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Gone With the Wind

Mitchell, Margaret (Book - 1964 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.
Authors: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Title: Gone with the wind
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1964
Characteristics: 1037 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Margaret Mitchell
Summary: A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.
ISBN: 068483068X
9780684830681
Branch Call Number: FICTION MITCHELL
Subject Headings: Women Georgia History 19th century Fiction Georgia History Civil War, 1861-1865 Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
War stories
Topical Term: Women
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A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.


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Jul 18, 2014
  • red_parrot_84 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I think this book is really good. The beginning was a little slow and confusing. I was about to stop reading it, but I'm glad I didn't. The rest of the story was totally worth the wait. After I finished it, I felt like I knew Scarlett myself. It is also written in really good detail.

Jun 19, 2014
  • bnhiker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book 20 years ago when I was 19, and it remains one of a handful of my favorite books.

Jun 16, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

favorite summer read!

Hi, I think that Gone with the Wind should be read for its entertainment value. It is a great story. Because it came out during the Depression many people must have identified with Scarlett and the loss of every comfort she knew. Eugenia Renskoff

This book is a great example of 'unintended consequences'. She never intended it to be as famous or endurning as it has been.
A great summer read for when you are hiding in the ac from the heat.
This book has had so many parodies (Think Carol Burnetts' comedy routine where she comes down the stairs in a curtain rod and drapes) and take offs. I am sure that everyone has heard the infamous,
"Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn" quote. It is a part of the fabric (maybe 'drapery'??) of our society...

Mar 24, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book remains safely protected under the cover of a Pulitzer Prize, otherwise its raving racism would have been denounced. Anyone nowadays who dared to write a book referring to blacks as Mrs. Mitchell did, would be torn to shreds. Throughout the book Scarlet laments that her "too dear a homeland" was being "turned over to ignorant Negroes drunk with whisky and freedom." The Yankees are just plain mean, because they wanted to give blacks the vote and believed interracial marriage should be legal. Scarlet feels toward blacks the same way modern Democrats seem to do: they are minors who can’t possibly survive without help by the white man! I hoped she would change her mindset and see the light; but Mitchell never takes the time to enlighten her character: Scarlet goes on with the same condescending attitude. The Klan, obviously, was only created out of the concern of the good Southern whites, to deal with "insolent Negroes" who were turning fond eyes on white women; the same Negroes Mitchell paradoxically describes as trusted, faithful, and loyal... Yankees are portrayed as regarding blacks as mere brutes. Yet, History tells us of slaves been snatched through the North from the Southern plantations and sent to Canada by these same Yankees... Where I live (near Lake Erie) you can still visit the houses that served as safe havens for slaves running away from their owners in the South—the "Underground Railroad"; I'm sure these running blacks just misunderstood the good intentions of their owners down in the South… If Mitchell wanted to impart the view that whites and blacks are equal—which was supposedly the one she espoused—she failed monstrously! Her book gets readings at the Margaret Mitchell's Museum in Atlanta, but I am sure only very well selected parts are read out loud. If published today, this book would have caused riots bigger than the LA ones. It is interesting to note that President Lincoln (a white man) justified his fight against enslaving other human beings also on religious grounds.

Mar 23, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written in 1936 about “a civilization gone with the wind”. A civilization included slavery which many southern whites justified on Biblical grounds. Anyone writing this book today appropriately would be considered racist, but as one user comments, a "conservative" might be more likely to entertain the idea.

Feb 26, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Feb 20, 2014
  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gone With the Wind is a really awesome book!! I am 11 yrs old and I love it! My family is waiting for me to be finished reading the book, then we will watch the movie and i will compare it with the book. I recommend it for everyone to read! I assure you, you will love it! It's long but persevere through it and you will be satisfied!

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Jul 21, 2014
  • red_parrot_84 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I'm not a marrying man." -Rhett Butler

Rhett: Frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a Damn!

Scarlet: Who's Frank?

Jun 05, 2014
  • movie_christian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"No girl in the County, with the possible exception of the empty-headed Cathleen Calvert, really liked Scarlett"

Mar 24, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"Frankly, I don't give a damn." (Butter never uttered "my dear" in the book, only in the movie; and the "damn" was a big no-no at the time!)

Feb 25, 2014
  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You can afford to be_but you won't. It's hard to salvage jettisoned cargo and, if it is retrieved, it's usually irreparably damaged. And I fear that when you can afford to fish up the honour and virtue and kindness you've thrown overboard, you'll find they have suffered a sea change and not, I fear, into something rich and strange...." -Rhett Butler

Feb 25, 2014
  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Oh, fiddle-dee-dee! Melly's a fool. She might have died that night because you acted so heroic." -Scarlett O'Hara

Feb 01, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" My dear, I don't give a damn."
-Rhett Butler

Jan 29, 2014
  • arrobins70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.” - Scarlett

"Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar." - Scarlett

The old days had no glitter but they had a charm, a beauty, a slow-paced glamour. -Ashley Wilkes

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