- Mass Market Paperback: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Warner Books (August 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446365386
- ISBN-13: 978-0446365383
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2,628 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gone with the Wind
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“Pushing the bounds of the Richter Scale, the nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world." (Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Margaret Mitchell Marsh
1900 - 1949
Born in Atlanta in 1900, Margaret Mitchell grew up surrounded by relatives who told endless tales of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She knew those who were relics of a de-stroyed culture, and those who had put aside gentility for survival. Her mother instilled in her that education was her only security. She attended Smith College but had to come home when her mother fell ill. After her mother's death, Margaret resolved that she had to make a home for her father and brother, so she left college and returned to Atlanta.
In 1923, she became a feature writer for the Atlanta Journal, and in 1925, she married John Marsh, a public relations officer for Georgia Power. She found most of her assignments unfulfilling, and she soon left to try writing fiction more to her own taste. Her own harshest critic, she would not try to get her work published. She began to write Gone with the Wind in 1926, while recovering from an automobile accident. Over the next eight years she painstakingly researched for historical accuracy.
She accumulated thousands of pages of manuscript. Here is how she later described her life's labor: "When I look back on these last years of struggling to find time to write between deaths in the family, illness in the family and among friends which lasted months and even years, childbirths (not my own), divorces and neuroses among friends, my own ill health and four fine auto accidents ... it all seems like a nightmare. I wouldn't tackle it again for anything. Just as soon as I sat down to write, somebody I loved would decide to have their gall-bladder removed. ... "
In 1934, an editor from Macmillan's Publishers came to Atlanta seeking new authors. He was referred to John and Margaret Marsh as people who knew Atlanta's literary scene. She steered him to several prospects, but didn't mention her own work. A friend told him that she was writing a novel, but she denied it. On the night before he was to leave Atlanta, she appeared at his hotel-room door with her still imperfect, mountainous manuscript and left it with him for better or for worse.
The rest of the story is well-known --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
This novel is the second greatest selling book of all time (the Bible is first), and I can now see why it has maintained its extraordinary popularity for 75 years. That popularity was, and is, well deserved.
I first read this great American classic thirty years ago, watched the movie shortly after that, liked them both, but lost some elements of the story over the decades. So, a decision to read it again was one of the best things I ever did. It is a story full of rich, fluid and amazing descriptions that not only give depth to the characters that are themselves full of life and multiple dimensions, but also give greater credence to the plot, the true to life history around which the story is told and the settings that are so colorful. In fact, the story takes you to the complicated times of war, interwoven with love, loyalty, betrayal, friendship, kinship, patriotism and other extreme emotions that haunt man in his quest to be exclusive.
All in all, this is a fantastic book and deserves its place among America's top works of literature and fiction, and one of the best known classic books in the world. There aren't that many books of old that transport us to the times of their settings and leave us with the feeling that we understand what transpired at the time.
After finishing this novel,(it felt like a marathon of sorts, especially with a tome such as this novel, I do not recommend for those who are young and don't understand that it is a "period piece of literature " and that the times, The language used within the novel are not socially acceptable in today's society.
Gone with the wind. Not what I expected. I avoided for a very long time. Why? Obvious reasons. It looked big, old, usually foxed, overly spoken about, like an old, but beloved dog. Also, it looked boring compared to my Jodi Picoult books sitting on my bookshelf , to be read. It's cover was ugly( important for this reader) and the thought of How could an old book that raised so much controversy be interesting in 2015?
Afterward, I realised people haven't changed, times have. Therefore making it still interesting to read. Even more so due to the liberation movement.
First, a piece of key advice to any novel that you will read. Never read a book that on books. You think they may provide motivation for reading that dusty classic book or give a hint of an idea to give that proverbial push into interest,and also how to navigate finding great books to read. Not the case. Rather, I have found it to be a doorway to the plot killer, money waster , thus making your reading of a major work of literature sullied, dulling your response and impact to the book. Mine came with the book, "The last book Club " by Will Schwalbe. Can we tuck it in people? You are promoting books, not being cliff notes.
Gone with the wind, in my opinion, to sum up the plot , points to the hard fact that people we love, requited or cherished, our house, land, peace , morals, government - for better or worse life as we know it , can , at any moment -never remain static. Even our feelings, goals, people, relationships, maturation , money and death can be fleeting and therefore , other than Melanie Wilkinson, it seems, can be a liken to that something that can gone -like the wind.