Gone with the Wind (Gone with the Wind #1) by Margaret Mitchell
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: September 1, 1936
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Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed.
At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett 'O' Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.
Even though it has been over 30 years since I first read Gone with the Wind, the story and the characters have stayed with me. At that time, I was interested in the love story between Rhett and Scarlett. They were strong characters who were a perfect match and I wanted Scarlett to forget about Ashley and let Rhett sweep her away. There were times I thought Scarlett to be a spoiled, selfish person who was so irritating that I wanted to scream.
Now that I am older, I have a different perspective on the story. I still think that Scarlett and Rhett are a perfect match and if Margaret Mitchell had written a sequel, they would have overcome all the things that happened between them and lived happily ever after. However, there is so much more to Gone with the Wind. It is the story about friendship, forgiveness, and survival.
Where I once saw Scarlett as a spoiled, selfish young woman, I now admire the spunk and adaptability she showed as a young women dealing with the horrors of the Civil War and the destruction of the life she once knew.
Scarlett possessed many of the same attributes as female CEOs running corporations today. She is the type of person you want to have on your side when dealing with insurmountable odds. I can even overlook her infatuation with Ashley as he often encouraged her admiration.
If you haven’t read Gone with the Wind, don’t let the 900 plus pages deter you. It is not a book to be rushed through, but one to be savored. Letting it pull you into its rich detail to a time when people values and lifestyles were shaken to the core, a love story, a story of friendship, and a story of survival. Come to know the characters that will stay with you long after the story is finished.
If you have read it before, pick it up again. Reread it. See what new details or perspective you discover this time around.
Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, popularly known as Margaret Mitchell, was an American author, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel, Gone with the Wind, published in 1936. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 28 million copies. An American film adaptation, released in 1939, became the highest-grossing film in the history of Hollywood, and received a record-breaking number of Academy Awards.