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Gone with the Wind
By Margaret Mitchell
Here's the thing. I am not a huge classic reader and if it hadn't been for the long period of time where the library was not open, I wouldn't have read this. But as I did, I found myself surprisingly excited about it. However there are many things that if you cannot deal with you should not read this book. First of all, the main character is not a likable one. She's manipulative, self centered and ignorant. She makes many bad decisions, and hurts others. However, she is also strong and has a will power to survive, which is something I really admire. She is also clever and tough enough to do whatever it takes to make sure she will restore what was lost. Another person may not like it is that it is unrealistic for how slaves were treated, and the casual throw of racism. This is something where I may agree with them. Margaret Mitchell represents that part to be too nice and okay, where it is the complete opposite. You also have to remember that this is her story, and however controversial it may be, it is about what she has to say. If it is something you absolutely cannot read, do not pick up this book. But, the way she represented the reconstruction and loss of the South, wasn't exactly incorrect. One thing I feel like we are not taught as much is the reconstruction of the south. This went more in-depth with that. Lastly, the thing that might put people off, is the size. The version I read was over 1,400 pages long. For me though, the story was more about survival than romance.
This is my favorite book ever!!! It is so heart breaking and beautifully written.... love the movie too with Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable.... they play the parts perfectly!! I am glad I watched the movie first because it helped me to understand the book better and then when I read the book I used Vivian and Clark as the characters in my mind. ; ) Again, amazing book! Margaret Mitchell was the best!!
I came back to this book after hearing that HBO plans to remove the film from its line-up and reading an editorial in AlterNet in which the racist elements of the book are given as a reason to throw it out. To me this seems dangerously close to book burning. I have read many things that offended and outraged me over the years but instead of throwing them out I have learned to look at them in context -- the context of the time and society in which they were written and in the context of the author's life and body of work. Margaret Mitchell's life story shows a journey away from the racism inbred into the Southern society in which she lived. In that context Gone With The Wind takes on nuances of meaning. I think it is still worth reading. If we throw away every book that offends us in some way, eventually our library shelves will be bare and Montag will be sliding up the firehouse pole.
I know that this is a classic, and I get that it's probably a good window into what the south was like at this time, but I just could not get past the constant casual racism intrinsic in the book.
This is actually readable wowz
My favourite book now, Scarlett goes through the most of everything and I enjoyed seeing her character change
A 16-year-old gal sees a man she has not seen in TWO YEARS and decides she...LOVES HIM? She says, "Let's do this," and he declines. She hooks up with a clueless loser for revenge. Long lumbering slog of her and her encounter with Butler and pumping out THREE CHILDREN! My favoite character was Archie. This could probably not be read outloud in public for fear of violent response.
"Tomorrow is another day." "My dear, I don't give a d---." "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again!" There are so many iconic lines in this book, that I half felt I'd already read it before I finally did this year. The tale of a young Southern woman who finds her very way of life dissolving around her during the Civil War - and simultaneously finds un-dreamed-of reserves of strength within herself - this book stands as a testament to a very specific period and perspective in US history.
This sweeping saga of the American Civil War as experienced by Southern belle Scarlet O'Hara is a classic for good reason. At times it was a difficult read, as it's clear that author Margaret Mitchell was privy to a particular narrative in her Southern upbringing. Nonetheless, the story retains a beauty and elegance.
Many interesting characters and love triangles in this "Great American Novel".
Explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War.
The American Civil War was a pretty dreadful time to live. This classical literature book (very thick and full of content) shows the horrors of living through this time, through the eyes of Scarlett O'Hara. Throughout the book, her character development from a girl who had it all to a girl who lost it all is fabulously detailed. Her determination and steely personality gets her through a lot, but that is precisely what blinds her from the affection of someone who loved her dearly. I think that while her stubbornness may have been attractive to some, it was a bit irksome to read. This book has broken many hearts, and will continue to do so for a long, long time. 4/5 Stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I had read this book at an early age. This book was impressive and I liked it very much. The main character is a young girl named Scarlett. She once fell in love with a man but he married his cousin and then joined the army. Then Scarlett and his pregnant cousin began running away from panic and bad things. They have been through so many things and their relationship became really close. Scarlett found herself care about the girl. During the time, Scarlett attracted a few men and one of them loved her deeply. Scarlett turned to him for help when she needed money urgently. I would give this book a 4 out of 5.
- @Lize of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Gone with the Wind is one of the most encompassing novels I have ever read. The long, detailed writing style paints the world and characters around it to the point where life jumps off every page. Despite the length of chapters, after finishing one I would have to instantly read the next one and end up avoiding half of my plans for the day to read instead. The main character, Scarlett O’Hara, despite having problematic qualities is somebody the reader can truly root for, and whose story was greatly inspiring in her perseverance. I loved the beautiful descriptions of the settings, and how there was truly not a boring moment in the entire thousand or so pages. -@ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
It was hard putting this book down. I read it every free minute I had between work, after work, when I awoke. Despite their flaws, I grew to care for many of the characters. I admired Scarlett's passionate determination and Melanie's unwavering loyalty and enjoyed Rhett's sardonic humor.
What an amazing book. I am in awe.
This book is the first love of my life. It is an amazing epic story of the Old South, a romanticized view to be sure, but very well-written. The characters jump off the page, and are fully dimensional human beings with strengths and weaknesses.
Love her or hate her, Scarlett is an unforgettable heroine who makes the best of the circumstances that life hands her, choosing survival and dragging all those she feels responsible for along for the ride.
I love how the story ended, and I am sure our dear, determined little Scarlet eventually warmed Rhett's heart again. They are so alike; she should have realized her love sooner!! I absolutely adore every character presented; even ol' Archie, fussy maid-like Frank, and wurthles Prissy. Though, Melanie was so dear, and gracious, and she was so similar to Ellen! But, the one character I naturally dislike would probably be "that creature", Bella Watling.
It is heartbreaking how Bonnie Blue Butler died. I wasn't even expecting it anymore than Scarlet and Rhett. And for her to die in such an ironic way; the same exact way Gerald said to have died, made it even more upsetting. It was very hard to put this book down, and I enjoyed every page of it.
If you like to be swept away in a great story, look no further. This was such an enjoyable read. Scarlett is one of the most interesting complex characters and the customs and society of the south made a wonderful setting. Highly recommended if you like to lose yourself in a big book.
Always have the golden wheat fields of the farm belonging to my late father enchanted me, and even as the town in which it lay attempted to extract acre after acre from my mother after his death, we still clung to the remnants of the precious haven resting along the Marais des Cygnes River. Therefore, as Scarlett O’Hara, the fierce heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s historical fiction romance, Gone with the Wind, fended off the Yankees and the Carpetbaggers through the struggle of the Civil War and Reconstruction, I related to her valiant efforts to keep hold of her home, the last connection to her bucolic life before the war. Through the course of the narrative, her stories of home, love, and loss intrigue the heart and warm the soul all while simultaneously unfolding in vivid detail as the reader is swept back into the time of a doomed cause and the unyielding people trying to recapture the life they had before the war.
A literary masterpiece, Georgia-born Scarlett is a twist on the archetype of the Southern belle. Being cunning, very conceited, and armed with a determination stronger than her hatred for the Yankees, she manages to sculpt for the audience a story of her perseverance, and also of her tumultuous romances through it all. Understanding her far better than any other is Rhett Butler, the swarthy rogue never flinching from the title of a scoundrel. In the beginning of the book, as best stated by Cathleen Calvert, a companion of Scarlett, “Oh, Scarlett, he has the most terrible reputation” (99). The strange combination of fine breeding coupled with his questionable reputation create a compelling relationship that lasts for years.
In addition to developing complexly designed characters, Mitchell skillfully crafts rich imagery into the story, such as her description of Tara, and “the dogwood trees that were solid masses of white blossoms against the background of new green” (4). Told in a limited, third-person point of view, the author also covers twelve years of the life of Scarlett. Also, subtle foreshadowing and clever parallel episodes add to the richness of the plot. If I were to provide examples, I would be spoiling the book!
Throughout the book, the main themes intertwining to give valuable insight to the reader are that infatuation hides true love and that home comforts the wounded soul. Typically, Mitchell only exposes these themes as either love or her home begins to slip through her fingers. When one slips away, the other cradles her as she recuperates from her loss. This is evident when Scarlett, upon losing something very dear to her, proclaims, undefeated, “I’ll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then” (1037).
Doubtlessly this book transformed me into Scarlett as I poured through the pages. This, paired with the artistry apparent in the foreshadowing, imagery, and parallel episodes, coupled with the relatable, complexly designed characters, cause me to offer my recommendation of this book. Any reader who can envelop themselves in the pages of a book or assimilate themselves in the identity and circumstance of the characters will deeply enjoy this fine piece of literature. All in all, before reading, prepare to fade into the dream of Scarlett and twelve years of love, loss, and finding home.
Gone with the wind is perhaps the best known historical fiction written about the times of the civil war. It is a bit long, but a good read non the less. I enjoyed the detailed imagery. It made me feel as it I were really in the south. I was able to forgive Scarlet's dreadful, snotty attitude, and enjoy the book anyway. In a way, its kinda nice to see a main character whose not the perfect, strong female that will save the day eventually.
I read this book because it is one of my friend's favourites. I hadn't ever seen the movie so aside from "I don't give a damn" I wasn't sure what to expect. I am so glad that I liked it. Scarlett is certainly an unforgettable character. The book itself was compelling and at points I could not put it down. I found it interesting to read of the customs, traditions and expectations of gender roles at the time.
What I hate: the novel's whining, weeping, scheming and egocentric heroine.
What I love: the end of the novel.
"Rhett, Rhett... Rhett, if you go, where shall go? What shall I do?"
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn..."
This novel reveals in detail how cruel, bloody, and ruthless the American civil war was, but it had nothing on Scarlett O'Hara. She finds herself only after losing everyone else. A true classic.
I think this book is really good. The beginning was a little slow and confusing. I was about to stop reading it, but I'm glad I didn't. The rest of the story was totally worth the wait. After I finished it, I felt like I knew Scarlett myself. It is also written in really good detail.
I read this book 20 years ago when I was 19, and it remains one of a handful of my favorite books.