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Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives. In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.
- PAGE IS NOT MISSING!!!!!!!!!
There are many reviews for the edition of this classic novel stating that page 713 is missing and in it's place is 813.
I ordered this edition because I loved the cover. That may sound materialistic, but I really didn't care that one page was wronged, as I am used to reading books that have pages missing (Our library is in need lol)
I recieved my copy yesterday, and immediately turned to see this notorius mistake. I am happy to report that the problem has been fixed, and that page 713 is now there!
THis is a wonderful edition. The cover is beautiful, the pages neatly layed out, and a quite enjoyable book at that.
Wonderful wonderful wonderful. Strongly recommend it!!...more info
- An American Classic
What can you say? This is THE classic novel on the American Civil War. It truly opens a window to another place and time. Simply magnificent. Read it, if you haven't.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPINESS, 2nd EDITION: Quotes By History's Icons, Celebrities, and Saints...more info
- Gone With The Wind
I'm not too far in the book but it is great so far. The book is in great used condition and would purchase used books again from amazon!!...more info
- Margaret Mitchell was ahead of her time
Margaret Mitchell's Scarlett was a strong woman who could just as easily lived in the 1960s as she did the 1860s. What a strong, admirable role model she must have been for girls when this book first came out in the thirties. All those pages and yet, I couldn't put the thing down....more info
- "Frankly My Dear..."
After finishing Margaret Mitchell's first and only novel, the one that landed her a Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film that is considered one of the best movies of all time, I felt what was to be expected: completely exhausted. Obviously a book this size cannot be completed in one sitting, and (since I was determined not to rush it) it took me the better part of two weeks to get through it; two weeks to struggle through the American Civil War and its aftermaths, not to mention the tempestuous relationship between four larger-than-life individuals: Melanie Hamilton, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes and the infamous Scarlett O'Hara.
Of course, I use the word "struggle" in a good way, as this is a book that sucks you up into the trials and tribulations of the time, and spits you out the other side. By its end, I was completely drained, something that no book has left me since Tess of the D'ubervilles: 2500 Headwords (Oxford Bookworms Library).
Scarlett O'Hara is a young Southern belle, one of the most popular debutantes in her community. Although she has power over almost every single young man she knows, one continues to elude her. She has loved Ashley Wilkes since she was fourteen years old, and reacts badly when she hears that he is to be married to Melanie Wilkes - a timid young woman that Scarlett despises.
After loosing her temper with Ashley (after her declarations of love to him are not reciprocated, despite an admission that he *does* care for her), she is humiliated to find that their encounter was secretly witnessed by the amoral Captain Rhett Butler, a man with a bad reputation who seems oddly amused at Scarlett's conduct. Furious at both men and incapable of understanding either, Scarlett is barely of aware of the political tensions rising around her.
Yet Scarlett is about to be swept up in a conflict far beyond the confines of her heart: the Confederacy and the Yankees have declared war, and her entire world is thrown into chaos. Life is whittled down to its most basic elements: hunger, death, love, birth, morals and - paramount to this particular story - survival. In particular, a question that arises during the story is (particularly in relation to Scarlett), what is survival worth?
In creating Scarlett, Mitchell has created one of the most intriguing literary figures of all time. Spoilt, selfish, practical, driven, determined, passionate and often unforgivably short-sighted, Scarlett is an individual whose desire for comfort and security gradually erode away at any sense of right and wrong, her development as a complete individual, and her even personal dignity. Just as Macbeth had his ambition and Othello had his jealously, Scarlett's fatal flaw is her inability to *understand*.
She does not understand any of the three most important people in her life (Melanie, Ashley and Rhett), she does not understand her own people or what drives them (she is frustrated at their blind ability to the Cause), and she does not understand the sacrifices that must be made in order for her to find contentment...that is, she does not understand until it is too late.
This is character study at its most nuanced, for Scarlett is totally believable and understandable, even when she's doing morally reprehensible things. At the beginning of the novel, her faults are somewhat amusing - the fact that she hates the war mostly because it deprives her of the luxury that she loves, and that she loves Ashley even though she finds him unfathomable.
Later though, it takes on a more tragic air, as inner peace continues to elude her and we gradually discover the loneliness that comes with total self-interest. It's beautiful, haunting, heart-rending stuff.
However, as it seems with every famous book, there is some controversy and it largely concerns Mitchell's treatment of the pre-war South. Mitchell would love to have us believe that the pre-war South was a golden age of chivalrous landowners that treated their ladies like jewels and their slaves like children. When their society is swept away by the winds of war, we are meant to feel grief, as though a living thing has been snuffed out and its memory slowly dying in the remnants of the people who are left to linger on. Ultimately the book is what it is, and I would certainly still recommend it despite some of its dated and overly-romantic views of the South.
I actually watched the movie before reading the novel (it was want wanted me to get hold of the book), and I must say that the two go hand in hand. After reading the book I realized how spot-on the choices in casting the movie were, and it was interesting to see what elements of the book the screenwriters decided to cut; semi-important characters like Will Benteen and Archie, and events like the Yankees raiding Tara and circumstances surrounding Gerald's death. Most surprising in the book was the fact that Scarlett actually had three children, one to each of her husbands. The movie kept only Bonnie, and to be honest, I could understand why this decision was made, considering Wade and Ella have very little to do in the story, and are largely ignored, by the author as well as their mother.
Ultimately, the driving force in the book is not the attention to historical detail, the clear and vivid prose, or the weight of grandeur and importance that lies on every page; it is the complex and fascinating relationship between the four major characters: the angelic Melanie, the noble Ashley, the rakish Rhett and the driven Scarlett - and I don't just mean how Scarlett relates to each of them. Just as intriguing is Rhett's admiration and protectiveness toward Melanie, Melanie's blind devotion to Scarlett, and the fact that Rhett and Ashley are uncannily similar in thought, though not deed. The quartet makes up one of the most tangled and intriguing set of relationships ever put to paper, and that alone is worth the time it will take to read "Gone with the Wind".
- missing page11
I was feverently reading a key scene between Rhett and Scarlett last night and when I got to page 713 - there WAS not 713. It was page 813!! Uggh! What a bummer. Great story, one of the best I've ever read, but that missing page really breaks up the flow. Buy a different version! ...more info
- 19 and lovin' it!
I absolutely loved this book! I have to admit that when I first started reading the book, I had no idea what it was about. I read the beginning and was apauled to find out that I was reading a book about slave owners (I was a bit close-minded). After many assurances from family members that it was a very good book, I continued reading...and could not put it down.
This book opened my mind to alot of possibilities. I really liked seeing the civil war from this perspective. Even though this is a fiction book, it did shed a different light on some of the events that took place in that time period. I enjoyed learning about some of the customs of this period and why they had them.
Scarlett's constant battle with who she is and who she wants to be makes for some interesting situations. I found my own ideas of the characters changing with every page as new information was given of each one. Though I didn't like some of Scarlett's choices, I was able to understand why she made each one. You never know when something good or bad is going to happen in this book...it could be the next paragraph.
This is a really long book, but it's worth every page. I think Margaret Mitchell did a great job writing it. It will definately be a book that I recommend to everyone I know....more info
- Great book but don't buy this edition...
I love this book and have read it many times however this particular edition is missing a page, page 713 has been replaced with page 813, and you don't want to miss a word of Gone With the Wind!...more info
It is a wonderful story...
I love the different perspective of the civil war.
It is also funny, witty, and well-written. One of the best love stories of all time.
I was sorry to see it end, and although I haven't read the sequel, I am sure it can not do Margaret Mitchell's work justice. The only person who I think could write an adequate sequel is Margaret Mitchell herself.
Gone With the Wind is definitely a five star novel. ...more info
- Book Missing a Page
The book was excellent, however it was missing page 713. It had page 813 in its place. Therefore the book had page 813 displayed twice in the book. I also went to a local bookstore and noticed all 4 books by this publisher had the same problem....more info
- American Literature at its best.
Let me make a simple statement: This novel is a perfect interpretation of the Antebellum bourgeousie South. Margaret Mitchell was born in the early 1900s and therefore the stories she heard, the ones that inspired this novel, were admittedly a bit skewed.
HOWEVER, there is a lot of truth to Gone with the Wind, whether people like it or not, and beyond that, this novel is probably the perfect love story because it is so heartbreaking and so imperfectly human. Whether or not you agree with the portrayal of slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction, etc. that this novel presents, it is unfair to dismiss the greatness of Gone with the Wind. You can read all the Twain, Faulkner, Fitzgerald that you like, but until you have read this book, you do not have the full picture of American literature....more info
- The Great American Novel
Love in the time of war! You can't beat it. The first time I read this book I was interested in the love story. When I read it again, I was mesmerized with the portrait of a time and place which have been erased from our collection memory by layers of political correctness. This paperback edition is lovely, by the way, and it doesn't break apart the way some big paperbacks can. ...more info
- Cotton Candy for Deep Structure Racism
Along with D.W. Griffith's "A Birth of a Nation," this nostalgic and wish-fulfilling "riches-to-rags-and-back-to-riches-again" romp across Civil War history is more than just the archetypical racist American novel. Together the two constitute a kind of sub-cultural "power-duo," that captures perfectly the mindset that ushered-in a century of American Apartheid, and arguably that still governs much, if not most of American culture. "Gone With the Wind" is literally "cotton candy" for the Conservative/racist/Southern American mind.
In the most syrupy and sophomoric of prose (perhaps ever written by an American author), Mitchell lays it on heavily. Scarlet, the archetypical southern bitch flaunts and wields her unearned entitlements with great immoral facility, demonstrating that even when down and out, "being white" still "counts" for more than anything else. Even when ravaged by the Northern Yankee soldiers, being a "Southern white woman" still demands royal treatment, and commands the regal stage always hovering well above and over all the lower animals, and especially, and most notably, over all the blacker ones.
Let us admit it up front: Gone With the Wind is an important novel only because of its slightly transparent racist subtext, which still resonates with a large reservoir of American thought, habits, feelings and culture. And although the structure of racism, which the book appeals to, still remains pretty much intact and unperturbed, it is no longer respectable to acknowledge it, or most of all to speak of it in other than "coded language."
Griffith's movie, and Mitchell's book are perhaps the first "coded" version of racism that captured perfectly the American mindset, and thus are both valuable in this respect alone. It is in this sense only that Gone With the Wind is perhaps the best of this genre - eventually spawning the like's of John Jake's series on the North and South, etc.
Meaning no disrespect, and noting that it won the Pulitzer Prize, being the best of this genre does not suggest that the book is being measured against a very high standard. But despite this and despite it's mean-spirited, amoral and wish fulfilling subtext, it is not easy to deny that this novel has earned its place in the pantheon of American history and literature. Since it remains such an important nostalgic representation of the racist American way of life, and is the best of its genre, it deserves at least four stars....more info
- Masterpiece of the previous Century
This is a literary masterpiece that really needs no introduction; and the only reason I comment tonight is for benefit of younger people who may not have read it as yet, and are making comparisons with the more recent "Scarlett" and, even more recently, "Rhett Butler's People". Neither of the sequel books, written by others, are representatives of the talent embodied by Margaret Mitchell herself.
This story is one of the best ever told, and will go down through the ages as such. An unmatched tale of the Old South, unrequited love, passion, jealousy, historical passages written with accuracy regarding the Civil War and the resulting Reconstruction, misery for both black and white - that are woven into the fabric of the story with attention to detail that, once read, the story lives within you forever. THAT is the true measure of literary genius.
If you are in search of the story, read this one and forget the other two, as there is no equal to the original GWTW, nor is there ever likely to be....more info
Yes, the book is racist, but let's cut Mitchell a little slack. She was a person of her place and time. There were no documentaries to compete with "Birth of a Nation," no internet, and entire towns were segregated. Most white people never heard the other side of the story. Who is to say what Mitchell's attitudes would be today? Probably, like most of the country, she would have become much more thoughtful.
While it's tough not to cringe at the casual use of the n-word and "darky" in the book, it is what Mitchell knew. Even sweet, precious Melanie decried going up north because her son would have to go to school with "pickaninnies." Forgiving her for romanticizing a vile, inhuman system that degraded women of all colors, "crackers," and black men is easy, because she knew little else. There is no excuse for the twits who swoon over the book and ignore inconvenient facts, because they know better (or should).
It takes nothing away from the fact that Mitchell was an awesome writer who could bring characters and settings to life like nobody else. She and J. K. Rowling are about the only two writers who can keep me up reading at night when I have to go to work the next day. ...more info