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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.
Everything about this book is beyond superlative--vivid characters, settings that live and breathe, but especially Margaret Mitchell's prose. It would be worthwhile for any writer to study her sentences, every one of which flows with living motion, without a single flowery word. The dialogues between Scarlett and Rhett make sparks fly off the pages!
One could criticize the liberal use of racially offensive terms and the portrayal of happy slaves, but I would disagree. Within the world so meticulously created by the author, a bygone world, for all its faults, that was seen as being in equilibrium before its downfall, to have done otherwise would have been false.
This is truly the Great American Novel, in the top 5 of the greatest books I've ever read, and I suggest that you will thank yourself for reading it. My only regret about finishing Gone With the Wind is that now I can never again read it for the first time.
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.
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Hardcover – 1936
by Margaret. MITCHELL (Author)