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Gone With the Wind [Audio Cassette]

Margaret Mitchell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Recorded Books (1 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788749765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788749766
  • ASIN: 0788789570
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 10.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn - with one massive flaw 31 May 2008
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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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in every way 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Heroine in a Latter Day Age 18 Sep 2003
"Gone With The Wind" is primarily seen - by those who have not read it - to be a slushy, romantic novel with little or nothing in it to interest them. How wrong they are!

Not only does the story deal with love and romance (unrequited love; being in love with each other but unable to have each other), it also deals with politics (The American Civil War), tragedy, comedy, history (we learn an incredible lot about the lives of Southerners and their beliefs), desperation...most of it seen through the eyes of Scarlett O'Hara, who in my eyes is very much a modern day heroine in a latter day age.
She is manipulative, cunning, exasperating and spoilt as the story begins, and to an extent remains so, but as the events of the novel unfold - in particular the Civil War - she changes several times. Her "tigeress" streak is always very much apparent, but we sympathise with her because, I feel, she symbolises what many of us are, have been or will be in our lives.
Scarlett is a victim in many ways - namely of the adoration and doting of her father Gerald, who spoils her relentlessly and therefore "ruins" her - but she always somehow manages to turn the tables to her advantage and emerge the victor, however long and drawn out the process may be.
Like Alex in Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange", she is very much the anti-hero but yet we like her. I feel that this is a difficult device to achieve and it just shows the mastery of Margaret Mitchell that we are able to do just what Mitchell wants us to do.
Another key thing to note is the way that Mitchell manages to show us the "stupidity" of human nature. Melanie finds it inconceivable that Ashley and Scarlett could ever have feelings for one another; Scarlett cannot see or imagine Rhett loving her; and so on.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really, really great book! 19 July 2001
By A Customer
'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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Grandmother recommended it me
A true classic, you won't be able to put it down. My Grandmother recommended it me, having read it as a girl not long after it was written and I am glad I took her advice.
Published 8 hours ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars gone, not forgotton
This is a classic epic story. Scarlett who comes from high class family in times of the civil war which tears her home up. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by moose
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a quite a page-turner. I could not ...
This is a quite a page-turner. I could not put it down from page one till the last. The story is fast paced and something is always happening. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kristina Jursova
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone with the wind
This is one of the most powerful books I have read. It is beautifully written and holds the reader`s attention completely. Wonderful!
Published 17 days ago by judith hollingshead
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Although a classic, I found reading this did not compare with the film. Very drawn out story
Published 20 days ago by Mrs J M Biswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product as expected
Good product as expected
Published 21 days ago by MR Predrag Novakovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read with lot of background information on American Civil War from a Southern perspective
Published 24 days ago by Pat Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My all time favourite. A true epic.
Published 28 days ago by Gemma Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone with the wind paperback
I am very pleased with this book I managed to see the film, but thought I would also like to have the book to compare delivery was very good also I would recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs E. Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars The great panoramic novel of the American Civil War
As a one-time inhabitant of Atlanta I found many special resonances in this book, quite apart from it's magnificent portrayal of the pain and chaos of the civil war. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugh de Saram
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