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Gone With the Wind

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gone With the Wind


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After the Civil War sweeps away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to salvage her plantation home.
Authors: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Statement of Responsibility: Margaret Mitchell ; with a preface by Pat Conroy
Title: Gone with the wind
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, 2008
Characteristics: xvii, 1448 p. ; 24 cm.
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Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book remains safely protected under the cover of a Pulitzer Prize, otherwise its raving racism would have been denounced. Anyone nowadays who dared to write a book referring to blacks as Mrs. Mitchell did, would be torn to shreds. Throughout the book Scarlet laments that her "too dear a homeland" was being "turned over to ignorant Negroes drunk with whisky and freedom." The Yankees are just plain mean, because they wanted to give blacks the vote and believed interracial marriage should be legal. Scarlet feels toward blacks the same way modern Democrats seem to do: they are minors who can’t possibly survive without help by the white man! I hoped she would change her mindset and see the light; but Mitchell never takes the time to enlighten her character: Scarlet goes on with the same condescending attitude. The Klan, obviously, was only created out of the concern of the good Southern whites, to deal with "insolent Negroes" who were turning fond eyes on white women; the same Negroes Mitchell paradoxically describes as trusted, faithful, and loyal... Yankees are portrayed as regarding blacks as mere brutes. Yet, History tells us of slaves been snatched through the North from the Southern plantations and sent to Canada by these same Yankees... Where I live (near Lake Erie) you can still visit the houses that served as safe havens for slaves running away from their owners in the South—the "Underground Railroad"; I'm sure these running blacks just misunderstood the good intentions of their owners down in the South… If Mitchell wanted to impart the view that whites and blacks are equal—which was supposedly the one she espoused—she failed monstrously! Her book gets readings at the Margaret Mitchell's Museum in Atlanta, but I am sure only very well selected parts are read out loud. If published today, this book would have caused riots bigger than the LA ones. It is interesting to note that President Lincoln (a white man) justified his fight against enslaving other human beings also on religious grounds.

Written in 1936 about “a civilization gone with the wind”. A civilization included slavery which many southern whites justified on Biblical grounds. Anyone writing this book today appropriately would be considered racist, but as one user comments, a "conservative" might be more likely to entertain the idea.

Report This Feb 26, 2014
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  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gone With the Wind is a really awesome book!! I am 11 yrs old and I love it! My family is waiting for me to be finished reading the book, then we will watch the movie and i will compare it with the book. I recommend it for everyone to read! I assure you, you will love it! It's long but persevere through it and you will be satisfied!

Report This Dec 02, 2013
  • orange_monkey_421 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so amazing. I didn't expect it to be,though. I thought it would be too long and boring. A great read! Five stars!

It was so amazing! It really took along time to read but you can't leave for even a minute!

Report This Sep 03, 2013
  • LunaNoonvale rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is a long book but it is very very worth the read nowadays people usually don't read but it's a really good book :)

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  • minikolin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Awesome, amazing, took a long time to read but every second was worth it! The characters are so well thought up, the language was a little tricky but not too bad.

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  • arleenwilliams rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A rich portrayal of a time and place that is fortunately past. I struggled with the blatant and subtle racism and found I cared little for any of the main characters.

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  • CKBaldwin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book starts out very slow and at times I've had to push on to get through parts that dragged in the beginning. I also enjoyed the parts where the author explained the impact the civil war and reconstruction had from Scarlet's viewpoint and those in her social standard.

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Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"Frankly, I don't give a damn." (Butter never uttered "my dear" in the book, only in the movie; and the "damn" was a big no-no at the time!)

Report This Feb 25, 2014
  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You can afford to be_but you won't. It's hard to salvage jettisoned cargo and, if it is retrieved, it's usually irreparably damaged. And I fear that when you can afford to fish up the honour and virtue and kindness you've thrown overboard, you'll find they have suffered a sea change and not, I fear, into something rich and strange...." -Rhett Butler

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  • awesomeshif10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Oh, fiddle-dee-dee! Melly's a fool. She might have died that night because you acted so heroic." -Scarlett O'Hara

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  • orange_monkey_421 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" My dear, I don't give a damn." -Rhett Butler

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  • arrobins70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.” - Scarlett

"Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar." - Scarlett

The old days had no glitter but they had a charm, a beauty, a slow-paced glamour. -Ashley Wilkes

"You're so brutal to those who love you, Scarlett. You take their love and hold it over their heads like a whip." -Rhett

"God did not make babies. Stupid people made them." -Scarlett O'Hara

Report This Jul 20, 2008
  • alex rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I'm not going to think about it today. I'll think about it tomorrow." -Scarlett O'Hara

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