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Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig
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Jun 12, 08

Read in June, 2008

At first I really liked this book, but as it went on it began to drag. It tells the story of Gone With the Wind from Rhett's point of view, altho it stretches farther back, giving us a picture of his childhood on a South Carolina rice plantation. I loved reading Gone With the Wind in high school, so it was fun to revisit those characters.

BUT, the author presumes everyone has read GWTW, as major events (such as character's deaths) are glossed over or not included (Scarlett's miscarriage after she falls down a flight of stairs). And sometimes the characters' actions don't coincide with what we know of them from the original. The pacing of the last section was really slow, and they made Scarlett too dependent on Rhett's return. No matter what else, she was a smart businesswoman, so it's disappointing that she needs him to save her family from bankruptcy.
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