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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (9 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330323490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330323499
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Gone with the Wind" is one of those rare books that we never forget. We read it when we're young and fall in love with the characters, then we watch the film and read the book again and watch the film again and never get tired of revisiting an era that is the most important in our history. Rhett and Scarlet and Melanie and Ashley and Big Sam and Mammy and Archie the convict are characters who always remain with us, in the same way that Twain's characters do. No one ever forgets the scene when Scarlet wanders among the wounded in the Atlanta train yard; no one ever forgets the moment Melanie and Scarlet drag the body of the dead Federal soldier down the staircase, a step at a time. "Gone with the Wind" is an epic story. Anyone who has not read it has missed one of the greatest literary experiences a reader can have." -- James Lee Burke, bestselling author of "The Tin Roof Blowdown " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An historical romantic epic which endures as a story for all our times.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a book with a thoroughly unlikable heroine; it is shot through with jaw dropping racism, so how can it qualify for four stars?

The simple answer is that it is fundamentally an absolutely ripping yarn. Margaret Mitchell's achievement is in creating a set of flawed characters, but then making the reader care about what happens to them. Couple engaging characters with a beautifully paced plot and it is easy to understand why Gone With The Wind is still in print and massively popular.

It is the story of selfish, determined daughter of a plantation, Scarlett O'Hara, her enduring love for neighbour Ashley Wilkes, his marriage to Melanie, who becomes Scarlett's devoted friend, and of course the love of Rhett Butler for Scarlett. The context of the story is the American south before, during and after the civil war. We see the relationships between the characters develop as they go from affluence, through degradation in defeat, and then rebuild.

Scarlett is of course the centre of the book and Mitchell skilfully plays with the reader's emotions towards her heroine. Basically she is selfish, spiteful, snobbish, racist, a hideously bad parent, an exploitative employer, but courageous and engaging. Initially we dislike her as a spoilt brat, her marriages are exasperating, we grow to admire her courage as she fights to survive during and after the war, she becomes a figure of ridicule as she joins the nouveau riche and finally her inability to understand Rhett's love is frustrating, infuriating and eventually tragic.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
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'Gone With The Wind' amazed me. I thought it would be light, throwaway romantic fiction. Instead, it is a tough, believable, intelligent and completely gripping historical novel.
The characters are mesmerising, plausible and original - I expected more cliches, but having read it I have come to the conclusion that GWTW created the cliches because it is just so damn good!
I can really see why people still consider it the greatest historical novel ever written. The fact that it has survived the test of time, unlike the many books that are applauded as brilliant one year and forgotten the next, should give you some clue as to just how good this book is.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2003
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All too often, when the book 'Gone With The Wind' is mentioned, people let out a groan of derision. Mostly these are people who have only seen the film. The film, although a wonderful classic, is a product of its times. Like many epics of that era, it is none too subtle. It also feels overly dramatic, no doubt the effect of cramming such a long story into a single film. The novel, however, is flawless. It may get written off as a romance in the same vein as Mills & Boon, but anyone who has read it will agree that is a most unfair comparison. It is a brilliantly researched historical drama, containing many finer points that are only discovered upon a second, or even third reading. The characters are so vividly drawn, and as the novel takes place over many years, there is real scope for development. Scarlett O'Hara is utterly believable as the flawed heroine, as is Rhett Butler, the cynical anti-hero. Ashley is symbolic of the civilisation 'gone with the wind'. But the most quietly fascinating character of all must be Melanie. The love story between Scarlett and Rhett is not so central a theme to the novel as survival and the struggle for independence. For a novel that contains such a broad scope of events and rich abundance of characters, Margaret Mitchell manages to keep a tight rein on both plot and pace. There are those books that make such a profound impression on our own lives that we never forget them - 'Gone With The Wind' is such a book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ros France on 3 Jun. 2007
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Everyone will have heard of this book, many will have watched the film, and drawn assumptions. This is NOT a bodice-ripping saga, not by any means. This is an extremely well written novel - clear, coherent, often humourous, flowing, with a large cast of well crafted characters (including the unlikeable but ultimately unforgettable Scarlett!)all contained within a finely planned plot. The historical background is well researched and used with consumate skill to add body and context to the story. This book is exceptionally well written - it won the Pulitzer Prize, yet so many people don't read it because they think it will be romantic, soppy women's stuff...............and it soooooo isn't! This book deserves 10 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. A. Beats on 26 Jan. 2007
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Although this book is certainly intimidating to look at, being over 1000 pages long, it also takes a little while to get into and certainly to forgive the writer and the period for certain terminologies, and yet I can say with some surprise that this is the best book that I have ever read. Not only does the author take great care with relating historic events of the period, but her characters are equally well researched and thought out. Although none of the characters deserve our unwavering admiration or rebukes, they damn our apathy. This book is about the struggle to face the realities of changed circumstances, the ability to understand emotions which are so well concealed that even we cannot guess their true feelings. Ultimately, this book is about lose of innocence, and the selfishness of survival and whether we like it or not, every reader will see themselves in the actions and emotions of the characters, but we hope to have the ability to learn from their mistakes.
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