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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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Gone With the Wind (original 1936; edition 1999)

by Margaret Mitchell (Author)

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After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
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Title:Gone With the Wind
Authors:Margaret Mitchell (Author)
Info:Warner Books (1999), Edition: Reprint, 1024 pages
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

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    The Wind Done Gone 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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    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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    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (GCPLreader, fulner)
    GCPLreader: melodrama in the midst of war and the invasion (and burning!) of a major city
    fulner: rich people sit around and talk about war as if it didn't matter
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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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    Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (Lapsus_Linguae)
    Lapsus_Linguae: Both main heroines are strong-willed independent women who take up entrepreneurship.
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    The Legacy by Katherine Webb (tesskrose)
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    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (StarryNightElf)
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    Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (fulner)
    fulner: The amount of similarities between the girls of antebellum South in Gone with the Wind and the Indian girls in Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows is striking.
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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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    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 by Alexandra Ripley (Nyxn)
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Wow. Just...wow. That's the only way I can describe this book.

Gone With the Wind starts by bringing us into the year 1861, not too long before the civil war begins. Scarlett is a popular southern belle, always getting the male attention and everything she wants... except for one Ashley Wilkes. This is just the beginning of the troubles Scarlett will endure over the coming years and let me tell you, this book takes you on a hell of a journey.

[full review on my blog] ( )
  genieinanovel | Sep 15, 2020 |
One of the longest and best-written book I have ever read. ( )
  damivik | Aug 16, 2020 |
Offensive.
  AAAO | Aug 8, 2020 |
Histrionic Personality Disorder marries a Sadist. Hilarity ensues. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
Oh yes, this book is evil incarnate: racism in its bones, sexism in its blood, revisionism embedded in its flesh. I should hate it in all its slavery-justifying, rape-loving, oppression-entrenching glory.

But I don't. I love it. This is a novel of unparalleled historical, emotional, and socio-political depth while simultaneously functioning as a superb eyewitness account (well, close) of a bygone era AND a wonderfully readable novel of war and romance. How often do you come across a book with such taut storylines, such unforgettable characters and so much nail-biting suspese that also manages to be historically instructive and philosophically thought-provoking? It's everything a classic should be.

So even though it espouses some of the most horrific politics imaginable, this book ought to be read and appreciated on its own terms. Never was there a better example of greatness in literature so transcending that it can trample the values closest to our hearts and still remain great. ( )
  nandiniseshadri | Jul 12, 2020 |
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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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Mitchell, Margaretprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Auterinen, MaijaliisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beheim-Schwarzbach, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roldanus, Willem Jacob AarlandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stahl, BenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.

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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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