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Monday, April 5, 2010

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell~★★★★★

Author: Margaret Mitchell
Title:
Gone with the Wind
Release Date:
First published 1936; this edition released April 1st, 1999
Publisher: First published by Macmillan; this edition published by Warner Books
Genre:
Fiction

Book Cover: "The greatest love story of our time, the story of of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. Margaret Mitchell's monumental epic of the South won a Pulitzer Prize, gave rise to the most popular motion picture of our time, and inspired a sequel that became the fastest selling novel of the century. It is one of the most popular books ever written; more than 28 million copies of the book sold in more than 37 countries. Today, more than 60 years after its initial publication, its achievements are unparalleled, and it remains the most revered American saga and the most beloved work by an American writer..."

Taryn's Review: I first came across the book Gone with the Wind in my hometown's dinky little library. It was one of the few books whose title I recognized on a pathetic, half-stocked shelf. I checked it out on a hot summer day with plans to stay indoors and tackle what I considered to be a massive book.

I fell in love that day. I don't know what it was about Scarlett O'Hara that made me love her so, but her magic captivated me. She was awful to most people and totally selfish in a lot of what she does. She was sassy and manipulative and just plain dreadful, yet, you wanted to know Scarlett. She was gorgeous, spirited, and said exactly what she thought about people and the world around her, good or bad.

And how can one not love the Rhett/Scarlett storyline? It's not the traditional love story at all and maybe that's why I'm so drawn to it. It's definitely not happily-ever-after.

I don't take the book to be factual nor representative of all Southern history (or U.S. history). It's not. It's a fictional book about a very small, elite group of people, but it's a damn good one. And if you are ever bored on the internet, look up Margaret Mitchell and do a little reading about her. She wrote only one book and wanted nothing to do with the movie production of her book. Mitchell was a spitfire and has some real hot-tempered quotes out there to read. Sadly, all she wanted was privacy after the movie came out yet the wild success of the film combined with the admirers of the book made that nearly impossible. In the end, Mitchell died a tragic death at a very young age.

The movie may be classic, but the book is way better. For me, it's an escape book; a book that sweeps you away and helps you leave the 21st century for a while. The book also paid more attention to Scarlett's relationship with her parents, provided a better background story, and helped the reader understand why Scarlett loved her mother so fiercely. The book also explained how Scarlett's Irish father ended up with Tara, the plantation they all loved so much. I've read this book many, many times and yet I still get excited when I pick it up for the next reading.

3 comments:

  1. I've read the book a number of times and it just gets better. Margaret Mitchell brought a lot of history and humanity to her great American novel.
    And to follow up David Selznick did a masterful job of transferring book to film.

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  2. Thanks for writing this review... It made me pick up the book and find a new favorite!

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  3. Amanda,

    Thanks so much for reading my blog and finding a book out of it that you love. That makes my whole day! :)

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