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Gone with the Wind Paperback – 13 Feb 2014
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"The best novel to have ever come out of the South...it is unsurpassed in the whole of American writing." -- "The Washington Post"
"Fascinating and unforgettable! A remarkable book, a spectacular book, a book that will not be forgotten!" -- "Chicago Tribune"
"Beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best." -- "The New York Times"
"I first read "Gone with the Wind" in grade school--a boy of the upper South who'd seen the great movie and felt compelled to learn what lay behind it, all thousand-plus pages worth. No page disappointed me. What other American novel surpasses its eagerness to tell a great story of love and war; what characters equal the cantankerous passions of Scarlett and Rhett? Even Scott Fitzgerald spoke well of it. What more could I ask, even seven decades later?" -- Reynolds Price
""Gone with the Wind" is one of those rare books that we never forget. We read it when we're young and fall in love with the characters, then we watch the film and read the book again and watch the film again and never get tired of revisiting an era that is the most important in our history. Rhett and Scarlet and Melanie and Ashley and Big Sam and Mammy and Archie the convict are characters who always remain with us, in the same way that Twain's characters do. No one ever forgets the scene when Scarlet wanders among the wounded in the Atlanta train yard; no one ever forgets the moment Melanie and Scarlet drag the body of the dead Federal soldier down the staircase, a step at a time. "Gone with the Wind" is an epic story. Anyone who has not read it has missed one of the greatest literary experiences a reader can have." -- James Lee Burke, bestselling author of "The Tin Roof Blowdown "
"In my own personal life, I find many similarities to Scarlett's: The whole 17-inch waist thing notwithstanding, I do love a barbecue, both for the food and the men--I have been known to "eat like a field hand and gobble like a hawg"--I admit that at least on one occasion I may have feigned interest in some guy to further my own interests--I have fought tooth, toenail and tirelessly for my family--I learn slow but I learn good--and even so, I still adore the prospect of dealing with most things...Tomorrow." -- Jill Conner Browne, The Sweet Potato Queen, bestselling author of "The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel"
"Let's say you've read "Gone with the Wind" at least twice, and seen the movie over and again. So, here's a thought. Buy this handsome paperback edition, just for Pat Conroy's preface. This passionate, nearly breathless love letter is a Song of Solomon to Margaret Mitchell, Scarlett O'Hara, and Conroy's beautiful, GTW-obsessed mother. Indeed, his luminous preface packs a durable wallop, just like the epic Pulitzer prize-winning work that inspires it." -- Jan Karon, author of "The Mitford Years" series
"Not just a great love story, "Gone with the Wind" is one of the most powerful anti-war novels ever written. Told from the standpoint of the women left behind, author Margaret Mitchell brilliantly illustrates the heartbreaking and devastating effects of war on the land and its people." -- Fannie Flagg, Academy Award nominated-author
"In 1936 I was in E.M. Daggett Junior High in Ft. Worth, Texas. By some chance I was able to read "Gone with the Wind" early on. Then and now, I found it one of the great experiences of a young life. I still list it as one of my 10 favorite books." -- Liz Smith, nationally syndicated columnist
"GWTW is an indelible portrait of a unique time and place, American's greatest political and moral conflict, and the myths that surround it -- an all absorbing spectacle of a read even for postmodern readers. Mitchell vividly portrays the disillusionment and devastation of war, the ignorance of the uninitiated, and the transformation of arrogance into tenacity that shaped the first "new South." All the details of history and place come together as a rich backdrop for those unforgettable characters: shallow and selfish Scarlett, sincere Melanie, moony-eyed Ashley, and the sage, pragmatic, dashing, and rakish Rhett Butler--the most enduring heartthrob of American literature has produced. I'd reread the book for the thrill of Rhett alone!" -- Darnell Arnoult, author of "Sufficient Grace"
Pushing the bounds of the Richter Scale, the nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world."--Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles"
"Pushing the bounds of the Richter Scale, the nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world."--Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles
-Pushing the bounds of the Richter Scale, the nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world.---Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara the daughter of one of the great families of the south of US, plantation owners, and her struggle through life: the war, hunger, her love for the land, the society in which se lives where she doesn't fit and love itself. The story takes place during and after the American Civil War and it's told from the southerns' perspective. I'm not American so I cannot judge how a person from that country feels reading this book, specially if he/she doesn't agree with most of it; but I feel the book is not entirely one sided and also criticizes the southern society at that time.
Gone With the Wind has several aspects apart from the story itself that make it such a good novel. Fist of all, it is written impeccably, descriptions are so good that I could transport myself to the places, feel and understand the characters, disagree completely with what they were saying or doing but still comprehend what drove them to act and think that way. That in itself I think makes it a great book.
Also the fact that most of the characters are human adds a lot of value to the book, they are not perfect and make mistakes. I think even one of the least likable characters is Scarlett and I still found myself wanting things to go well for her. The thing is, it's told in a voice that makes you see both sides of the coin.
The book addresses a lot of issues and makes you think about them. Wealth at all costs, perseverance, hunger, how different people react differently against drawbacks of life and many others.
Finally, you get to know how society was back then, the way they thought, the habits, the way they behaved. The things that back then were right or wrong would now seem total nonsense, and the main character always debating between her upbringing and common sense. Usually the latter winning, making that her cross.
Definitely a book worth reading!
Mitchell really set the scene and I became very fond of the main characters , something which for me, is rare when reading a fictional story.
The historic aspect of the book is interesting without becoming boring and drawn out and although some reviewers have remarked on the racism in the book, I believe it is probably an accurate representation of many people's views and attitudes at the time in which the story is set.
Truly this is one of the best books I have ever read.
I remember seeing the film many years ago and thinking it was very clicheed. I only down-loaded this after reading about someone who said it was an amazing read. Very pleased that I did!
Sad that Margaret died so young as a result of an accident.I've now bought the 'Aniversary' 5 DVD repeat of the picture with some extra films of the production etc.
So far so good.
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