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Gone with the Wind (Book)

A book by Margaret Mitchell published in 1936.

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Frankly my dear, "You should read this book"

  • Jul 14, 2010

I am very emotionally attached to this book. I read it for the first time when I was 12 and will continue to read it at least once a year. I read somewhere that it is the only book ever written by Margaret Mitchell. I like to think it is written about her grandmother or other close relative as the characters are so fully developed.

I personally would recommend this book as required reading for a high school lit class. I understand the length would prevent most students from ever finishing. I would recommend it becasue the story and characters are so common and well known that it is aggravating to me to hear someone say, I know that story but I never read the book. I always recommend this book to someone who is separating or has broken from a former relationship. This is a story of love lost.

The setting is pre-civil War through Reconstruction. It is fiction but the settings and the descriptions could be non-fiction. The setting of Tara and Twelve Oaks, two plantations near Altlanta, gives such a different perspective to a war novel. This novel is about war, but it is written about the main character Scarlett. She not only has to fight her own personal war with her love life, but she also fights a war against the collapse of a world and life that she knows. 

 The story of Scarlett and her determination to love Ashley and his lust for her is timeless. As we follow Scarlett through her schemes and dreams of Ashley, the reader can see themselves in so many of Scarlett's traits. The reader cannot understand how she can hold on to a love for Ashley for so long without giving up. As she marries and is widowed and marries and is widowed, she continues to stay close to Ashely. Then she marries Rhett.  She is perfectly capable of making her life with Rhett a success but is unwilling to let go of her dreams of Ashley. 

 This book is the best book I have ever read for character development. Each character is so richly developed and true to description. The characters are definatley based on real people as they are so true to life. The characters of the slaves are so beleivable and loveable. Scarlett is also so true to life that I found myself in her various times. 

The only other book that I would rate better than this book is the Holy Bible.

The movie is a classic also as it was done in 1939. It could never be redone in modern times as the slaves and other characters would not have the depth that they did in that era. The movie is passable but again, if you have read the book, the movie is mostly an abridged version. Entertaining but missing so much of the story.

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July 17, 2010
I love Gone With the Wind! Unfortunately I never read the book, but I watched the old movie back when I was 10 years old. Now just the thought of it makes me nostalgic! Back then I think my favorite part was the costumes, as a little girl I always wanted to wear the pouffy dresses. Perhaps when the kids are all grown up I'll have the time to actually sit down and read the book :)
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review by . July 02, 2010
I can’t remember how many times now I have read this book already, yet I always do it with pleasure and I am always captivated to read it till late hours in the night, like the first time.       In the beginning Scarlett was my favourite and I found it easy to identify with her. Perky, strong-headed, strong will, maybe superficial in her flirtations, a girl who grew from the innocent dreams and vanity of the adolescence, forced to mature in a chaotic world where all …
review by . July 01, 2010
When I was thirteen years old and on a family trip to Disney World, we pulled over at a Wal-Mart and my mom bought this book for me.  At first, as most people are, I was startled by how long it was and then I really looked at the cover.  It was that classic picture of Scarlett and Rhett locked in an embrace as Atlanta burns behind them, and I will admit I judged the book by its cover.  At thirteen it was the most risqué cover I had seen and I couldn’t believe my mom …
review by . June 21, 2010
(Slight spoiler alert: if you've never seen the movie you might find this tells you a bit more than you want to know; if you have seen it, read the book anyway-- there is so much more to the book than the movie contained!)          The first chapter of Gone With The Wind is an amazing exercise in the art of writing.  It begins with the challenging statement that "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when captivated by …
Quick Tip by . October 18, 2010
Gone with the Wind is a poignant story, and a remarkable work of literature that is intense and timeless; it translated remarkably and seamlessly.
review by . July 12, 2010
     *IMMEDIATE SPOILER ALERT* BEWARE!      The North wins the war.  There I said it.  The lowlife, carpet bagging, Yankees kicked the inbred, cousin marrying,  Southern Boys collective butts.  I'm so glad we got that out of the way.      The worst (and by worst I mean psychologically detrimental) war this country has ever seen, is the backdrop to this Margaret Mitchell epic.  In it we follow the adventures of Miss …
review by . July 07, 2010
Probably one of my favorite books of all time, this book is quite the read. It is super lengthy and should be undertaken at the reader's own risk. Haha, with that being said it was definitely worth the read. Even though it was written some time ago, it is very informational about the civil war time period and the basic theme is still relevant to today. There are some slow parts but there is a for sure reason for it being a classic. Scarlett is a very likeable character and has an interesting …
review by . June 26, 2010
Gone with the Wind makes really unforgettable reading. It makes  a very deep impression on the reader. The author of the book is Margaret Mitchell.      This book can’t be named just “one more love story”.   This is a story about the American Civil War, those times, those people who’d lost a lot of in the war – the closest people, their families, native land, income…       So many different types …
review by . June 29, 2010
 I read this book several times.  It is a fictional depiction of the Civil War escapes.  Everytime I have read it I enjoy it more.   The main character Scarlett O'Hara portas the main character who is a bit spoiled.  She is used to getting everything she desires including males suitors.  The story is very close in similarity to the movie which I have seen many times.   Itis a long book, over 1000 pages, but I have enjoyed it.
review by . July 24, 2010
I've loved this book for as long as I can remember.  I read it as a child, in my teens and 20s, and recently again.  The classis story of men and women trying to get along, despite everything going on around them.  As much as I loved the book, I never wanted to see a sequel or Scarlett and Rhett getting back together.  The unnecessary sequel could never do the original justice.             
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
I do not think that anything can be done to improve this classic. It is absolutely flawless.
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Novel by Margaret Mitchell, published in 1936. Gone With the Wind is a sweeping, romantic story about the American Civil War from the point of view of the Confederacy. In particular it is the story of Scarlett O'Hara, a headstrong Southern belle who survives the hardships of the war and afterwards manages to establish a successful business by capitalizing on the struggle to rebuild the South. Throughout the book she is motivated by her unfulfilled love for Ashley Wilkes, an honorable man who is happily married. After a series of marriages and failed relationships with other men, notably the dashing Rhett Butler, she has a change of heart and determines to win Rhett back. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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