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Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1992

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Ripley's ultra-mega-hyped sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind spent 28 weeks on PW 's bestseller list while receiving uniformly dismal notices from the critics.
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The timeless tale continues... The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well: Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of course, Scarlett. As the classic story, first told over half a century ago, moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless, consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler reaches its startling culmination. Rich with surprises at every turn and new emotional, breathtaking adventures, Scarlett satisfies our longing to reenter the world of Gone With the Wind, and like its predecessor, Scarlett will find an eternal place in our hearts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 884 pages
  • Publisher: Warner; 1st Printed in Ppbk: Oct. 1992 edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446363251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446363259
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (760 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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330 of 384 people found the following review helpful By on August 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a huge fan of GONE WITH THE WIND, I couldn't help but be excited when the sequel was first announced. The day it was released, I bought it eagerly - 24 hours later I finished the last page, closed the book and tried to distill all I was feeling - the anger and disappointment at seeing so fine a work as GWTW and its sparkling characters, distorted into something "mass market" and extremely unacceptable. When Margaret Mitchell was asked what became of Scarlett and Rhett, she replied that, like Rhett, she "didn't give a damn". She was tired of the whole book, which had consumed almost 10 years of her life. In her will, she had strict instructions that, upon her death, any remaining papers, notes, etc, relating to her writing of GWTW should be burned - which her husband faithfully carried out. Thus, we will never know if Mrs. Mitchell DID have ideas of what happened to the characters, of if the rumors WERE true... what were the rumors? That GWTW hadn't ended in the pre-publication version, with Rhett leaving Scarlett. Rumor says that it went on a bit longer, sort of just tapering off (the novel was not finished when the publisher bought it), but they had to choose some point to end the story, and Rhett leaving was the point decided upon. How true these rumors are, or if they are just wishful thinking by fans, will never be known. One thing that is certain is that there was a sequel commissioned by MGM around 1972 titled "TARA" (the author's name is not known). Unfortunately, MGM didn't really hold the rights to the story, only the film, and "Tara" never made it out of the galleys. It's said that "Tara" was superbly written, and not only stayed true to the original story and characters, but also to Mrs.Read more ›
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109 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Katy Didd on August 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really, really tried to like this book, but all I can say is that it's an even bigger disappointment than I expected. Like many other Gone With the Wind fans who know the classic book and the movie frontwards and backwards, I was excited about the prospect of a continuation of Scarlett and Rhett's saga. However, instead of being entertained, I was insulted by nearly nine hundred pages of juvenile writing and a laughable, boring plot. None of the rich detail and vivid imagery that made Margaret Mitchell's book a masterpiece can be found here. Tara is a distant memory, and Georgia is just another spot on the map.

What's worse, all the marvelous characters who seemed so life-like in Mitchell's book are either killed off or ignored in Ripley's travesty. Except of course, Scarlet and Rhett, who are more irritating than interesting. Every facet of their personalities that made these two some of literature's most fascinating and unique human beings has been destroyed. Instead of drama, we get this bit of comedy: Scarlett loses all sensibilities and becomes a barefoot Irish peasant who cusses and has extra-marital sex. Good for her. Rhett loses his masculinity and is now a neutered mama's boy who dotes on his mother so much it began to make me uncomfortable.

One thing REALLY bothered me about this so-called sequel. Rhett and Scarlett's four-year-old daughter Bonnie died shortly before this book begins, and Scarlett never seems to mourn her, even though this beloved child died right before her eyes. In fact, Scarlet scarcely gives Bonnie a thought. Yet we're supposed to believe that when Cat is born that Scarlet suddenly becomes the world's most loving mother?
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217 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
GONE WITH THE WIND ends with a question mark. Scarlett's ideal mate, Rhett Butler, has left her--and she is determined to get him back. But can she? Did she? And author Margaret Mitchell was beseiged with fans who wanted to know. To one and all Mitchell gave the same answer: the story ended where it ended. There was nothing more to tell. But where there is a will, there is a way--and especially so where there is a buck to be made. Some thirty-plus years after her untimely death, Mitchell's estate was persuaded to release the rights, and Alexandria Ripley was contracted to "finish" the story.

Although she is writing a sequel, Ripley goes to considerable pain to prevent readers from compairing her style and her novel to Mitchell's style and her novel--and so, wisely perhaps, Ripley wastes little time in killing off Mammy and moving the action out of Georgia entirely. But Ripley also revises the leading characters, and in the most bizarre ways imaginable. Scarlett gives Tarah to her sister Sue Ellen and runs off to Ireland, where she learns it is much easier to dance a jig if you take your corset off first. Give away Tara? To the sister she always hated? Ireland? Stranger still, when Rhett leaves Scarlett he goes to Charleston, where he tries to make amends with his family while also indulging his love of horticulture. HORTICULTURE? Well Hush My Mouth And Stuff Me With Chiltins!

Now, Ripley--who is best known for such mild-mannered but best-selling historical romances as CHARLESTON--isn't a bad writer. And frankly, if we changed the names Rhett and Scarlett to something else, this would be an okay book. But Ripley ain't no Margaret Mitchell.
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