Shawn L. Bird

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go North wee fools! October 30, 2011

I’m reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series these days. At the moment I’m reading book 6,  A Breath of Snow and Ashes, in which Claire (time traveller from 1968 this time) and her Highlander love Jamie, are settled in North Carolina amid the stressful period leading up to the American Revolution.

Considering all that Claire and her daughter and son-in-law knew, I keep pondering why on earth they’d want to live through another miserable war? Why didn’t they high tail it to the safety of what became Canada? Nova Scotia would have been an extremely logical place to settle, or perhaps Lower Canada. We know there were Frasers active with the North West Company within 40 years of 1776. Ian could have found Micmac brothers. It would definitely been a much less stressful book (I’m getting worn out from the heart-thumping, page turning!) It just doesn’t seem logical. Surely Claire and Jamie have some common sense? If they knew what was coming, and they did, they should have gone to Canada.

I can’t help being quite disgusted with them for not doing so!

Oh- and knowing about the burning- why haven’t they built an escape tunnel under their house?!  I am so frustrated!

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2 Responses to “go North wee fools!”

  1. jezibelle Says:

    Unfortunately smart characters do not make for great conflict. When I read it I was totally with you on their idiocy. 🙂

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      lol. Even as I grumbled to myself, I recognised that there would be no story keeping me up all night if they hadn’t ended up in dangerous territory. Still. Sensible people who know war is coming would just have moved to nice, peaceful Canada… ;-P


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