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Rhett Butler's People Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330455826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330455824
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must-read for "Gone with the Wind" fans."--"People""Get inside Rhett's head as he meets and courts Scarlett in one of the most famous love affairs of all time..."--"The New York Times""McCaig creates a convincing back story and has a real feel for men and the tensions between fathers, sons, friends and soldiers, as well as the nuances of Southern honor...The novel focuses on Rhett's point of view and explains exactly where he got his dash."--"USA"" Today""In McCaig's capable hands, Margaret Mitchell's mystery man is still handsome and daring but fitted with a plausible backstory and human frailties...--"Roanoke"" Times ""McCaig is a bred-in-the bones storyteller."--Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks""Rhett Butler's People "broadens the canvas, giving Rhett new dueling and blockade-running adventures, and adding intriguing characters like Confederate cavalier-turned-Klansman Andrew Ravanel, a rancid version of Ashley Wilkes who romances Rhett's sister, Rosemary. McCaig paints a richer, darker panorama of a Civil War-era South, where poor whites seethe with resentment, and slavery and racism are brutal facts of life that an instinctive gentleman like Rhett can work around but not openly challenge. McCaig thus imparts a Faulknerian tone to the saga that sharpens Mitchell's critique of Southern nostalgia without losing the epic sweep and romantic pathos. The result is an engrossing update of "Gone With the Wind" that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about.""--Publishers Weekly""McCaig has taken on a monumental task in attempting to augment the mythology of such a well-loved story...While remaining largely faithful to Mitchell's framework, he has made the story of Butler his own." --"The Post and Courier" (Charleston, SC)"In "Gone With the Wind," Butler was mysterious, and that added to his allure. Here, we learn more about his background: about his harsh, unforgiving father; his long-suffering mother; his own wild ways.In some ways, this Rhett is a kinder, gentler sort than the one readers loved..."--"Tampa Tribune""This astonishing novel parallels "Gone with the Wind," adding new dimensions to the timeless love story."--"Woodstock"" Sentinel-Review"

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Did he give a damn? Rhett's story - the magnificent parallel to one of the greatest love stories of all time, Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With The Wind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Firstly Gone With The Wind is my favourit book and film, I have read the book 8 times in the past two years and seen the film at least 50 times. Rhett Butler's People was suppossed to give background to Rhett and how he became the man who fell in love with Scarlett O'Hara and people mentioned in GWTW whose characters weren't explored. I didn't find many interesting facts about Rhett's past and the gaps in time I felt missed opportunites for revalations about Rhett's life before Scarlett. Most of the new characters introduced were of little interest or significance compared with the characters in GWTW. I loved the pleasure of having Scarlett brought back into my life but the changes he made were and are unforgivable. I firmly believe this author never read the book and only watched the film a couple of times. He makes no facutal errors that contradict the film but loads compared with the book, Charles Hamilton buried at Twelve Oaks, Belle Watling reading Ivanhoe when Rhett called her an illiterate whore, the stately Mrs Butler dying from alzheimers before Bonnie died, Scarlett selling her mills to Ashley before his birthday party are but a few errors that make this book drivel!
Apart from these errors his biggest sins are allowing Melanie to know of the Scarlett and Ashley affair which if you'd read the book she knew nothing about. Belle becoming friends with Melanie and then Scarlett, the obvious contradiction in Rhett's feelings from the original novel. Also allowing Tara to burn which is what half of GWTW is about Scarlett preventing plus a lot of other unnecessary sadness and tragedy which don't add to the story of GWTW but take away from it. There were a few good scenes but these are easily forgotten when so much rubbish surrounds them.
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Format: Paperback
I was amazed to discover that this was actually an authorised prequel. The characters bear no resemblance to their Gone With the Wind originals - I didn't feel that Rhett, Scarlett or Melanie were rendered with any degree of consistency. The writing was awkward and characters often given anachronistic and cliched points of view - Rhett being oh-so-tolerant and being friends with slaves and freedmen, society matrons suddenly becoming tolerant after the war and befriending Belle Watling, etc. Any fan of the original masterpiece will be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
When I received an advance copy of Rhett Butler's People a sequel to my all time favorite novel Gone With the wind, I began reading it with trepidation. I still have not forgotten the murderous job of a sequel Alexandria Ripley did with Scarlett, (Scarlett selling off Tara and moving to Ireland--no way!) Some things are beset left alone. My curiosity got the better of me however and I cracked open the book and was soon drawn in to the world of Rhett Butler. Does this book stand up to the original? Not even close, however, I still found it a fun read. It covers Rehtt's life the early 1840's through the mid 1870's. This book at times gives a less romanticized view of the old south then was portrayed in gone with the wind, which is good. Since this is the story of Rhett the reader sees things through his eyes, and since he had the opportunity to ramble and do business over much of the old south a more compete vision of the time period is displayed. It was alos fun to get a look into Rhett's early life and read about his strained family relationships. The heart of the story of course is his one great love, Scarlett. Fun read for fans of the original, just don't expect quite the same magic.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 April 2015
Format: Paperback
I’ve read ‘Gone With the Wind’ several times over the years, and recently read Donald McCaig’s book ‘Ruth’s Journey’, which is the tale of Mammy. In that book, Mammy’s story is told up to the time of the fateful barbecue at the Wilkes’ house, where war overtakes life. That book, and this are both authorised novels by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, so should remain true to the ‘Gone With the Wind’ story.

In this book, we read of Rhett Butler, but the book takes us through Rhett’s childhood, and through the years of the War and beyond. From the time of the War, we read much of the same tale as told in ‘Gone With the Wind’, but from Rhett’s experience, and from that of the other characters in GWTW whose tales were not told in full in that book. There is therefore a broader interpretation of the events of GWTW which is good in that it fills out the whole experience of that read. But it does suffer slightly in that the narrative becomes a bit fractured, and is not so coherent a read as either GWTW or the author’s other book, ‘Ruth’s Journey’. Rhett never emerges quite as a fully developed character, and his interactions with some of the other characters seem a little opaque and implied, rather than demonstrated.

I think if you had not read GWTW you would not enjoy this book so much, as there are nuances which relate to GWTW which are felt more fully in this book. So it acts well as an addition, if you like, to the story from which its heroes and villains are derived, but does not stand so well on its own. I really enjoyed the read, but I was not so enthralled by it as I was by ‘Ruth’s Journey’.
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