Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 book 16

Diana Gabaldon's Voyager
Well, the third Outlander book has slightly less rapiness, but WAY more racism. A Chinese character and several Jewish characters are introduced, and the stereotypes are just awful, particularly with the Chinese character. And then they go to Jamaica and encounter slaves, since it's the late 1700s, and that's just as bad. I don't know why--these were written in the 1990s! Gabaldon should really know better. And it's a bummer, because this one is otherwise a lot more readable than the last one. The first third involves a lot of historical research (my favorite!), and then Claire decides to abandon her 19 year old daughter and her career as a doctor to go back in time, because of her GREAT LOVE, which seems a little silly, but whatever, then there are pirates and things, and lots of action. But oy, SO MUCH racism. Really, really bad racism. B.

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