Mar 25, 10
Recommended to Gill by:
A pupil's mother
Georgians, anyone interested in the history of America and the formation of racial attitudes.
Read in August, 2009, read count: one
I understand why this book is regarded as a classic. Having read a Ferrol Sams book to get a taste of what Georgia was like, and its history, this one was recommended and lent to me by a pupil's mother. It is 'unremitting' in showing the dark side of life during the Civil War and the following period of 'reconstruction', but it also says much about the human spirit and the ability of people to survive and adapt.
It's attitudes reflect the racism and prejudices of the day, but to be true to the period about which it is written it could do no less, and it does not necessarily reflect the attitude of the author nor the readers to see that that was an essential element of life at that time.
Margaret Mitchell succeeds in creating a core of central believable characters with whom one feels involved and identifies.
When I had finished reading it I read the 29 page "The diary of Julia Fisher" @ http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/county...
(watch the wrap), which chronicles the experiences of Julia Fisher from January 1st to September 11th 1864 in Georgia during the Civil War. It was a fascinating juxtaposition, and brought to life for me the real terrors and hardships of the period for ordinary people.
Many people have found passages of Gone with the Wind boring because of the repetitious detail of historical occurrences and the explanatory details which they find irrelevant to the story or unnecessary because of their similarity. I was reading to learn about the history and reality of those times in that place and so to me they were essential and built the picture in which context the dramatic characters came to life and became multi-dimensional.
So much more than a mere romantic story!