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Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" [Paperback]

Alexandra Ripley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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12 Mar 1993
Picks up the story begun in Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With the Wind. What happens to Ashley now that Melanie is gone? Does Scarlett find a way to get Rhett back? What new joys, frustrations and adventures does the future hold?

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (12 Mar 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330307525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330307529
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Elle
Format:Paperback
Like most of the other people who have reviewed this book, I loved GWTW and had to read the sequel whether it turned out to be good or bad, simply for the satisfaction of discovering what could have happened to Scarlett and Rhett. I found that the book was well written, for the most part keeping to a similar style as the origional, although towards the ending the characters did seem to act in a way that wasn't true to their origional characteristics. However, in reality I guess people would change over a length of time, and this book does stand on it's own as a good novel, and is definately worth reading.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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For over two generations, Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind and its 1939 movie version have endured as classics in the historical romance genre. GWTW has always been one of my favorite novels, not just because it's well-written but, like Mitchell, I am a daughter of the South and take pride in my family's history. I suppose I'm just a romantic at heart, but I have read Mitchell's saga of Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes, Mammy, and long-suffering Melanie many times, and I believe GWTW is a novel that will endure the test of time.
Although Ms. Mitchell died in Atlanta before I was born and never wrote a sequel even though fans begged her to, the idea never died down, and in the late 1980s Margaret Mitchell's estate selected romance author Alexandra Ripley to write "Scarlett: A Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind." Beginning where GWTW left off, "Scarlett" tells a sprawling story about a young woman who lives by the motto: "Tomorrow is another day." Taking readers from war-ravaged Georgia plantation Tara to the Emerald Isle where Scarlett's roots lie. Ripley's novel continues with the tempestuous love affair between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara.
In the beginning, Ashley mourns the loss of his beloved Melanie....and how Scarlett rushes forward to keep Ashley from throwing himself in the grave of his wife...causing yet another scandal for Scarlett to endure. Apparently, the fiery Mrs. O'Hara-Butler has a lot of genteel Southern women's tongues a wagging! Moreover, she is still mourning the loss of her daughter Bonnie.
Now that Melanie is dead does Scarlett try to achieve her long awaited dream of being Ashley's wife or does she go and try get back the man she truly loves? Will she find her destiny across the Atlantic in her ancestral Ireland?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I truly did enjoy this book, the love story is easy to lose yourself in, and the style of writing enables you to read easily, and for long periods of time without feeling the need to take a break. It has been mentioned in previous reviews that Mrs Ripley has not cptured the essence of Scarlet's character, and I would say this is true. Although she is the same, wanton, high-spirited woman with a devil-may-care attitude and an independant nature, the way she is presented is different. The story is interesting, lively, and heart-warming - I don't want to give it away, but it ends the way I think everyone wished it did in Gone with the Wind. However, I can't help but think that I woul've enjoyed it just as much, if not more, had this been a novel in it's own right, not a sequel - as I feel a comparison between the two books is useless. You can just feel when reading them, that they were written decades apart - so if you do read Scarlet, don't expect a sequel as such..... Just a wonderful tale between two people, who happen to be called Scarlet and Rhett Butler......
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For all Gone with the Wind lovers everywhere 17 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I eagerly anticipated reading Scarlett - the sequel to GWTW and I was not disappointed. I found that the beginning of Scarlett continued seamlessly from GWTW, however, during the middle part of the book Scarlett seemed to take on a different personality which I did not associate with the Scarlett of GWTW. Nevertheless, Scarlett is a fabulous book which I have read a few times now and I would recommend it to anyone - watch out for another excellent ending! I hope they write a sequel to the sequel!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably worth reading 3 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This weakly written sequel to Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel, Gone With The Wind, fairly satisfies previous readers curiosity to the cliff hanger ending to the original book. The ending to this book is somewhat closed, however it ends with the wanted effect of the two reunited again, notwithstanding struggles of the much beloved characters. Although not written with Margaret's historical and imaginative hand, this book was worth reading and does not spoil or disfigure the original work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Diarab
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If I had read this as a 'stand alone' book, I probably would have been merely disappointed, as I found it very slow moving, and the plot rather incredulous. However, as i read it as a 'sequel' to Gone With the Wind, it was devestating!!

It starts off as a rather bad attempt to mimic Margaret Mitchell's style of writing and character development - overstating cliches and 'tag' lines from the original story which is a little off-putting. However, once you've accepted that, you can at least try and enjoy the storyline, which I did until it goes off on a most bizarre and unlikely tangent! The plot becomes totally unrealistic; fans of the original will just sit there with their jaws dropping! You can't relly believe that Scarlett O'Hara would get up to half the stuff the author describes in the book - I feel that if this is being portrayed as a sequel, it should at least maintain the essence of the original characters, which in my mind this book fails to do.

After having led the story into a completely unlikely direction (during which, the author's own 'voice' and style start to come through, and the reader begins to realise that Ms Ripley is actually a very good story-teller, if she but hadn't chosen to annihilate this one!), this reader - personally - lost all interest in the plot, the story and the book

In sum; some things are better left alone, and the story of Rhett and Scarlett should have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this super book
I have read it in the past and loved it so decided to read it again and I love it just as much--an excellent read packed with history..
Published 1 month ago by Andrew L Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett - Gone with the Wind Sequel
I really enjoyed it , just like the original book and carries on where Gone with the Wind finishes. Not going to divulge the story but could not put the book down.
Published 3 months ago by A Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett The sequel to "Gone with the Wind"
I had already read this book many years ago and enjoyed it as much if not more this time around. I was sorry to finish.Arealy good read.
Published 3 months ago by lesley williams
5.0 out of 5 stars I salute this Book
I loved the sequel and it was a lovely read right after i arched Gone With The Wind. It was a nice closure I needed as the movie was Epic. These days actors could really act! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars bit disappointing
Nothing against the author who is a decent writer, but I feel this story should have ended with the original Gone With the Wind. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Lofts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
Have read it before and gave it away Silly!! Also read "Rhett's People". Worth making these into one big triple volume.!!
Published 10 months ago by Ann Field
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
I haven't started it yet. I am taking it on holiday. Loved the original film of 'gone with the wind' so looking forward to
the sequel.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs L
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass the brain bleach
Couldn't even finish it. Absolutely hated what the author was doing with Scarlett's personality, and wish I could forget I read any of it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by natasha white
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great price
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who read and loved Gone with the Wind. Having read the first book I just had to find out what happened to Scarlett next, and the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A R Eagling
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
There have been other spin off novels for GWTW, but this one is by far the best of the bunch , sticks to the plot follows on from the original very nicely and is at several points... Read more
Published 13 months ago by opinionated
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