This is an interesting read for two reasons. Firstly, Margaret Mitchell's idealized and romanticized view of the South and its way of life still permeates our history and is part of the larger national discourse on the Confederate monuments. Secondly, as Pat Conroy wrote, "rarely has a heroine so immoral and unscrupulous as Scarlett O'Hara held the deed to center stage...", so Scarlett is a character I absolutely love to hate. Read it for the history and the heroine.
Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.
“Pushing the bounds of the Richter Scale, the nine stories in Last Day on Earth are going to shake up the story world." — Adam Johnson, author of Fortune Smiles