Mar 15, 2017

Gone with the Wind

… Is a Civilization!
By Margaret Mitchell
USA, 1936
Historical, Romance, Coming of Age


Main Attractions

1. Better than the movie. 
Margaret Mitchell 19392. Some key plot points are not in the movie. 
3. Rhett’s dialogue is seriously laugh out loud.
4. The camera is inside Scarlett’s brain.
5. History lesson as a backdrop.
6. Characters can be a metaphor for the South. 
7. It won the Pulitzer Prize!
8. Great dialogue and descriptions.
9. Ellen and Gerald’s backstory!
10. Rhett shares some of his logical thinking.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Steak
There’s a lot to this book.  If you look at the characters as representing a different point of view during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, it becomes more than a love story.  It becomes a social commentary about the US at that time.  If you stick with only the love triangles, there is a lot going on with the characters.  Mitchell is consistent with their choices which makes them more realistic, perhaps a little predictable.  But their world is changing so much that the novel is never predictable.  

Gone With The Wind is a joy to read because the dialogue is so engaging and seriously laugh out loud funny.  Proof: I laughed while alone reading this.  It explores the depths of social constraint and norms but in a very entertaining and approachable way.  

Off the Beaten Path

Here's a video of a song with the same title:
Gone With the Wind, Sung by Ella Fitzgerald.  It hit number one in 1937.  There may or may not be a connection to the novel but it's sure a great song.

Travel Advisory:

This book will make you laugh, cry and enraged.  Rhett Buttler is every bit as funny as Clark Gable’s rendition.  Some passages are identical to the movie, but the book has so much more!  

Enraging is the blatant racism towards African Americans and passages featuring the KKK.  Just keep in mind, it was written in 1936 and is about a revolution to eliminate slavery.  So there was a lot of racism and tension. 

Packing List
✓ Sense of humour - Rhett & Scarlett will make you laugh!
✓ Map of Southern US 


Recommended Resources
Alternate Books
Roots By Alex Haley (1976) - Epic multigenerational novel about slavery, takes place in Southern US

Alternate Movies
✓ Gone With the Wind (1939) Directed By Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood - Can watch before or after reading

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