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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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
Collections:Your library
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 Wind Is Never Gone: Sequels, Parodies and Rewritings of Gone with the Wind by M. Carmen Gomez-galisteo (Prinzipessa, Prinzipessa)
    Prinzipessa: This book explains Gone with the Wind and analyzes its sequels, parodies as well as the fan fiction stories based on Gone With the Wind.
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    The Legacy by Katherine Webb (tesskrose)
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    A Skeptic's Luck by A.D. Morel (A.D.Morel)
    A.D.Morel: There's this feeling of longing, that she will not quite get there, yet we are passionately rooting for the main character, we go through her travails with her.
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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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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (StarryNightElf)
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    My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Katherine by Anya Seton (avalon_today)
    avalon_today: Its about having to deal with a very strong, charismatic man. *Sigh*
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    Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig (mrstreme)
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    Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" by Alexandra Ripley (Nyxn)
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It's as racist as one would expect of a novel written in the South, in the '30s, about slave holders. But beneath that lies the depth of an American classic with an intricately complex heroine that is worthy of its place in Americana. ( )
  Birdo82 | Feb 5, 2017 |
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! Margaret Mitchell was a very talented writer taken from the world too soon, for I'm sure she could have delivered another masterpiece had she not been killed. I have seen the movie many times and loved it so it would have been very easy for me to visualize the scenes and characters anyway, however, with her vivid descriptions I'm sure anyone who has not seen the movie (I'm sure there are some out there) could also easily picture it. It may be long, but it is a definite must read classic. I'm very glad I took the time to finally read it. ( )
  lynnski723 | Dec 31, 2016 |
This book remains safely protected under the cover of a Pulitzer Prize, otherwise its raving racism would have been denounced. Anyone nowadays who dared to write a book referring to blacks as Mrs. Mitchell did, would be torn to shreds. Throughout the book Scarlet laments that her "too dear a homeland" was being "turned over to ignorant Negroes drunk with whisky and freedom." Scarlet feels toward Blacks the same way I believe modern Democrats seem to feel: Blacks are minors who can’t possibly survive without help from Whites! I hoped she would change her mindset and see the light; but Mitchell never takes the time to enlighten her character: Scarlet goes on with the same condescending attitude. The Klan was not a racist endeavor, but was created out of the concern of the good Southern whites, to deal with "insolent negroes" who were turning fond eyes on white women; paradoxically, these are the same negroes are also described as trusted, faithful, and loyal... The Yankees are just plain mean, because they wanted to give blacks the vote and believed interracial marriage should be legal. History tells us of slaves been snatched through the North from the Southern plantations and sent to Canada by these same evil Yankees. Where I live (near Lake Erie) you can still visit the houses that served as safe havens for slaves running away from their owners in the South—the "Underground Railroad"; I'm sure these fugitive slaves just misunderstood the good intentions of their owners down in the South, right? If Mitchell wanted to impart the view that Whites and Blacks are equal—which was supposedly the one she espoused—she had ample opportunity--all missed and she failed monstrously! Her book gets readings at the Margaret Mitchell's Museum in Atlanta, but I am sure only very well selected parts are read out loud. If published today, this book would have caused riots bigger than the LA ones. (It is interesting to note that President Lincoln (a White man) justified his fight against enslaving other human beings on religious grounds.) ( )
1 vote MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
Re-read. I was struck by the amount of political detail, which I must have glossed over when I read it as a teenager. Scarlett really deserves all she gets from Rhett, she toys with his affections over and over again in such a cruel manner. Why she is so devoted to that ninny Ashley I can never understand. ( )
1 vote mlfhlibrarian | Nov 7, 2016 |
Review to come. After I finish this quick "I'm done" dance. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 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.
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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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
To J. R. M.
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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.
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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