The book is much more complex than the 1939 film, and focuses on Scarlet's life taking place over twelve years. The historical content and accuracy is staggering. The prose is both colloquial to the time and poetic. Scarlet is an anti-hero for the nineteenth century and although she goes out of her way to lose your sympathy you cannot hepl but fall in love with her and all the characters of this remarkable book, which was Mitchell's first and last novel. It took me three days to read the 1000 page-plus and I have re-read it many a time since.