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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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From Publishers Weekly
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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I read some other reviewer's criticism of the writing. I think Alexandra Ripley did an amazing job writing this sequel. I feel that she captured Scarlett and Rhett's personalities exactly. I did get tired of Scarlett's me, me, me attitude and the fact that she was convinced that Rhett still loved her even though he had married someone else. Turned out she was right. I thought Scarlett was very insensitive leaving her two children with her sister just so she could go do her own thing. She all but forgot her children. It's no surprise that they didn't want to go back to Ireland with her. In the end, Scarlett and Rhett did finally get together, so I think it ended like it was supposed to. Again, Ripley did an amazing job of writing this sequel. I will say that the book is so long (the hardback is 823 pages) and I grew weary of reading lots of unnecessary stuff, so I skimmed over part of it. I don't think I really missed that much by skimming over parts of it. I still got the meat and bones of the story.
Scarlett goes from one misunderstanding to another as she travels to Tara, Charleston, Savannah, and Ireland. She schemes and schemes to get Rhett back but you must read until the final 10 pages to see what happens with that.
You'll meet lots of new characters including two grandparents. Also, you'll meet Cat, her daughter. She is close to her but not so much her other two kids Wade and Ella. You'll meet Rhett's family and Scarlett's three surviving relatives on her mother's side, and also her huge Irish family from her Dad.
The book goes from one direction to another. Each city she is in could be its own book, but she leaves and a new story is started in another city. Scarlett is a formidable business woman but clueless when it comes to sex and certain life customs.
This novel is different from the 1994 miniseries.