The Exile

The Exile

An Outlander Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2010
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A luscious full-colour graphic novel -- written by #1 New York Times bestseller Diana Gabaldon -- that offers a completely new look at the original Outlander story!

The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser's point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie's surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more -- up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century -- are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. A must-read -- and a great holiday gift -- for any Outlander fan!
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385665889
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 GAB
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nguyễn, Hoàng 1966-- Illustrator

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This may not stand alone very well but for fans of the Outlander series here's a chance to get a glimpse of Jamie Fraser!


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DorisWaggoner
Nov 04, 2017

I've read a few graphic novels that made sense. This one didn't, at all, and I'm a huge fan of the Outlander series. As far as the graphics went, the scenery was often lovely and atmospheric, and I appreciated the Gaelic translations. I've gotten used to Gabaldon's Scottish dialog so didn't have trouble with that. But the plot is so compressed that even though I just finished rereading the first volume last week, and she says that this covers about a third of that book, I got lost in several places. All the men look alike except for whether or not they have facial hair, making it hard to tell the good guys from the bad. There are only four women, and they can easily be told apart by size and hair color. But none of the important characters--even Jamie and Claire!--are well distinguished by personality. This book wouldn't encourage me either to read another graphic novel, or another of the wonderful Outlander series. Gabaldon is a wonderful, funny writer, so it's a shame she decided to try her hand at this form. It just doesn't suit the way she writes best, which is in long, complicated stories full of subplots, complex people, and atmospheric descriptions that make you believe you're really in the time and place she's taking you to.

I borrowed this for my wife who is a big Outlander fan. She's read all the books and seen the first two seasons of the TV series. This graphic novel, however, was okay she said. Take from that what you will.

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vlidia
Sep 21, 2016

I watch the TV show and without knowing the story, I would definitely have a hard time understanding the graphic novel. Interesting take on the story.

Ashlee_M Aug 29, 2016

The book is way better than the graphic novel!

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Catrionahutchinson
Jul 21, 2015

I've never read a graphic novel before. I didn't know what to expect .. But a comic book was not something I WAS expecting. I love Diana gabaldon and the outlander series. This was interesting side to the Outlander plot but not my style of reading. It's a comic book with the "BAM! CRACK! BOOM"s and all.

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TheIronPaw
Jul 28, 2013

Playing the reading game at the library and drew "Staff Pick". I've never tried a graphic novel before so this was an interesting experience. But I don't think I'll bother with them again: I found the plot superficial (actually a rehash of a section of Gabaldon's first book in the Outlander series), I had trouble keeping the characters straight (all those wild eyed Scots look the same to me) and there was no description (though I suppose that's what the pictures are for). But I must admit that I did find the graphics of Jaime's wedding night quite interesting.

flash2121 Jun 21, 2013

the best book for all, i love it....

Irishannie18 Jul 23, 2012

One needs to start with the first book and keep reading the whole series. It is a fascinating story.

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ausnos
Jul 23, 2012

I have not read the "Outlander" series and do not intend to. What attracted me in the beginning was the artwork and the fact that I enjoy graphic novels with a lot of eye candy. The story of "Exile" is confusing as ever, and I agree with dhopkin1 in that the artist made it so it was difficult to distinguish an individual's identity. Another problem I had was the Scottish dialect. To a Canadian-born without any Scottish ancestry, this was quite a challenge. I did appreciate the translations for some of the Gaelic words used though. In conclusion, I am left scratching my head to why this particular story is deemed so highly regarded. I am certainly NOT a fan.

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MonicaZ22
Oct 23, 2011

I completely agree with dhopkin1! If someone just picked this book off the shelf with no background into this series, he/she would not understand the story line whatsoever. I've read Outlander a few times and I was still having difficulty following it.

As for the graphics, they're quite beautiful. However, I found that several of the men looked too similar to each other and I couldn't figure out who was who.

For this graphic novel to be successful, it needs to be 2 or 3 times larger to expand on what's there. It's too disjointed with little explanation.

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flash2121 Jun 21, 2013

the cartoon in the book it so good, it the best book of all...

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