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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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I was a teen when I stayed up all night to finish this book. Had to practically prop my eyes open with toothpicks. So my evaluation is from a teens viewpoint. ( )
  mhmr | Apr 17, 2014 |
I have said many times that this is my favorite book of all time :) Scarlett, though a completely spoiled well to do bitchy little girl, is one smart cookie, & when the war breaks out, she does what her devious little mind tells her she has to do in order to survive it. She is definitely NOT a good role model for motherhood, & even Rhett tells her that a mother cat has better instincts than she does. i found that absolutely hilarious. BUT, that not withstanding, she IS a role model for courage under fire. Yes, she spends the majority of the book mooning over Ashley, but in her defense, I felt that Ashley was a weak man who actually led her on because even though he did what was expected & married Melanie, he did love Scarlett for her brightness, her quirkiness, & her spirit, & just couldn't tell her definitively that he loved Melanie & there was no hope for her. Had he manned up at the beginning, I think Scarlett would have left him alone & moved on to happiness with Rhett. ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
Nobody can deny that Gone With the Wind is a sweeping story of the south during its time of greatest upheaval. In this novel, Margaret Mitchell created a rich story of unrequited love, war-time tragedy, personal loss, and dogged determination to thrive in the midst of chaos and destruction. The novel covers an impressive span of time, and bridges the distance between the antebellum south and the aftermath of the bloody and destructive Civil War.

Of course, Mitchell also created a colossally selfish main character in Scarlett O'Hara, and an extremely one-sided depiction of life in the Civil War south. Scarlett is a woman who will go to any length to create a comfortable lifestyle for herself, and she operates without any regard for her family and friends or the suffering of those around her. Scarlett's cruelty and selfishness are thinly veiled under the guise of Scarlett's "passion for life". But even more upsetting, Mitchell glorifies the southern plantations and slave owners' lifestyles, and villainizes anything and everything that threatens that lifestyle. The long and horrible history of slavery in the United States is glossed over completely in Gone With the Wind, and Mitchell justifies her portrayal of the south by creating African American characters who actually want to serve Scarlett and her family, and who feel lost without their subservient roles. This narrative is a sweeping saga, yes, but Mitchell's specialty seems to be sweeping the inhumane treatment of slaves under the rug.

The only positive thing that can be said for the book is that it reads quickly, and it is extremely easy to get engrossed in the story. Even as you cringe at Mitchell's blatant racism and idealistic view of the south, it is a book that makes you want to keep reading. ( )
  CinnamonandGinger | Apr 8, 2014 |
Another fabulous book perhaps made more fabulous by the iconic film. Honestly, it's hard to say which is better. Despite the film this is still truly worth the read.

The characters are more complex and interesting in the novel - though the movie remains true to the story. You have to overlook the idealized version of slavery that the book presents - it's not right, but it makes a damn good story.

Read it. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
It's "Gone with the Wind" man. Just go with it. ( )
  mlyons1 | Feb 12, 2014 |
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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.
added by Shortride | editTime (Jul 6, 1936)
 
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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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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