Rhett Butler's People Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jul 2008
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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"
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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I don't think Donald McCaig has actually read gone with the wind!! It's supposed to be a parallel story, but I found too many discrepancies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by catherine mannion
Really interesting seeing what Rhett Butler got up to before he met ScarlettPublished 8 months ago by Polythene Pam
I am giving this book five stars in anticipation, as I have not had time to read it yet. I adored "Gone with the Wind", enjoyed watching the sequel "Scarlet" and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Melanie Williams
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. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keen Reader
well written better book than the sequel to Gone with the Wind - Scarlett. Gives you a brilliant background on how Rhett Butler grew up and his family.Published 24 months ago by Sheila
it doesnt flow the was other spin off's do - it deviates from the plot too ofen and doesnt alwasy resume where it leaves off. Rhett deserved a better more scandalous background.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by mixed feelings
The book arrived quickly - I am in Oz - and was in good condition. Yet again amazon.co.uk was cheaper than using local internet sites including getting it posted to Oz!!!!Published on 15 Aug. 2010 by nobody