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Rhett Butler's People
Rhett Butler's People
Author: Donald McCaig, Margaret Mitchell
A sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind". — Margaret Mitchell's story of Scarlett O'Hara's and Rhett Butler's beguiling, twisted love for each other, set against the gruesome background of a nation torn apart by war, is by all accounts epic--so much so that it feels untouchable. Yet McCaig's take on what many would consider a sacred c...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312262518
ISBN-10: 0312262515
Publication Date: 11/6/2007
Pages: 500
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 183 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 17
Well, I can't say I loved it, but I did enjoy reading it. I was surprised that the book wasn't so much GWTW from Rhett's viewpoint, but rather, it was about his family, his parents, his sister Rosemary (who's a cross between Scarlett and Melanie IMHO), his old friends, and of course, Scarlett. So that's what it means by Rhett Butler's *people*.

I was a bit disappointed that some favorite scenes from GWTW were not included in this, or were completely changed!

This book is rated PG-13, nothing racy, so if you're expecting sex scenes between Scarlett and Rhett - sorry, they're not here, but there's enough to indicate they had a passionate relationship in and out of bed. The author, has added a lot of behind the scenes scenes, especially Melanie's thoughts and they are quite an eye-ful!

The book is worth reading if you can't get enough of GWTW and it was worth reading for curiosity's sake. I recommend the book, if only to get another peek into the world of GWTW and this time around a lot of it takes place in Charleston. I think anyone who loves GWTW would enjoy this book. The author focuses a lot on slavery and reconstruction, this is a different look than Margaret Mitchell gives us. It's not as rich and detailed as GWTW, of course, but it wasn't bad either. His new characters were better defined than the characters from the original. Almost as if he didn't want to "mess" with Mitchell's originals.

I guess my one big gripe is it lacked a lot between Rhett and Scarlett during the time of GWTW. McCaig adds a whole extra part in the book after "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." The book does not end there by any means. I thought the book would be more detailed and a lot of the GWTW parts were kind of glossed over. So in that respect it was disappointing, but overall, I liked it.
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Helpful Score: 11
This was the biggest waste of time. The book could've been a 100 pages shorter. The story drug on and on. The characters were poorly defined. An overall disappointing book. I'm glad I checked it out from the library and didn't waste a credit on it here!
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Helpful Score: 6
Thank goodness for this website, because this is one of the worst books I have ever read, and I am glad to be posting it back to get rid of it. This book is as bad as Alexandra Ripley's "Scarlett." It is poorly written and the prose is just like a Danielle Steel novel. I am very disappointed that the Trust once again sold out. There is no need for a sequel to GWTW; Margaret Mitchell said what she had to say. Let us use our imaginations and decide if Scarlett and Rhett got back together.
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Helpful Score: 1
For me the characters in Gone With the Wind are so intertwined with the movie actors that I see them as I read it. In Rhett Butler's People I had a very hard time conjuring up the actors. Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, Melanie, etc. don't come off as the same people. The new characters fit into the story, but they didn't develop strongly identifiable personalities like the ones from GWTW. We hear a lot about Rhett's sister, but I didn't get a good sense of what kind of person she was or how she would react.

The scenes mentioned from the original were glossed over and only served to establish a timeline. The new parts were interesting and believable enough, given the background, and do add to the overall story.

3-3 1/2 stars-I did finish it, and of course you can't really compare it to GWTW, but I didn't love it.
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Helpful Score: 1
It's pretty slow for the frist 2-3 chapters, but an okay read. This book is good as an independant story. However, if you link it to Gone With The Wind, if falls disappointingly short.
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