Gone with the Wind Author:Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Win... more »d does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives.
In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.« less
I read this book with a group for an online read-along. I was really surprized how much I enjoyed reading this book! If you've seen the movie, you will still like the book, as there was a lot cut out for the movie. The motives of Scarlett are very clear, and we see the Civil War almost entirely through her eyes. There is very little of the book that is written from the viewpoints of the others. This allows us to be surprised by the events in the book.
One warning, though. This book is written from the point of view of the southern white aristocracy, and there is a lot of overt racism in the book. So if that sort of thing will bother you (even if it's appropriate for the times and characters in the book), I wouldn't recommend it.
My all-time favorite book. I have at least three copies. I'm so happy to share this. Although this book is billed as a love story, it doesn't read like a typical sappy love story at all. There is so much more to it. Scarlett O'Hara is one of the most unlikable characters ever, but you can't help rooting for her. What she goes through is unbelievable. Rhett Butler is the bad boy with the heart of gold.
The love story of Rhett and Scarlet is a five star keeper, imho. The history is biased, but interesting. Nothing bored me with this story, but you have to take into consideration that it was written in the 1920's and 1930's(I believe it took the author more than 10 years to write) about the South during the Civil War from a strictly Southern point of view. Still, the love story is so captivating, and the characters in the book are so interesting, I would categorize this as a classic novel.
Wonderful saga of a Southern woman and her familie's struggle during the beginning of the civil war. Scarlett O'Hara's struggles with men and survival after the war are timeless and famous because of the movie epic'Gone With the Wind'. If you've seen the movie, you'll love the book!
Once I got over the shock of the racist language and settled down into the time period in which this book is set (1860s), I was absolutely carried away by Margaret Mitchell's story. Multiple times throughout the book I thought to myself: "There is no wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize. It deserved it!" The character development was absolutely fantastic. This is so very evident when you read the reviews. How else could readers form such strong opinions? I was also thrilled with the history lessons on the Civil War and Reconstruction in the South that were woven throughout the story. As a resident of the South, I immensely enjoy southern fiction and this novel shoots to the top of my list of favorites.