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Gone with the Wind (original 1936; edition 2007)

by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface)

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Title:Gone with the Wind
Authors:Margaret Mitchell
Other authors:Pat Conroy (Preface)
Info:Scribner (2007), Edition: 1st Scribner Trade Pbk. Ed, Paperback, 960 pages
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Tags:Pulitzer Prize, 20th Century

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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

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    The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by Alice Randall (lquilter, petersonvl)
    lquilter: This work was rewritten to tell the other side of Gone With the Wind, the story that Mitchell elided with her romanticized view of racism and slavery and its "happier when they were slaves" survivors. The Mitchell estate chose to sue for copyright infringement, but lost because the court recognized that this work is an important critical commentary on Gone with the Wind, and the beliefs that animated the original.… (more)
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    Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (avalon_today)
    avalon_today: They are both scandalous women. It’s a love hate relationship.
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    Jubilee by Margaret Walker (lquilter)
    lquilter: Jubilee is the true story of the author's great grandmother, a woman born to slavery as the daughter of a slave and a white slave-owner. She acted as servant to her white sister, and was a witness to antebellum life, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
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    Oh, Kentucky! by Betty Layman Receveur (blonderedhead)
    blonderedhead: Strong female heroine in a sweeping, romantic and exciting historical fiction novel. I loved both books...and think others might, too.
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    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (GCPLreader)
    GCPLreader: melodrama in the midst of war and the invasion (and burning!) of a major city
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    The Winds of Tara: The Saga Lives On by Katherine Pinotti (veracity)
    veracity: 'Winds of Tara' is an unauthorised sequel to 'Gone with the Wind'.
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    Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson (theshadowknows)
    theshadowknows: These books share a similar epic, sweeping feel in bringing to life a lost and fading ideal (the American frontier in Heart of the West and the old, genteel south in Gone with the Wind.)
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    Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind by Alexandra Ripley (Nyxn)
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“Scarlett O'Hara no era bella, pero los hombres no solían darse cuenta de eso hasta que se sentían ya cautivos de su embrujo.”

2016 Reading Challenge #04: A book you haven't read since high-school.

Lo que el viento se llevó: la historia de como el orgullo puede destruir una vida. Una tumultuosa historia de amor capaz de romperle el alma a cualquiera (haciendo horrocruxes: 1,2,3, así de fácil!).



Leí este libro por primera vez cuando tenía 13 años y, como todo lo que se lee a esa edad tan impresionable, me marcó para siempre.

Luego de eso lo releí innumerables veces. Pero solo mis escenas favoritas: la barbacoa en Doce Robles, la rifa, la huida durante la caída de Atlanta, la visita en la cárcel, la petición de matrimonio y todo lo que pasa después de la boda. En definitiva, todos los momentos Rhett-Scarlett y nada más.

Esta es mi primera relectura total y absoluta. Y me di cuenta de cuantas cosas pase por alto hace 12 años atrás: el intenso y fanático patriotismo, la arraigada creencia en el honor, el profundo pero contradictorio racismo...

“¡Que estúpidos eran los negros! Nunca se les ocurría nada. ¡Y pensar que los yanquis querían liberarlos!”

“Los yanquis ignoran que los
negros son como niños, que hay que tratarlos con dulzura, dirigirlos, ser amables con ellos, mimarlos, reñirlos cariñosamente. No los quieren, no tienen confianza en ellos, no los comprenden y, sin embargo, no dejan de gritar a todos los vientos que los sudistas no saben tratarlos.

Scarlett tenía más confianza en los negros que en la mayor parte de los blancos, y desde luego mucho más que en cualquier yanqui. Había en ellos una lealtad, un apego sin límites, un amor que nada podía alterar, que ninguna suma de dinero podía comprar.”

Un racismo romantizado, pero jamás impuesto al lector. La historia no te obliga a entenderlo, ni justificarlo. Solo aceptarlo como un hecho que fue.

Y no es el racismo lo único contradictorio, sino también: la guerra, la moral, el miedo y la soledad. Lo que el viento se llevó, da para un análisis digno de una tesis. Con sus numerosos temas, sus distintos matices y perspectivas, y sus diversos personajes. Tantos personajes que resulta increíble pensar que Miss Mitchell haya sido capaz de darles profundidad a cada uno, pero lo hizo.

Desde la dulce y perfecta madre que esconde un oscuro corazón roto. Pasando por la prostituta bondadosa, el asesino misogino que ama sentirse necesitado, el esposo caballeroso y perfecto que ama a su mujer pero desea a otra, la dulce dama capaz de dar muerte a un hombre sin remordimiento. Hasta cada uno de los vecinos, que se complementan y dan realismo con sus múltiples y antagónicos defectos y valores.

Y, en medio de todo eso, los venenosos, encantadores y orgullosos: Rhett y Scarlett.

“Ambos nos parecemos muchos. Somos, querida, unos renegados y unos pícaros egoístas. A ninguno de ambos nos importa un comino que el mundo se vaya al diablo, siempre que nosotros quedemos salvos y cómodos.”
Capaces de amar y hacer sufrir como nadie.

“El no quiere tu alma, el muy idiota, y yo no quiero tu cuerpo. Puedo comprar los cuerpos de mujeres que quiera, y baratos. Pero quiero tu corazón y tu alma, y nunca los tendré. Lo mismo que tú no tendrás nunca la mente de Ashley. Y por eso es por lo que te compadezco.”
Nunca he leído dos personajes tan despreciables, viles y egoístas capaces de provocar un sentimiento más profundo de admiración y esta necesidad, casi instintiva, de querer protegerlos de ellos mismos hasta (el desgarrador pero necesario y perfecto) final.



Un clásico que nos muestra una ventana a la destrucción de un ideal y el inicio de un nuevo mundo. Que nos envuelve con dudosas morales y aún más dudosos honores, y nos hace querer permanecer allí por siempre. Que está repleta de personajes inolvidables, paisajes mágicos y sueños rotos. Y que tiene la historia de amor más épica que pueda existir.

“Con el espíritu de su raza, que se niega a reconocer la derrota, aún cuando la mire fijamente, cara a cara, Scarlett levanto la cabeza.”


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Puedes leer la antigua, y repleta de spoilers, reseña original haciendo click aqui:Comencé este libro cuatro veces, sin lograr pasar mas allá de las primeras páginas. Las conversaciones de la guerra me aburrían mortalmente, pero no había más libros en casa así que me decidí a hacer el esfuerzo. No me arrepiento. Una vez llegue a la escena de la barbacoa en Doce Robles, no pude parar.

¿Como no amar una historia así?:

Scarlett: Soy la más bella. Todos los hombres del condado me aman. Todos menos Ashley, y yo amo es a Ashley.

Ashley: Si te amo.

Scarlett: Casémonos entonces.

Ashley: No puedo, debo casarme con mi prima Melanie. No la amo pero en mi familia siempre nos casamos entre primos. Tenemos una reputación de aspecto enfermo que defender.

Scarlett: Te odio Ashley Wilkes. Largate.

Rhett: Hola. Escuche todo. Te estoy imaginando desnuda. Nunca me casaría contigo pero ¿quieres ser mi amante?

Scarlett: Te odio Rhett Butler. Largate.


Scarlett se casa con Charles.

Comienza la guerra.

Charles muere.

Scarlett pasa hambre.


Scarlett: Juro que nunca más volveré a pasar hambre. Le robaré el novio millonario a mi hermana y me casaré yo con el.

Scarlett se casa con Frank.

Frank muere.


Scarlett: Ashley te amo. Abandona a Melanie. Huyamos.

Ashley: También te amo. Nunca podré abandonar a Melanie, soy un cobarde.

Scarlett: Odio a Melanie.


Rhett: Scarlett casate conmigo.

Scarlett: Rhett yo te odio.

Rhett: También te odio, solo deseo tu cuerpo. Ademas recuerda que soy millonario.

Scarlett: Ok, con eso me convenciste. Me casaré contigo sólo por tu dinero y podrás usar mi cuerpo mientras yo sigo amando a Ashley.


Scarlett se casa con Rhett.

Scarlett y Rhett tienen una hija llamada Bonnie.

Rhett: Te amo Scarlett. Me has hecho muy feliz.

Scarlett: El embarazo me dejó gorda. Es tu culpa Rhett, te odio.

Bonnie muere.


Scarlett: Ashley acabo de darme cuenta que no te amo. Amo es a Rhett.

Ashley: Yo también me he dado cuenta que no te amo. Amo es a Melanie. Celebremos dándonos un abrazo.

Ven a Scarlett y Ashley abrazados. Le dicen a Rhett y a Melanie que estan siendo engañados.


Melanie: Scarlett, querida, se que eres incapaz de eso. Tu eres un angel.

Scarlett: Te amo Melanie.

Melanie muere.


Scarlett: Rhett, Melanie murió.

Rhett: Debes estar feliz, ahora puedes largarte con Ashley.

Scarlett: No, ya no lo amo. Te amo es a ti.

Rhett: Lastima yo ya no te amo.

Scarlett: Pero que yo SÍ te amo.

Rhett:


*Inserte aquí millones de lagrimas mientras leía este final*

Llore tanto que las ultimas paginas de mi libro quedaron irremediablemente manchadas. Mis sentimientos irremediablemente desechos. Y mi corazón irremediablemente conquistado.

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  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
Well, I've read it. It is gripping, and the descriptions of antebellum and post-War Atlanta are quite astounding. The childbirth scenes, especially in a hot, humid bedroom are enough to make one grateful that we have survived as a species.

My gripe? Too many characters begun and then dropped off of the palette. A character comes who buys Tara by marrying Scarlett's sister . . . and then he disappears in the volume, as an example. It just bugs me, because there is so much that is complete, well-researched, and the extraneous characters just emerge to keep the story moving or to get Ms. Mitchell out of an author's bind.

Still, it's worth reading, if only because it is a classic. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
The civil war. A beautiful woman at the height of selfishness. The love and death of home and land. Society wound up so tight an improper wink could undo you. Destruction, tragedy, political corruption, truth, lies, life, death, love, loss, big changes, new beginnings, intermingled with never ending cycles. All of this helps make Gone with the wind what it is: an epic novel that will never be forgotten, that will forever be loved, cherished, and discovered with delight by new readers for ages.

I am one of those new readers. In my early thirties I’ve finally read the rather intimidating sized tomb that speaks of southern charm twisted with the civil war and all the tragedies that surrounded it. Of course I’ve seen the film – several times – and I always loved the story. Scarlett O’Hara is far from the typical heroine. She’s easier to hate than to enjoy, her thought processes are understandable but leave the reader cold. Her motivations are for the sake of survival, but her climb toward the top still leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Even before she does what she has to because she ‘has to’, she’s not likeable. Her spoiled demeanor and enjoying being the main twinkle in every man’s eye at the barbecue, taking away boyfriends from all the women without a twinge of conscience, makes it easier to sympathize with the rest than with her.

Margaret Mitchell did a unique thing by taking an unlikeable woman and making it her story. It’s sort of a destructive, moral lesson tale that you can’t look away from, a literary train wreck impossible to ignore. While the movie had her spawn one beautiful, endearing child, the book showed her to have three kids instead. One from Charles, one from Frank, and finally one from Rhett. She was a horrible mother and some of the more heart wrenching scenes was poor Wade trying to psychologically adapt during the war. Ella is rarely mentioned and holds no scenes at all (unusual). I was especially irked when Scarlett was told a terrible tragedy by someone trying to help her, who sympathized with her plight, but was impatient through the tragedy to be on with her business. Even if Scarlett isn’t likeable with her thoughts, her motivations, and her outlook, she’s still fun as hell to read about.

Rhett shines as a fascinating leading man. When he’s on the page, the paper almost shines. He steals the scenes and his dialogue especially amused me. Some say they are both evil in reviews and neither deserve happiness; I disagree. To me Rhett did have heart, he did have feelings, but he still enjoyed shunning a society which shunned him first. He spoke from intellectual insight and common sense, not letting falsely inflated southern pride puff him up to rush into a battle that had such poor odds. He didn’t mind speaking his mind, no matter how unpopular that mindset was. He did eagerly make money off societies failing, and without apology reveled in the riches he made from the war where it could be made. Still, he clearly hated the war, he warned against it, he hated the tragedy sowed. He was respectful to Mammie and her role in Scarlett’s life, he loved his daughter, he genuinely loved the spoiled woman his heart became cursed by.

Gone with the Wind is over 1000 pages, and inside those pages the author manages to somehow cram an amazing amount of events while expertly shuffling intriguing inner dialogue and emotional moments that soared without growing boring, dull, or lagging the tale. Her writing style is easily absorbed, she had a natural knack with dialogue, and the scenes merged together flawlessly. She took care to give different insights during the civil war from all sides that I hadn’t considered before.

The ending is haunting. It was the suiting ending that fit the story, summed up the moral lesson, brought to head the tragic tale of a spoiled main character reaping her spoils. But…even so, the romantic in me yearns for a happy ending she doesn’t deserve. I think it’s mainly because my heart laid with Rhett and it was such a bitter turnout. The ending speech and exchange with the light dying from his eyes shook me. In interviews Mitchell was asked if they reunited - in one version she said no, in another she said maybe. Scarlett's determination was fierce, but Rhett's mind was also all his own. The child’s death was painful. The war was bitter and horrible and all that war really is. Society was so twisted and strange back then, which I find with most historical novels. They would hate to be born in our age, and I thank God I wasn’t born in theirs.

Gone with the Wind didn’t disappoint me at all. It’s impossible to sum up what makes this book so special. I included just some of the traits and events, but there are so many more, the characters being so rich they easily come to life in the reader’s mind, the tragedy is truly felt, the lessons experienced even if those with a conscience don’t need to experience them. It’s easy to see why this story has become such a legend that holds through the ages. The movie suffered a bit from melodrama, but the book not at all. I can’t recommend the novel highly enough. Sure, she didn't write this during the civil war, but the age in which is was written was antiquated with its moral outlook. Outstanding work by a talented author trying so many different sorts of viewpoints and personalities, especially in such a sheltered age.
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  Paperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
It is a great book. I read it some time ago but haven't forgotton the story. I seen the movie which I also thought was great.....Margaret Mitchell wrote it to be memorable//unforgettable......

Review: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This was a re-read for me. I thought is fantastic and better this time around then years earlier. Margaret Mitchell created a masterpiece to be read for decades to come. The profound and intense telling of American’s struggle of the passing away in blood and ashes, of the grand old South. Mitchell wrote of the historical background skillfully and vividly clear of meaning. The story was told with such naturalness and emotions, brightened by such understanding, sought-after of the vestige of history, and of disciplined imagination, is continually fascinating.

The characters are abundantly alive with two exciting main characters that keeps the story fruitful with fury periodic throughout the novel. The story was full of melodramatic episodes and startling crises, and the Civil War demons and good spirits of heroism. It was a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances as; hunger, poverty, illnesses, fighting, killing, burning of homes and the loss of land.

After the war was over the State of Georgia was unstable for those who stayed behind in Atlanta and new-comer’s who invaded the city. The author gave us people to love, people to dislike, the differences in political opinions, and various volumes of historic data to keep wanting more knowledge to keep reading on. I enjoyed this novel and I believe many others as the future moves on will enjoy reading such a magnificence Book. ( )
1 vote Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Gone with the Wind is an American War & Peace. This is serious literature, which won the Pulitzer prize, no less. Most people don't see past the epic plot (which isn't as cut and dried as you may think) or the love story, but this is no less than a successfull attempt to reclaim a discarded culture. It is not about crinoline and lace, it is about the Apocalypse and how losers of the counter-revolution must learn to live in a place where all their politics, personal or civil, are demolished. Scarlett O'Hara is popular because she is an American, driven, materialistic, sentimental and utterly ruthless. Rhett Bulter is the tragic character of this book; the way of life and ideals he disdained are killing him, and he suffers like no one else in this post-apocalyptic landscape. His departure at the end is an act of contrition as much as a romantic failure; he had tried to recreate the materialism of the ante-bellum world, but negeclected the spirituality (such as it is) of men like Ashley Wilkes. Both men, the dreamer and the realist end up alone in a very sterile place. This book is proto-feminist as well. Scarlett survives, even as everything around her dies, but in the end, she too is alone.

The author's use of prose was beautiful, all the scenes and action came alive. Some will be offended by the racism in the book, but that's how things were back then. Sugar coating it would have ruined the story reducing it to a Harlequin romance.

This is an incredibly well written book about the death of a civilization and the struggles to survive in the new era. This is a book that should not be missed, particulary those who enjoy historical fiction. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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An old fashioned, romantic narrative with no Joycean or Proustian nonsense about it, the novel is written in a methodical style which fastidious readers may find wearying. But so carefully does Author Mitchell build up her central character of Scarlett O'Hara, and her picture of the times in which that wild woman struggled, that artistic lapses seem scarcely more consequential than Scarlett's many falls from grace.
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This is beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best.
 
The historical background is the chief virtue of the book, and it is the story of the times rather than the unconvincing and somewhat absurd plot that gives Miss Mitchell's work whatever importance may be attached to it.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Ralph Thompson (pay site) (Jun 30, 1936)
 

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Ein Mensch ist in seinem Leben wie Gras/er blühet wie eine Blume auf dem Felde;/wenn der Wind darüber geht, so ist sie nimmer da,/ und ihre Stätte kennet sie nicht mehr. Psalm 103
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Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm, as the Tarleton twins were.
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As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again. (Scarlett)
I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies. (Prissy)
After all, tomorrow is another day.
My dear, I don't give a damn.
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This LT work is for Margaret Mitchell's original 1936 novel, Gone with the Wind. Please distinguish it both from partial copies of the work (one or another volume from a 2, 3 or 4-volume set) and from the 1939 movie version of the same name. Thank you.
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Set in Georgia at the time of the Civil War, this is the story of headstrong Scarlett O'Hara, her three marriages and her determination to keep her father's property of Tara, despite the vicissitudes of war and passion.
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An anniversary edition of Margaret Mitchell's timeless classic.

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An epic story of the South's fight to maintain its way of life during the Civil War years. Scarlett O'Hara and her family are amongst the ladies and gentlemen at the Twelve Oaks Plantation's ball before the Civil War begins. Scarlett's love for one man keeps her from seeing the love that another man truly has for her. As the South finally crumbles around her, Scarlett devises a way to overcome starvation in order to save herself and her family.… (more)

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