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[[ Read E-pub ]] ë Gone with the Wind ⚸ Margaret Mitchell s monumental epic of the South won a Pulitzer Prize, gave rise to the most popular motion picture of our time, and inspired a sequel that became the fastest selling novel of the century It is one of the most popular books ever writtenthan 28 million copies of the book have been sold inthan 37 countries Today,than 60 years after its initial publication, its achievements are unparalleled, and it remains the most revered American saga and the most beloved work by an American writer back cover 6 29 16 UPDATE I have since watched the movie and although I really liked the movie, it doesn t hold a candle to the book But you can imagine that a book this size can t be put into one movie sitting And where the book made me cry a lot, the movie didn t.I spent over 12 hours today finishing this book 1037 pages 1 Because I wanted to know what was going to happen 2 I have no sort of life so I can do this from time to time.I can not believe it took me so long to read this book I didn t think it would be my kind of book and I have never watched the movie I did order the blu ray on today because I have to see it soon I must say that GOODREADS has been a blessing and a curse in this department I have broadened my horizons since being on GOODREADS from reading books my friends are reading or have read and this is one of them I would have missed out on this book This book has so many feels for me DisgustSadnessRageShockI invested so much into so many characters So many characters that died, that I loved ones that didn t even have much of a role in the story, I loved them I thought this was just a love story around the war, but it s so much Dear God, Margaret Mitchell knew how to write a book about it all No holds barred I have to make a small mention that I was born in Tennessee and it was so weird reading a bit part about Chattanooga where I live now in the book I guess the biggest part was reading about the battle at Chickamauga, GA I live 20 minutes from the Chickamauga Battlefield in Ga and used to hike it for many years with my dog and my father until things in my life went wrong I have to say it s a most beautiful place with all of the land, wildlife, monuments, store, a lot of things It s a lot nicer now that I would think back then during the war I had this love hate relationship with Scarlett I thought she was a spoiled, selfish person and the way she treated people and her own children were appalling I loved that she was a crude business woman and just got it done One of her slaves named Pork who I loved told her if she was as nice to white people as she was to black folk that the world might like her But Scarlett didn t care, she said what she wanted and did what she wanted She didn t want to take care of Melanie when the soldiers were coming She hated Melanie because she was married to Ashley, the man she always wanted It was off the rails with all of that with him Scarlet jumped right on the crazy train with that one and it cost her in the end But Scarlet stayed with Melanie when she had her baby and got her to safety at Scarlett s home Tara She took care of everyone in the family say what you want but SHE.DID.NOT.LET.THEM.STARVE EXCERPT Hunger gnawed at her empty stomach again and she said aloud As God is my witness, as God is my witness, the Yankees aren t going to lick me I m going to live through this, and when it s over, I m never going to be hungry again No, nor any of my folks If I have to steal or kill as God is my witness, I m never going to be hungry again Scarlett hated every moment of taking care of her family Of worrying about others, but she did it In a war that was senseless Margaret Mitchell told everything like it is, laid it out bare for us to cringe and hate and cry So many things were so wrong, but it was what it wasMy favorite character was Melanie She was such a kind soul, but she had her moments when she got her backbone on and told people like it was, and they respected her because of this kindness She was married to Ashley and I thought she was going to die in childbirth but she lived through it It wasn t her time yet I loved Scarlett s dad a lot Gerald O Hara This is where Scarlett got her temper But he was a funny man, a good man to his family and people and animals I loved Mrs Tarleton, Grandma Fontaine, Mammy, Uncle Peter there are so many I can t even name them all and like I said before some were only in the book a few times Scarlett married twice and had two children She didn t care for children and she didn t care for her husbands, she just did what she did to get what she needed I had a love hate relationship with Rhett too Back in those days it was okay but he was a way older man taking up or trying to take up with a younger girl in Scarlett But it wasn t just that he just got on my nerves with is comings and goings I think if he really loved Scarlett for that long he should have told her and wooed her and then maybe things would have turned out differently I have no idea Scarlett did have a child with Rhett as well Things were all good in the home for a while and then things went way down hill It was sad to read, hard to read I wish the ending was different, but it wasn t It was an extremely sad ending for two different reasons and I won t give those away I know most people have probably read the book or watched the movie a million times and already know but still I cried and cried This is a tremendously heartbreaking book, but I m so, so glad that I read it MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List It takes guts to make your main character spoiled, selfish, and stupid, someone without any redeeming qualities, and write an epic novel about her But it works for two reasons First of all you wait for justice to fall its merciless blow with one of the most recognized lines in cinema frankly my dear, I don t give a damn , but you end with a broken and somewhat repentant character and you can t be pitiless Secondly, if you were going to parallel the beautiful, affluent, lazy, spirited South being conquered by the intellectual, industrious North, what better way to do that than with characters who embody those characteristics You come to feel a level of sadness that the South and Scarlett lost their war and hope that they will rebuild.I enjoyed the picture of pre war South outside of what you learn in history class approved by the nation that won the war If the South had won, we would have an entirely different picture painted A story of lush lands and prosperity abounding with chivalry and gentility by a too passionate people If you visit the South today, you can see that all these generations later the wounds of the war and the regret at losing the way of life are still fresh But if it had not been the civil war, it would have been by other means that the lazy sprawled out way of life would have been conquered by our efficient, compact, modern lives I enjoyed the picture of plantations that did not abuse slaves to the extent that you read about in many memoirs There was still a disrespect in that they viewed darkies as ignorant and childish and worthy of being owned, but there were those who cared for those in their trust And the North who came down riling up the lowest of the slaves to flip the oppression did not want any contact with a race they feared Prejudice takes many faces Slavery is such an important part of American history, but I don t know that I agree with the format in which it is taught at least the way it was taught to me We take young, tolerant children and feed them stories of racism and abuse and then tell them the world is naturally prejudice that they are prejudice so don t be White children start feeling awkward and aware and black children start feeling mistreated and aware We manage to teach children about Indian and Holocaust history without the same enthusiasm to end racism by breeding racism There has to be a better way But I digress.I also enjoyed Mitchell showing the volatile formula in which the KKK was aroused, that it wasn t just a disdain for free darkies but a need to protect their women and children from the rash anger now imposed on them through this new regime Not that there are any redeeming qualities in the KKK, or even the Southern rash justice by pistol shot to curb wounded pride, but it was interesting to learn the wider circumstances in which it arose The entire picture of the Southern perspective from the hierarchy of slaves to the disdain of the reconstruction was enlightening The post war difficulties, that sometimes it s harder to survive than die, were some of my favorite epiphanies of the story What everyone in the South went through, both white and black, after everything was deconstructed and they didn t know how to rebuild It wasn t just about freeing slaves but about rebuilding an entire way of life and sometimes change, even good change, can be this scary and destructive.My one complaint about the book was at times the description was lengthy I d get a grasp for the emotions of Scarlett that are supposed to describe the emotions of all Southerners or the description of the land at Tara as a representation of the rich red soil all Southerners love and then Mitchell would go on for paragraphs or pages rehashing that feeling to pull the most emotion out of you It worked, but sometimes I think she could have done so in fewer words I view Scarlett as a representation of the South in which she loved She did not care from whence the wealth came or believed that it would ever end Because she was rich and important, she would conquer As the Yankees attempted to rebuild the South, fresh in their embitterment at a war they did not want to fight, you can both see their reasoning and feel for the Southerners who were licked and then stomped on in their attempts to gain back of their life You see that in Scarlett On one hand you don t pity her and think she needs a lesson in poverty and on the other hand you want her to survive Either she can lie down and cling to her old ways or she can debase herself and rebuild Survival, not morality, is her strongest drive.Oh Scarlett We all know people like her People who unscrupulously use their womanly charms to get ahead and carry a deep disdain for those bound by concepts of kindness, morals, or intelligence and most especially for those who see them for what they are instead of being manipulated People who care for nobody but themselves and who find enjoyment in life not in what they have, but in conquering the unattainable that is only desirable because it is out of reach I loved how Mitchell showed Scarlett s decline from a religious albeit not believing girl who allowed her rationalization and avoidance to carry her from one sin to the next of intensifying degree An excellent portrait of the degradation of character Initially I thought she was the only character who wasn t growing, actually digressing But by the end she does grow up In no regard is this greater than in her eventual desire to be a mother Turning from her ravenous post war desire to survive to her acceptance of life and the people around her as the way they are, eventually Scarlett grows into the person she was meant to be As did the South Prideful and resentful, eventually they had to accept that they lost the war and take what was given them and try to make it work.Scarlett realizes that Melanie is not the weak, cowardly girl she always assumed but the most courageous character in the book and one who gets her means by influence and persuasion instead of Scarlett s uncivil ways It is Melly, not Scarlett, who could get anything she desires and her heart is not her weakness but her greatest strength Finally Scarlett values the importance of love and sees that it does not make one weak but deep to possess it OK, I won t go that far She s not intelligent enough to analyze love, but she grows up enough to fall for it anyway, to realize she needs people She sees Ashley not as the strong, honorable character she had always esteemed but the weakest and least honorable character in the book Anyone who would tease another woman with confessions of love just so he could keep her heart and devotion at arm s length is not truly honoring his marriage vows The greatest gift he could give his wife was the knowledge that he loved her And we all know that like any pretty toy, once Scarlett had taken him, she would have discarded him The debasing knowledge that he is not fit for a rougher way of life doesn t endear him For all his intelligence, he could have picked himself up by the bootstraps and made something of himself if he wanted to survive He is a representation of the Old South that had to die but many couldn t let go of, even today That s the sadness of the loss of the Southern way, still longing for the past instead of moving forward.Then we come to Rhett, the only character with the ability to conquer Scarlett, who was quite the devil Just like the ladies in old Atlanta I found myself at times entranced by his charms, but often I did not like or trust him I was often torn about the way he constantly encouraged Scarlett to fall another wrung on her morality ladder and mocked her emotions, mocked all of Southern civility What annoyed me most about him was that he showed love by coddling his wife and child until they were spoiled, dependent, but not grateful, and this was his idea of being a good father and husband And yet I sympathized with him and was often amused by him More than anything I enjoyed his intelligence as a way for Mitchell to introduce the Yankee viewpoint, using his sarcasm as satire I loved the whole discussion of his not being a gentleman and her no lady.More than anything I saw his slow conquering of Scarlett s heart as a parallel to the slow enveloping of the South by the North until they realized they were dependent on their conquerors but could still maintain their fierce spirit, a marriage of North and South The fact that she could never fully understand him shows the divide between to two philosophies But does the South lose in this blending Can t they adopt the intellectual ways of the North and still maintain their civility Just like Ashley, they would rather have dreamt and remembered than changed.The characters in the book are so vivid that like or dislike you cannot get them out of your head There are no vibrant characters in the history of literature that Scarlett O Hara and Rhett Butler There is a reason this book is a classic Everyone should read it at least once in their life to appreciate the civil war and understand the sadness and loss that enveloped the country. I honestly do not know whether to give this book 5 stars for being one of the most completely engrossing, shocking, and emotionally absorbing pieces of literature ever written, or to give it 0 stars for being the most tragic, unendingly upsetting, disturbing book I ve ever read I read the last 50 pages or so literally with my mouth wide open, unable to believe that it was really going to be THAT tragically sad When I finally finished, I walked downstairs in a daze, handed the book to my husband, and told him to burn it and never let me see it again Throughout the book, I frantically kept reading, often until 2am or later, just to see when it would turn around and start getting happy, but there was never any redemption it NEVER got happy or uplifting It just kept spiraling down, down, into despair Maybe after a few days I will be able to step back and give it a proper rating I just finished it last night, and am still reeling from it UPDATE After about a week, I have decided to give this book a 5, because any piece of fiction that can have that strong an effect on a reader deserves the highest ranking possible Besides, I ve found that, no matter how tragic and sometimes unlikeable the chartacters were, I am still thinking about them days after I finished reading I almost miss them They have truly come alive for me Besides, who doesn t love a good emotional roller coaster every once in a while Another epic story complete This was a very good one I have read a few huge books in my life Some are a struggle to get through and others are so captivating they read easier than a 300 page novel Gone With The Wind falls in the captivating category At no point was I bored with the story or wondering if it was ever going to end I was fully invested every step of the way invested to the point that my wife was amused that I spent a lot of time talking back to the book or exclaiming when something big or shocking happened Gone With The Wind was the complete experience.Before I go further, I will address the uncomfortable part of the book the depiction of race, dialect, and other Civil War era activities in the South At times I felt like maybe I shouldn t be enjoying a book featuring a sympathetic view of the South or feeling bad for those who struggled in their losses to the North However, the story was really interesting and I have seen a lot of people from a wide variety of races give this book 5 stars, so I believe it is generally acceptable to enjoy it for what it is with an understanding of the time period it was written.The writing so great How is it that Margaret Mitchell is only known for this book I will have to look it up and see if she wrote any others To write such a large book with a great story, symbolism, character development, etc like this is pure genius.The story I had seen the movie but was not sure if I should expect it to be the same seems like Hollywood used to stick closer to the source material than they do now From what I remember of the move, it is a pretty fair adaptation of the book I thought the combination of fictional characters and events along side and intertwined with ones that actually occurred was very well done Because of that I am sure this is a novel that historians enjoy as well.The characters Great character studies and development Watching where everyone starts compared to where the finish was very interesting It is not often you get to go along on what seems like an almost daily journey with the characters from youth through adulthood None of these characters have it easy Seeing how each character handles the struggles of drastic life changes is the heart and soul of this book.Gone With The Wind lives up to its reputation as a classic If you have the time for a 900 page book, you really should check it out.Side note finished this while in Greenville, South Carolina pretty close to Atlanta Seems appropriate