When I started listening to the audiobook of “An Echo in the Bone”, (the 7th book in the Outlander series) a few days ago, I realized that I’ve never listened to it before. And I remembered that one of the reasons I started listening to all the audiobooks once again over a year ago was to refresh my memory with all the other books before I listened to that last available one. At least I think that was the reason. And I’m pretty sure I haven’t listened to that audiobook before, I would have remembered a Percy with a French accent. Which is wrong in my eyes, but who am I to say :-)
Anyway, a few scattered memories from the last part of the ABOSAA (book #6) audiobook and from the start of ECHO (book #7) [I really should write those down more often]
Things I hadn’t notice or didn’t remember:
Brianna witnessed Bonnet’s nightmare and he told her about his fear of drowning. I did remember that he was sentenced to drown and that she and Roger ended his life before the tide came in. But I always thought it was his request for some bargain they struck when he had already been in jail. And it was in fact,but I had completely forgotten about Brianna knowing about his fear of drowning
I remembered that Jamie at various times dreams of Culloden (and of BJR), but I didn’t at all recall that he remembered Murtagh’s role in this last encounter with BJR. Did Murtagh really deal BJR the fatal blow? To protect Jamie? Maybe I should re-read that part once more.
William has inherited Jamie’s seasickness *g*
One of many favourite Jamie-Moments
The moment he realized that he did not only want to fight on the Colonist’s side for Brianna’s sake (and to help create and secure her home, the United States), but because of his own deep ingrained or better inherited longing for Freedom. From the English crown most of all, because Jamie Fraser’s has experienced the loss of freedom for himself and his people. And I admit that I find this part of the Declaration of Arbroath, deeply moving, every time I read or hear it.
…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
Other memorable stuff *g*
The whole drama around Ian killing Mrs. Bug was so heartbreaking. Because it was an accident and no-one was at fault. Or better said, everyone involved did their part to bring on this catastrophy. But still… so very heartbreaking. I’m such a huge fan of Ian and while I listened to this part I was so glad that I already knew that there would be a happy end for him at the end of this book. And that Arch Bug wasn’t able to get his revenge. It would have destroyed Ian and that would have broken my heart into million tiny pieces.
I still think the “letters from the past” is a very neat idea from a storytelling point-of-view.
When Roger and Brianna notice a draft from an open window at Lallybroch all of a sudden I remembered “the Nuckelavee” aka Buck MacKenzie. Just thinking about it made me feel shivers down my spine. That was such a shocking surprise when I read the book back then.