pursue her in revenge. The story was filled with great characters and places. Well worth a read.

Feb 27, 2016

Incredibly slow with description that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. If you want nice imagery, this book will allow your mind to create a lot, but I quit reading after Part I.

May 04, 2015

Very descriptive through the entire book.. In fact, for me it was a bit much. If there is a followup I doubt I will read it. However I liked how it ended.

Mar 05, 2015

This was my first Adamson novel and it lived up to the high praise.
Her characters are vivid and her descriptions are on point.
Very enjoyable! Five stars

Dec 18, 2014

This is a little treasure. Not a highland outlander at all. This is very well written. The characters are not only well developed with backgrounds that give them plausibility and motivation in the storyline, but give them life and believability as to their actions and decisions. It was at the same time both a gripping tale and a fun read. Too bad Gil Adamson doesn't have more books.

IdeaLab_Mandy Jun 12, 2014

Another hidden gem in the Canadian literary scene. An old west tale starring a woman with a dark past who tries to evade capture. You don't have to be a fan of historical fiction to enjoy this well-paced story of escape and strength. I couldn't put it down!

Serving suggestion: baked beans and beef jerky.

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