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More like "The Lactating Mamary."
on March 7, 2002
Don't get me wrong, I've found Gabaldon's previous books to be engaging reads - enjoyed the characters and their development and interaction, and found the plots to be believable. However, getting through this latest release has been a labor of love - I started it while on vacation in January and haven't finished yet, and that is almost unheard of for me.
The reason? Like most people, I have my own sometimes mundane life, filled with trivial details that would be a bit boring to relate - definitely no entertainment value there. This book is filled to bursting with the mundane, trivial details in the life of Claire, Jamie, Briana, and the rest of the clan on Fraser's Ridge. Every time Briana lactates, it's in the book. Every time someone has to change a diaper, it's in the book. Same goes for superating wounds, slaughtering animals, and routine surgical procedures. The detail with which these common everyday functions are portrayed is a bit much and distracts from what should have been an interesting story. Given the location and the time period, you would think that Diana Gabaldon would have risen to the occassion with a little more of her usual flair. I'm not giving up - but next time I might wait for the paperback.