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Friday, May 12, 2006

Hero of the Week: Jamie Fraser

The Hero of this Week is dedicated to the other ladies here at Sanctuary, who have yet to read about the oh-so swoonworthy Jamie Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, Laird of Lallybroch. I think it's a shame that they're missing out on such a wonderful hero, who truly makes the heart beat faster and slower and absolutely melt...so this one is for you girls!

We first meet Jamie Fraser in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, when Claire Randall is accidentally transported from the 1940s back into the 1740s. Utterly dazed and confused by the time travel, Claire is faced with not only understanding how she came to be in such a place, but also how on earth she'd find her way back home. It is then she meets an injured solider, Jamie Fraser, who she nurses back to health..and who inevitably changes her life path. The two become ensared in battles, betrayal, hardship and along the way, a romance begins to bloom that even time could not crush.

For those of you who love a tortured hero, for those of you who lust over strong scottish lairds, for those of you who sigh with a dreamy expression over heartwarming declarations of love made by heroes with a surprising vulnerability..Jamie Fraser is definitely the man for you.

Many men may declare that they'd lay their lives on the line for the people they love, but when the time came, would visibly blanch at the idea. But not Jamie. He willing risked his life for those he loved, time and time again, and for a cause he believed in. He sacrificed his flesh and blood, literally, for the greater good and to protect his own. And more than anything, he loved his lifemate Claire Randall with so much passion and intensity, it makes readers yearn for such tenderness and love in their own lives.

He is the man every woman would want to love and be loved by and the man every other man would strive to be. He's fierce and courageous, hardened by the betrayals and obscenities he has suffered in his lifetime, and yet has the ability to love with his entire soul. That's the only way I can explain his unconditional, undying love for Claire, which surpasses time and space itself. Too often we see tortured heroes unable to accept some goodness in their lives for many reasons; fear of losing it, belief that they don't deserve it or that they are incapable of being loved or loving someone. In this instance, Jamie feared that he'd lose his Claire to his enemies and time itself and he believed that she deserved far better and should return to her own time..and yet, knowing all this, he held onto his Claire with both hands. His heart burned with desire and love and he wasn't scared to let Claire see. And when the time came to make some of the hardest decisions of his life, he sacrifced without hesitation to ensure that his Claire would be safe, to go on living, even if he could not.

I can't say enough how much I love Jamie Fraser, for his loyalty, for his courage, for his vulnerabilities and most of all, for loving his Claire with fierceness that warms the heart. And oh, how endearing the word Sassenach (which is what Jamie called his Claire) became throughout the series of these books.

Now if you haven't been convinced enough by my raves that Jamie Fraser belongs on the keeper shelf, here are a few quotes from the Outlander series:

"You're mine, mo duinne," he said softly, pressing himself into my depths. "Mine alone, now and forever. Mine, whether ye will it or no." I pulled against his grip, and sucked in my breath with a faint "ah" as he pressed even deeper. "Aye, I mean to use ye hard, my Sassenach," he whispered. "I want to own you, to possess you, body and soul." I struggled slightly and he pressed me down, hammering me, a solid, inexorable pounding that reached my womb with each stroke. "I mean to make ye call me 'master', Sassenach." His soft voice was a threat of revenge for the agonies of the last minutes. "I mean to make you mine." -- from Outlander

"I prayed all the way up that hill yesterday," he said softly. "Not for you to stay; I didna think that would be right. I prayed I'd be strong enough to send ye away." He shook his head, still gazing up the hill, a faraway look in his eyes.
"I said 'Lord, if I've never had courage in my life before, let me have it now. Let me be brave enough not to fall on my knees and beg her to stay.'" He pulled his eyes away from the cottage and smiled briefly at me. "Hardest thing I ever did, Sassenach."
-- from Outlander

"Don't move, Sassenach," Jamie's voice came softly, next to me. "Just for a moment, mo duinne---be still." I obligingly froze, until he touched me on the shoulder. "That's all right, Sassenach," he said, with a smile in his voice. "It's only that ye looked so beautiful, wi' the fire on your face, and your hair waving in the wind. I wanted to remember it." I turned to face him, then, and smiled at him, across the body of the child. The night was dark and cold, alive with people all around, but there was nothing where we sat but light and warmth---and each other. -- from Dragonfly in Amber

"I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you---then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest." His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me."Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well." -- from Dragonfly in Amber

Do ye not understand?" he said, in near desperation. "I would lay the world at your feet, Claire---and I have nothing to give ye!"He honestly thought it mattered. -- from Drums of Autumn

"So long as my body lives, and yours---we are one flesh," he whispered. His fingers touched me, hair and chin and neck and breast, and I breathed his breath and felt him solid under my hand. Then I lay with my head on his shoulder, the strength of him supporting me, the words deep and soft in his chest. "And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire---I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you." -- from Drums of Autumn

"I've seen ye so many times," he said, his voice whispering warm in my ear. "You've come to me so often. When I dreamed sometimes. When I lay in fever. When I was so afraid and so lonely I knew I must die. When I needed you, I would always see ye, smiling, with your hair curling up about your face. But ye never spoke. And ye never touched me." "I can touch you now." I reached up and drew my hand gently down his temple, his ear, the cheek and jaw that I could see. My hand went to the nape of his neck, under the clubbed bronze hair, and he raised his head at last, and cupped my face between his hands, love glowing strong in the dark blue eyes.
"Dinna be afraid," he said softly. "There's the two of us now." -- Voyager

"Only you," he said, so softly I could barely hear him. "To worship ye with my body, give ye all the service of my hands. To give ye my name, and all my heart and soul with it. Only you. Because ye will not let me lie---and yet ye love me." -- Voyager

And finally...

Jamie's hand still lay on mine. It tightened a little, and I glanced at him, but his eyes were still fixed somewhere past the dooryard; past the mountains, and the distant clouds. His grip tightened further, and I felt the edges of my ring press into my flesh. "When the day shall come, that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time." -- from The Fiery Cross

How can you not fall in love with this man? *dreamy sigh* Especially since he looks like this:

If you'd like to pick up this long but very worthwhile series, it's as follows:
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Until next week..




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant. You've got Jamie down perfectly. Only thing I could wish, was that you'd mentioned the humor in the books, because it's there. Caught up in the middle of all the torrents of emotions, there's both blatant humor like the Porcupine Joke, and more subtle.

Oh, and another of my favorite Quotes from Jamie: in Outlander, when he's just claimed her at the witch trial

"Do you dare to draw arms against the justice of God?" snapped the tubby little judge. Jamie drew the sword completely with a flash of steel, then thrust it point first into the ground, leaving the hilt quivering with the force of the blow.
“I draw it in defense of this woman, and the truth," he said. "If any here be against those two, they'll answer to me, and then God, in that order." The judge blinked once or twice, as though unable to credit this behavior, the surged to attack once more.
"You have no place in the workings of this court, sir; I’ll demand that you surrender the prisoner at once. Your own behavior will be dealt with presently."
Jamie looked the judges over, coolly. I could feel his heart hammering beneath my cheek as I clung to him, but his hands were rock steady; one resting on the hilt of his sword, the other on the dirk at his belt.
"As to that, sir, I swore an oath before the alter of God to protect this woman, and if you're telling me that you consider your own authority to be greater than that of The Almighty, then I must inform you that I’m no of that opinion myself."

May 14, 2007 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book....these people have made me weep tears...read untill my eyes bleed and laugh...loving every moment of it and wanting more. This book surprised me and thank god it continues on with her other books. I can only hope that they are as good as the first ! What a book !! It has only been two days since I have read Outlander....yet I stumble onto this site looking for more of Jamie and his Sassenach....I so reccomend Outlander. Heads up have a tissue handy and be able to laugh freely.....what a book !!!

December 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Rowena said...

Oh, I've only read the first book in this series and I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as other people have. I love Jamie and I loved Claire (well for the most part) but for the most part, I just wish the book had been cut in half because it would have been just as good, shorter.

But thanks for stopping by Sanctuary's Finest, if you want more book related goodness, you can join us at our new book blog, Book Binge. We love new visitors!

Thanks again and happy reading!

December 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is fun to listen to the story too.... i have a hour drive each way to work and love listening to Davina Porter narrating the Unabridged stories.. of course my kids laugh when I start talking with a bit of a scottish accent...
but the stories are fantastic.. waiting for the next one eagerly.

December 30, 2008 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these books... they're the best I've ever read. I've actually read outlander about 50 times and the others about 15 times each... Once you read them you fall in love... And then wish men like Jamie existed. LOL. Good news, there's a new book coming out called "An Echo In Bone" and you can read excerpts on the Diana Gabaldon's web page.

March 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous abdavenport said...

I started reading Outlander in July and am now in October on Breath of Snow and Ashes. I too have fallen in love with Jamie Fraser. He is both deeply male, hard, fierce, and protective, but also warm, loyal and extremely loving. I was looking online at possible pictures of who could play him in the movie when I found your site. My internal image of Jamie is hard to imagine being imbodied by a real man and put on screen (I felt much the same way with Edward Cullen from Twilight Series - and yes I have read them all!)

The Outlander series is much more than romance though. The author's details of the life of the time period in which she sets her characters brings the history to life. I have gained much insight into what my own ancestors went through both in Scotland and in settling in the colonies in North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. I am amazed that Gabaldon is not from the Carolinas due to her accurate details of the area. It is fun to know the places that she is writing about.

I can not put the books down and because of my addiction to them have a stack of books waiting at the back of the line for me to finish the whole series before I pick them up. These are books that I will keep on my shelf forever and wander back to from time to time just to visit with the characters. Speaking of characters, there are many other characters besides Jamie that you fall in love with in the books. Roger MacDonald, Young Ian, Clair, Breanna, and Even Fergus. I love how Gabaldon weaves her story around characters both small and large bringing back events that seem of no consequence to the plot at the time to make a monumental event or point later own in the same or later book. Gabaldon is a master storyteller!!

I also like her use of biological, scientific and medical details and imagery in the books. As a fellow science major in college, I feel some what a kindred sprit as goofy as that sounds.

October 28, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who's the guy in the photo? Can he act? He looks good, has slanted eyes, the big nose and his mouth could be a little wider but better than most I've seen.

April 4, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

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