It pained me to read this, but not because it was bad - it was amazing and heart-wrenching. I started it thinking I would hate it. I needed a Native A...moreIt pained me to read this, but not because it was bad - it was amazing and heart-wrenching. I started it thinking I would hate it. I needed a Native American themed book for a goodreads.com challenge. I chose this due to high ratings, even though I don't like Westerns.
This book made me cry. I couldn't discern which group to side my feelings with. I felt compassion for them all.
In a lot of ways, the emotion this book brought forth reminded me of how I felt reading THE HOST. I was torn between aliens/humans there, and I was torn between the Comanche people and the Texan townspeople in this one.
I highly recommend this if you haven't read it. I plan on reading the sequel to continue the story. I hope it is a good book as well :)(less)
Ahhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got aroun...moreAhhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got around to it. It was definitely interesting to see where the movie stayed true to book and where it strayed. I would say I was generally pleased with how the movie handled the book.
Scarlett -- I really hate her character, but I don't fault Margaret Mitchell's writing or grade the book on whether I hate a character. If anything, she provided interest in the story :)
Rhett -- He is so despicable, but soooooooooo appealing at the same time. He is definitely an unforgettable character in literature. I found him utterly fascinating, and his passages in the book made its 1000+ pages go by more quickly.
The historical side of things -- I must say it was kind of hard to read this book at times with its portrayal of slaves and the South. Then again, it's a brutal time in the USA's history, so I can't fault the author for trying to capture sentiments of the era. I have to say I kept thinking of how weird it would be for someone to try to write a "politically-correct" version of Gone With the Wind while I was reading it. That, or a Disney-fied version. I started laughing when I thought how Disney would glorify/slaughter everything.
Anyway, I"m torn about what to rate the book. Part of me would give it 3 stars, but the Rhett-loving-crazy side of me would give it 5 stars. So, I'm settling for 4 stars to even it out.(less)