What can I say that hasn't already beign said? I think this is the most entertaining book of all time, not to mention historically accurate...I read it for the first time when I was 16 and in high school, and to my surprise, when we studied the Civil War a few months later in school, I already knew most of the battles, generals and dates! LOL :=)...this book is a gem.
One more thing...though I think the movie is an absolute masterpiece and a must-see, I nevertheless think it doesn't do the book justice. It ommits too much. The movie doesn't show us Gerald's story and how he ran away from County Meath, Ireland straight into Georgia, Ellen's heartbreak when Phillippe Robillard was murdered and her resolve to run away frome her memories; but mainly, and what truly makes me sad...the movie doesn't develop the myriad other characters. What I mean is, it focuses on Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley and Melanie. However, the novel tells us of India and Honey Wilkes, Cade and Cathleen Calvert, Tony and Alex Fontaine, Sally and Dimity Munroe, the four Tarleton girls...you get to know so many stories...and since I truly loved all these characters, I missed them in the movie. Of course, there would have never beign enough time in a movie to cover all this...but, perhaps a miniseries could :=).
P.S. By the way, in the novel, Brent and Stuart Tarleton were two very cool, masculine guys, as opposed to the dancing idiots we are shown in the beginning of the movie ;=) !
Passes My Test Of Time Superbly
I first read this novel set during the Civil War when I was 12 years old. Shortly after that I was able to see the film version in an old downtown theater during one of its periodic rereleases. I was enthralled by both the novel and film. Is there anyone out there who doesn't know the plot? For the 10 people in the world who don't know, it features Scarlet O'Hara, a Southern belle, living that role to the hilt on her family's Southern, slave-worked plantation, when all hell breaks loose with the Civil War. Admirable for her survivor qualities, Scarlet is also manipulative and ruthless but meets her match in Rhett Butler, a Southerner who manages to move profitably among both sides of the War while most of the South is starving. I reread this novel as an adult, expecting that with my many more years of reading since that first read, that I would find the book over the top and soap opera like. It didn't happen. I couldn't put it down and had every bit as fascinating a time reading it again as I did the first time. If you haven't given it a reread in many a year, try it yourself and you'll be very pleasantly surprised.
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind is an excellent book. I read it the first time when i was 14 and i have read it every year at least once since then. I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to read this lengthy book. It keeps you waiting for more about Scarlett O'Hara and her life during the Civil War and her romance with the honorable Ashley Wilkes and the reckless, scalawag Rhett Butler. If you do read this book and love it like i do i would HIGHLY recommend the sequel "Scarlettl; the sequel to Gone with the Wind" by Alexandra Ripley
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