Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Book rating: 05 Paperback Pocket Books

By (author) Margaret Mitchell, Preface by Pat Conroy


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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 1448 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 62mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416548947
  • ISBN 13: 9781416548942
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 7,657

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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.

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By Tara M 10 Feb 2012 5

This is one of those books that you shove in peoples faces and say "You've got to read this!!"
The narrative will have you laughing at one point and then on the verge of tears at the next. The settings will leave you fearful for the characters lives or jealous of their overly lavished lifestyle. And the characters, well, they will stay with you for a life time. I don't think that this is a tale of romance, while there are elements of this theme twisted through the story, I'd argue that it is a tale of survival. About a single woman with such strong characteristics that will make you hate her but love her at the same time, who is willing to go against social norms to flourish and, ultimately, survive - a theme that when applied to modern society is quite inspiring.
With 1448 pages it is an intimidating read but once you get pulled into the story, the end pages will thin quickly enough. A favourite of mine that I will be reading several times throughout my life. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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"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