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Gone with the Wind Paperback – July 10, 2007
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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
About the Author
Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of an attorney who was president of the Atlanta Historical Society. She married in 1925, and spent the following ten years putting down on paper the stories she had heard about the Civil War. The result was Gone With The Wind, first published in 1936. It won the Pulitzer price, sold over ten million copies, was translated into eighteen languages and was later made into one of the best-loved films of all time starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. This book, a record bestseller, was her only published work. She died in 1949. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
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.
Now no one could tell you all the parts of Gone With Wind, so I will hit some of the highlights. Here goes...
Scarlet O'Hara is the enticing southern belle that shook the state of Georgia, pre-civil war.
Then there was the war. Scarlet's world is turned up side down. She also meets Rhett Butler (my favorite).
The south is destroyed by Sherman's march to the sea. The carpetbaggers and the rest of the riff raff that poluted the south.
The end of the book is a settling down period. Scarlet finds out there is a day of reckoning for all the harm she has done to everyone.