Gone with the Wind

So much has been said in praise of this book that now it feels redundant to add more. Gone with the windMargaret Mitchell‘s only Gone With the Windpublished work, is an unforgettable tale of love and loss. Margaret Mitchell was a brilliant writer. Gone with the wind (GWTW) is a thousand (1000) page brilliant piece of literature that doesn’t have a single uninteresting or boring chapter. I feel sad for people who just don’t read this book because “it’s a romance” or ” it’s racist” – I think it’s worth a try at least! I encourage everyone to read it.

The thing that i really admire about this book is that it has an amazing piece of history stored inside it. I liked reading that. The author wrote a  magnificent yet biased picture of American civil war. In my review i will stay away from that everlasting racism debate. Yet it was very difficult for me to understand that slave’ pronunciation of several words.

The characters are lively, captivating and believable. The story revolves around beautiful, charming yet selfish and rebellious Scarlet ‘O’ Hara and a dashing young man Rhett Butler. Other main characters include Ashley Wilkes, the childhood love of scarlet ‘O’ Hara, and Melanie Wilkes, a distant cousin and wife of Ashley.

Sacrlet ‘O’ Hara, OH! i just don’t have words to describe her. She is young, lively, captivating and bitchy. OH! i am so sorry for saying that but as i read somewhere

“If any literary character ever deserved to be called a bitch, it’s Scarlett O’Hara. She is the queen of all bitches”. 

She was brilliant and magnificent – i loved her rebellious nature. She made me laugh so hard for many times. I would say that she is one of the best literary characters. Many people would disagree with me but obviously people don’t like it when something is different and Scarlet ‘O’ Hara was different – she wasn’t one of those sympathetic heroines, she was fiercely independent. I would say that she was selfish and was totally incapable of retrospection or analysis. She didn’t learned from her mistakes – still i wouldn’t dare call her stupid; by running a business when her whole world was burned down to ashes – she proved that she wasn’t stupid. She had such charming personality through which she was able to fool everyone (obviously except Rhett Butler). Although she married thrice but still throughout the book she only had true feelings for one person – Ashley Wilkes. In short she was full with surprises.

Rhett Butler and Scarlet O' Hara (From the movie)
Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’ Hara (From the movie)

One thing that Scarlet O’ Hara didn’t realize was her soft corner for Rhett butler and unfortunately her epiphany was met by cold rebuff in the end. Rhett Butler, an equally awesome character  was the best counterpart for scarlet O’ Hara. The relationship between Scarlet O’ Hara and Rhett Butler was one of the most heart wrenching and emotional aspect of this book, both of them were cold-hearted fools with deep soft corners. Rhett Butler was inquisitively charming and carefree except his love for Scarlet O’ Hara – his only weakness. The ending of their relationship left me with an awe.

The book has its moments. My favorite lines from the book include “I’ ll think of it tomorrow” by scarlet ‘O’ Hara and obviously the famous last line of Rhett Butler “My dear, i don’t give a damn”. These two lines left me smiling and thinking both at the same time.

Five Amazing Facts about “Gone with the Wind

  • Gone With The Wind has sold more than 30 million copies since it was first published in May 1936. The book remains one of the best-selling novels of all time, and has been translated into 25 languages.
  • The book won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize, while the 1939 film inspired from the book won ten Academy Awards and became the highest grossing movie in Hollywood’s history.
  • The house in which Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind is located in midtown Atlanta and is a popular tourist destination and museum.
  • Mitchell was killed in 1949, at the age of 48, when she was struck by a taxi while crossing Peachtree Street — a prominent location in the book.
  • The word “frankly” was added to Rhett Butler’s iconic line from the Gone With the Wind movie. In the book, it simply appears as “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

It is impossible not be carried away by this book!

 

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