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Gone With The Wind - Musical Tie-In [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Margaret Mitchell
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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4 April 2008
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (4 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330458043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330458047
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia into a family passionately interested in American history. She grew up in an atmosphere of stories about the Civil War which she committed to paper in the ten years following her marriage in 1925. The result was Gone With The Wind, first published in 1936. It won the Pulitzer Prize, sold over ten million copies, was translated in eighteen languages, and was one of the most successful films ever made starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Gone With The Wind was her only published work. She died in 1949.

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4.0 out of 5 stars better than I expected 15 Jun 2008
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Having watched the film enough times to know the dialogue by heart I thought it might be fun to read the book. Friends who had already read it advised me against it and said it's not such a great book, but I felt too tired and weary to do Thomas Mann justice so I read Gone With the Wind just the same.

Judging from the film I anticipated a wholesome old-fashioned romance and I was feeling like reading something entertaining and not very challenging. The romance element is there, and there are a lot of new details on the life and relations of Scarlett and Rhett as those of Melanie and Ashley. There are various episodes and facts which were left out of the film [for example that Scarlett has children from her previous marriages and Bonnie isn't her only child] and many details of the family life and history of Scarlett. If you love the characters it will be fun to learn more about them.

The writing is decent; Mitchell's style is old-fashioned and not particularly polished but yet comparing it with some contemporary bestsellers [e.g. Bridget Jones] it fares very well indeed.

The welcoming surprise for me was the information on the American civil war. Not being American I had a simple, sketchy image of the civil war and I have never given any thought on Southern feelings or the Southern way of life. This book depicts how southern slave owners and Ku Klux Clan founders were seeing themselves and the changes in their society thus being an interesting -though I am not qualified to judge how accurate- account of American cultural history as well as a romance. Even though that was not what I was expecting from this book an increased interest in American civil war was what I will get out of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending 18 Sep 2013
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I liked reading through it and learning what it was like to live during that period of civil war. However, the main character is not very likeable and I found the ending to be a big anticlimax!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and racist 13 Jun 2009
This was chosen as a title for a reading group.

I'm sorry to say that I didn't get beyond page 75 of this boring, nostalgic, narcissistic and unpleasant slab of words. Occasionally the narrative was leavened by a bit of action but then it slumped back into stereotypical character descriptions. To start with I thought the racism, unavoidable in the historical setting, would at least be handled in a critical or ironic fashion. But, nope, it's just good old fashioned, down home, stupid as mud, racism.

Racism, in a book, I can just about handle. Tediousness, however, is unforgivable.

As a historical and academic object one could say that this book is an interesting response to the economic and social changes in 1920s USA but I think it would be kinder to let "Gone with the wind" go quietly out of print, to be replaced by something better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not correct but it is the book I wanted 6 Nov 2013
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The book I received was not published by what it said it would be and it did not have 1008 pages but rather 859. The cover picture does not look a thing like advertised. I am wondering whether I should return it. Nonetheless, i got the book i wanted.
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