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“Say what you will about Scarlett O'Hara, but there's a reason she caught the imagination of our nation when this novel was published in 1936, during the height of the Great Depression. Scarlett's resilience and determination to make it through the Civil War and Reconstruction struck a cord with...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“BOOO! This is supposed to be a great literary work. A masterpiece. THE great American Novel! I barely made it through with my sanity intact.
“This book is so much more than a cheap romance. It's a sweeping epic, an interwoven tae of heroism and character and flawed humanity struggling to survive and love and live.
It puts the spotlight on an suppressed but integral section of US history called the Reconstruction that most people have never even heard of.”
“Glad I finished it! Great accomplishment for me!”Alexandra Snyder wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This had a little bit of everything: war, romance, and suspense. I loved the ending b/c it was so unique and made the story so much more realistic! I also gives you the Civil War from a Southern perspective!”Lucile Ionescu wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As an English lit major who has learned more about life, history, love, philosophy and survival from fiction than from any other source (and I've been reading a book a week for many decades), I view GWTW as the greatest fiction ever written by an American. The author gives us the history of the Civil War with NO axe to grind. She grew up on the laps of Confederate soldiers; she tells the good, bad and indifferent about the South, but she does it with passion and kindness and she does so from all perspectives. There is no better way to gain an understanding of the CW than is offered by this masterpiece. Then, too, the myriad plots are captivating and the inescapable characters breathe in your face; the descriptive passage rival those of Dickens, Poe, Hardy and other literary giants. No reader can afford to miss this book. The brilliant movie, on which it was based, pales in comparison. Do yourself a favor. Read GWTW now. (A much more detailed review can be found on my website: www.lifeosophy.info.)”BookAWeekMan wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't put this book down! ”Debra wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“COPY: Yay, got a kindle ebook copy to read for 6th time? 1.99”droonfang wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gone with the Wind is an American War & Peace. This is serious literature, which won the Pulitzer prize, no less. Most people don't see past the epic plot (which isn't as cut and dried as you may think) or the love story, but this is no less than a successfull attempt to reclaim a discarded culture. It is not about crinoline and lace, it is about the Apocalypse and how losers of the counter-revolution must learn to live in a place where all their politics, personal or civil, are demolished. Scarlett O'Hara is popular because she is an American, driven, materialistic, sentimental and utterly ruthless. Rhett Bulter is the tragic character of this book; the way of life and ideals he disdained are killing him, and he suffers like no one else in this post-apocalyptic landscape. His departure at the end is an act of contrition as much as a romantic failure; he had tried to recreate the materialism of the ante-bellum world, but negeclected the spirituality (such as it is) of men like Ashley Wilkes. Both men, the dreamer and the realist end up alone in a very sterile place. This book is proto-feminist as well. Scarlett survives, even as everything around her dies, but in the end, she too is alone.
The author's use of prose was beautiful, all the scenes and action came alive. Some will be offended by the racism in the book, but that's how things were back then. Sugar coating it would have ruined the story reducing it to a Harlequin romance.
This is an incredibly well written book about the death of a civilization and the struggles to survive in the new era. This is a book that should not be missed, particulary those who enjoy historical fiction.”
“One of my favorites! Such an addicting book and I understand why it is such a classic”Kelly Sun wrote this review Sunday, May 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oohh I love this book! It is long but worth it. I really dislike the cliff hanger ending. The uncertainty of it all is so unsettling!! I would love to read a sequel for this!”Katie wrote this review Monday, May 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you like, love stories I recommend this book for you. It was set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's love story was the most emotional story of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. The story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett 'O' Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.