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Gone With the Wind (St. Martin's library) Unknown Binding – 1961

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  • Unknown Binding: 1011 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (1961)
  • ASIN: B001OPK5EG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,821,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: Paperback
'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
Format: Paperback
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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53 of 57 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on 20 July 2011
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Set amidst the American Civil War, Mitchell's epic takes readers on an emotional journey through the 'Old South'. Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of the novel, witnesses first hand the terrible effects of the war and the subsequent demise of an entire civilisation; now lost forever. No doubt many readers, like myself, are abhored by the very thought of a society that defends slavery and repression of African Americans. Yet, Mitchell's carefully crafted narrative, leaves readers questioning their own predjudices and assumptions. The Confederacy, shamefully supported the principle of slavery, but if there is one thing the history books conveniently leave out, its the Yankee's attitude towards the slaves they sought to free. Whilst Lincoln's motive was no doubt genuine, many in the North sought to exploit the Black population through other means, whether at the ballot box or through cheap labour.

Moreover, the Yankee generals showed little remorse when they ravaged the South for all it was worth. Defeated and heartbroken, the people of the South were subjected to a long period of 'reconstruction', which was designed to keep the South firmly under the hands of the Northern politicians. The people of Georgia and the surrounding states, having had their whole world torn from under their feet, were left to rot in what was once their home.

All this is personified in the great Scarlett O'Hara, who mirrors the changing world around her. Once the belle of the county, and the envy of all women, Scarlett is literally thrown into the midst of a war, that changes her forever. Meanwhile we, the readers, are entertained by the incredibly complex Captain Rhet Butler, who throughout the novel shamelessly attempts to court the favour of Scarlett, only to be rejected again and again.
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