This was probably one of the most frustrating but amazing novels I have yet read. Wharton's insights about high "society" are so honest and lucid and...moreThis was probably one of the most frustrating but amazing novels I have yet read. Wharton's insights about high "society" are so honest and lucid and she really makes you see the evils that people grow blind to and begin to accept as "decency". There is so much comparison and contrast with the older European societies as well which is very interesting to read. The ending was unbelievably frustrating but with a clear mind I can look back and say that her ending was perfect. She resisted cliche in every way by not giving a definite ending. This book was and overflowing river of tragedy in the end and throughout. Definitely give it a go.(less)
Maybe I'm being too harsh but I thought this book was awful. I'm so annoyed I even read it. I didn't like the storyline and I hated the ending. There...moreMaybe I'm being too harsh but I thought this book was awful. I'm so annoyed I even read it. I didn't like the storyline and I hated the ending. There was no closure and took nothing meaningful away from it. I haven't read the Historian so perhaps that has something to do with it? Its just a series of tragedies. I feel so sorry for most of the characters. It just left a sour taste in my mouth. I didn't like the writing style either. (less)
Read this book if you are in desperate need of any Outlander connection. I originally gave this book 3 stars but then I read a few other Historical-Fi...moreRead this book if you are in desperate need of any Outlander connection. I originally gave this book 3 stars but then I read a few other Historical-Fiction novels, which were TERRIBLE, and had to change my rating of this book to 4 stars. As usual Gabaldon's writing style is superb, she paints her characters with extreme detail and startling depth while also plotting a mystery. The gay romance is beautiful and built upon layers of complication depicting an impossible love triangle (between three men). I've always liked Lord John Grey (except when he made his first move on Jamie at Ardsmuir) but I grew to love and sympathize with him in this book.
I read this novel AFTER reading "An Echo in the Bone" and therefore was really rather grateful for all the clarification regarding Grey's elusive past and involvement with the infamous, Percival Wainwringht. Percy really keeps you on edge throughout the novel and you keep thinking "Okay what is he going to do next?" I kept thinking he was evil and never really trusted him. He is a very entertaining character. You get a good taste of the Seven Years War and the vivid recollections of war that come with most of Gabaldon's novels.
Alas I can NOT give this novel 5 stars due to my lack of ardor while reading it. I got through it towards the end but enjoyed most of it. Gabaldon is a gifted writer and story teller and if you can not wait for her next book then this book will give you comfort. (less)
Oh dear I really never LIKED this book. It IS well written I will give the author props for that bit. I liked the whole preservation of environment co...moreOh dear I really never LIKED this book. It IS well written I will give the author props for that bit. I liked the whole preservation of environment concept too but the story is DULL. The characters are not colored and subsequently I was not able to become attached to any of them. Even when the really sad part of the book happened I wasn't touched and that's a bad sign. I barely got through it. I imagine the whole thing in black and gray the whole time,, all the scenes and all the people in it, including the falls themselves. The message of the book though is sound and admirable. It's a quick read so might as well give it a shot?(less)
This book was NOT written well. Everything from the characters to the description is so one dimensional and flat. The only thing that got me through i...moreThis book was NOT written well. Everything from the characters to the description is so one dimensional and flat. The only thing that got me through it was the riveting plot. I really just wanted to know who the killer was and that was it. The show interpretation is infinitely better intellectually as well as creatively. First time I've liked the video version better than the text version sadly.(less)
Something must be very wrong with me since I did not LOVE this novel despite all its 5 star reviews. I am a huge fan of the Outlander series and prett...moreSomething must be very wrong with me since I did not LOVE this novel despite all its 5 star reviews. I am a huge fan of the Outlander series and pretty much anything Diana Gabaldon decides to write so I read Into the Wilderness because of her praise and her fans' praise for this novel. And I have to say that it was just OKAY; it was not bad. The author definitely put a good amount of research into the story but it failed complexity. The characters were not as developed as they could have been and neither was the flow of the plot. Her writing style was mediocre to good. I don't know if my attitude was wrong coming into this novel, I was expecting maybe too much but Elizabeth Middleton's character was too routine. She was too much of a goody-two-shoes who did everything right without thinking twice about her actions. And everyone (except Richard Todd and Julian) and their mother just kept praising her and saying how she was such a "strong woman." Again, I might be overreacting, but it was all just too SQUARE for my liking. I guess I found her character as naive despite all she experienced.
I thought that the "hero" Bonner's character was introduced into the story MUCH too soon and much too abruptly. Everything was just obvious to be enticing. But there was excitement to it after all. I read it relatively quickly but I am hesitant to read book 2 of this series. I suppose if I grow tired of waiting for Gabaldon's next novel, and run out of other books to read I will give the sequel to Into the Wilderness a go. But do give it a read, it is worth that at least.(less)