Scarlett : The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind"
Scarlett The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Author:Alexandra Ripley Copyright 1991 Stephens Mitchell Trusts 18505 — Scarlett ran to Rhett and held her arms up to embrace him. "I've missed you so," she said. — Rhett circled her wrists with his hands and lowered her arms to her sides. "Don't, Scarlett" he said. "Nothing's changed." his voice was quiet. — Scarlett was incapable of such restraint. "What do you mean?" s... more »he cried loudly.
Rhett winced. "Don't force me to say it again, Scarlett. You know full well what I mean."
"I don't know. I don't believe you. You can't be leaving me, not really. Not when I love you and need you so awfully. Oh, Rhett, don't just look at me that way. Why don't you put your arms around me and comfort me? you promised Mammy."
Rhett shook his head, a faint smile on his lips. "You are such a child, Scarlett. You've known me all these years, and yet, when you want to, you can forget all you've learned. It was a lie. I lied to make a dear old woman's last moments happy. Remember, my pet, I'm a scoundrel, not a gentleman."
He walked toward the door.
"Don't go, Rhett, please," Scarlett sobbed. Then she put both hands over her mouth to stop herself. She'd never be able to respect herself if she begged him again. She turned her head sharply, unable to bear the sight of him leaving. She saw the triumph in Suellen's eye and the pity in Will's. "He'll be back," she said, holding her head high.
"He always comes back." If I say it often enough, she thought, maybe I'll believe it. Maybe it will be true.
This was a better-than-average attempt at a sequel, and considering that it was not written by the author of the original, it's pretty good. However, it does not rise to the level of the original. Gone With the Wind is true literature - wonderful, readable literature, but literature nonetheless. This book is ... not. Few sequels can stand up to the original, and this one is no exception. It's a fun read, but it doesn't have the depth and breadth of the original.
Everyone told me not to bother with this book but I found it at the thrift store for a quarter and figured, what the heck. I completely loved it. It was Scarlett to a T. It had adventures and predicaments and Scarlett being Scarlett. Since I didn't expect much I didn't mind that Rhett isn't around in most of the book. Besides, when he is there, it's him to a T and he's wonderful. This book is about Scarlett growing up. I highly recommend it.
For anyone whoever read the first and original" Gone With The Wind" I am sure that they found this book a big disappointment as much as I did. The movie for this book was a joke too. I do not recommend it at all.