Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Celebrating four years of blogging this month! Here’s my first post ever – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – a classic historical fiction during a shameful time. What’s your take? Can good people exist on the wrong side of morality? Does Mitchell portray realistic characters? Is the story still enjoyable despite the subject?

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Gone with the Wind book cover
Gone With the Wind
by
Margaret Mitchell

Rating:

As with all great classics, I am hard-pressed to say anything original about Gone With the Wind. This is my second reading and I still love the book. If you have seen the movie, but have not read the book, read the book. There is a great deal more that will only add to your enjoyment of the story line.

Some things I did not know about Margaret Mitchell made re-reading the book all the more interesting (thank you Wikipedia). Mitchell’s maternal great-grandfather was from Ireland and settled on a slave-holding plantation in Georgia. Her grandfather fought in the Civil War and made a lot of money in the lumber business after the war (just like Scarlett!). As a young girl, Mitchell heard a lot of Civil War stories from her relatives and visited the ruined plantations in Georgia. And, most…

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15 thoughts on “Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  1. I l91st track at 28 times Re-reading this. Its now only an annual and only my favorite parts. It made me into a reader, civil war freak. Even in 1975 as a teen I couldn’t understand why she wrote the slaves speech in such a demeaning way.

  2. Congrats on four years of blogging…and on another re-read of GWTW. I read it at least three times, but that was many years ago. I have a hardcover copy sitting on my nightstand waiting for another one.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Congratulations on four years!
    I’ve seen the movie several times but never read the book though my wife has. She loved it.
    Do you think there should have been a sequel to the book/movie?

  4. Fabulous first post, Barbara! 🙂 Love seeing where we started and how far we’ve come. Congrats on four years.

    I’ve actually never read this but have seen the film a few times. It’s a tough one, like you said, a shameful time period but I always enjoyed watching the film.

    1. Thank you Sarah. The movie is excellent and I love the Scarlet/Rhett dynamic. I also think both do a good job of portraying the South after the war – though I am from the north so I can’t say for sure.

  5. Wow! That’s a terrific first post, Barbara! 😀 Congratulations on four years of blogging!!😀 As for the book, I’ve never read it and barely seen the film (only as very young and bored!) – this is a great review but not sure one I’d read.

  6. I love Gone with the Wind and your post made me want to read it again. I hadn’t heard those things about Margaret Mitchell – that’s interesting that her family background must have helped to make her characters more realistic. It’s true that some parts can be disturbing, but I just figure historical figures or characters are products of the time period. In a way that shouldn’t fully excuse them, but it’s hard to judge them when our way of thinking is so different. Mostly, I just love Scarlett’s spunk and the Civil War background.

    Thinking about all this made me think of Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus – you might like that one if you haven’t read it.

    1. Thanks Sheila for your GWTW input. I loved the Scarlet/Rhett dynamic – what great dialogue!! I’ll look out for The Redemption of Christopher Columbus – thanks for the recommendation. Happy reading and writing!

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