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Gone with the Wind Paperback – May 3, 2011
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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.
The mocking birds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
This setting could have been wrested directly from my childhood spent languishing in Tennessee. I paid close attention to it all—as any writer would—so I am not surprised when references to a drawling Mother Nature crop up in my work. But I have watched another Tennessean in the design world for a while now and have been puzzled that his artistic endeavors are sometimes just as imbued with this flavor because he is far from the typical southerner who spent his formative years steeped only in the unhurried droop of time that permeates everything below the Mason Dixon Line when experiencing days from a child’s perspective. His name is Barry Dixon and he is as well traveled as a person comes, his parents making it possible for him to experience a culturally diverse world during his youth—a practice he has continued throughout his career, which I believe speaks to his capacity for executing such a panoply of sophisticated styles.
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I think one of the most amazing aspects of the book is that it is Margaret Mitchell's first novel. Clearly, Ms. Mitchell had a story to tell, and she does it so well, giving detail and conversation that draws the reader in, but maintaining the tension of the broad scope of life in those days.
Although GWTW is a long book, it is not ponderous. I found it to be an easy read, and one that could be read in short snatches over a long time span without loosing the train of the story.
GWTW is worthy of 5 stars. I consider the hours I spent reading it to be time well spent.