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“Call no man happy until he is dead. Herodotus.” Mr. Nancy raised a white eyebrow, and he said, “I’m not dead yet, and, mostly because I’m not dead yet, I’m happy as a clamboy.” “The Herodotus thing. It doesn’t mean that the dead are happy,” said Shadow. “It means that you can’t judge the shape of someone’s life until it’s over and done.”
With Outlander, Diana Gabaldon has crafted an uncommonly rich tale. Gabaldon writes believable, complex characters that are firmly grounded in their historical context. This is no small feat, especially because we experience two timelines in Outlander and both are equally vivid. Gabaldon’s research and attention to detail shine–in each setting we get a chance to learn something new about everyday living in 1743 Scotland.