#6 Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

Book: Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

Genre: Classic fiction (Pulitzer Prize winner 1937)

Where I got it: I borrowed a copy from the library and began with that.  But at over 1,000 pages the volume is huge; I found it uncomfortable for reading in bed and impractical for my commute.  So I downloaded a Kindle copy and read most of it on that.

Length: 1,472 pages

Briefly, it’s set in Georgia during and after the American Civil War, and follows in particular the ups and downs of Scarlett O’Hara, her journey from riches to poverty and back to riches again, her loves and hates, her strengths and weaknesses, and her growth in self-
knowledge.

Comments: I had neither read the book nor seen the movie before.  Goodness!  How did I get to this point of my life without exposure to this work?  It’s marvellous!  It’s a book that could be discussed and studied for a very, very long time.  Commentaries on it abound.  I’m glad I read the preface by Pat Conroy in my library edition (Pocket Books Fiction – you’d need a fairly big pocket!) for an understanding of the significance of a book written from the perspective of the women on the losing side of the Civil War.  But don’t bother too much with the commentaries, just read the book.

Challenges: Back to the Classics Challenge, for the (optional) category A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  I’m now looking forward to watching the movie, even though I hadn’t initially planned to!

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3 thoughts on “#6 Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)

  1. I’m glad you liked it — it’s one of my favorites of historical fiction, and despite the length, it’s a pretty fast read. I first read it as a teenager and have reread it many time, but it’s been years since I picked it up — I have an old, battered paperback copy. I’d like to find that Pat Conroy introduction. Thanks so much for linking it to the Back to the Classics Challenge!

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  3. I’ve read GWTW a number of times, mostly as a teen and young adult, though I’ve reread it twice as an adult. It does provide a very skewed view of the Civil War but it is interesting from the perspective of Mitchell and her family. Glad you got to read this American classic.

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