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A masterpiece in every way,
By A Customer
This review is from: Gone with the Wind (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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Initial post: 16 Oct 2008 17:05:26 BDT
Cassandra Leigh says:
Very good review. It make me want to read the book again.
Posted on 24 Sep 2011 21:14:28 BDT
A great review, my feelings entirely. I wish I'd read the book first. Melanie struck me as the character who 'grew' while still remaining loyal to her own moral standards, she was willing to accept that some people have no choice and needed to perform in certain ways to survive, such as the good time girl (was her name Belle?) whilst Scarlett appears driven entirely by selfish motives to embrace any means she thinks she can get away with in order to achieve her own way.
Posted on 28 Jun 2012 18:36:13 BDT
Actually, the movie did a good job in staying close to the book. Many movies based on books aren't.
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