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-
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!