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Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the pover ...more
Paperback, 1037 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1936)
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Jaspero It is most definitely fiction, especially in regards to its portrayal of race relations in the South before, during, and after the civil war. I would…moreIt is most definitely fiction, especially in regards to its portrayal of race relations in the South before, during, and after the civil war. I would not recommend it to teenagers unless they have a strong, historically accurate sense of the larger events occurring at the time. It's very entertaining as a story, but it's also propaganda.(less)

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Annalisa
It takes guts to make your main character spoiled, selfish, and stupid, someone without any redeeming qualities, and write an epic novel about her. But it works for two reasons. First of all you wait for justice to fall its merciless blow with one of the most recognized lines in cinema ("frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"), but you end with a broken and somewhat repentant character and you can't be pitiless. Secondly, if you were going to parallel the beautiful, affluent, lazy, spirited South ...more
Eve Brown
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly do not know whether to give this book 5 stars for being one of the most completely engrossing, shocking, and emotionally absorbing pieces of literature ever written, or to give it 0 stars for being the most tragic, unendingly upsetting, disturbing book I've ever read. I read the last 50 pages or so literally with my mouth wide open, unable to believe that it was really going to be THAT tragically sad. When I finally finished, I walked downstairs in a daze, handed the book to my husban ...more
Brina
One of my reading themes for 2016 is reading at least ten classic books. It seems only fitting that on the Fourth of July I completed Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, an epic masterpiece that many view as the definitive great American novel.

I feel that the two halves of the book mirror the southern United States before and after the Civil War. The first half of the book occurs primarily at Tara Plantation. We meet our main protagonist Scarlett O'Hara, the belle of the south, who epitomiz
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Fabian
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’ve said it some time ago: GWTW the novel is like watching the ten hour director’s cut of GWTW the movie! Hell yeah!!! All the memorable scenes are there, & the spotlit romance is considerably widened in scope, as is the sturdy social studies lesson on the almighty American Civil War. I mean, everyone has the basic idea correct: the South took a tremendous thrashing. But having the loser’s POV take the forefront, even to the extent of exalting the K.K.K.-- this, more than Scarlett O’Hara’s ...more
Nicko
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Confederates
So much has been said in praise of this book it feels redundant to add more. In terms of the slave-holding society, the film actually toned-down the pro-South view of Reconstruction (Scarlett's second husband joined the KKK in the book) and Mammy remains probably one of the most fully-developed and likeable African-American characters from 1930 you'll read.

Rhett Butler is the consummate alpha male. This book is definitely the timeless classic reputation it has earned, and though at times it see
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Emily
Aug 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Emily by: "It's a classic!"
Shelves: novels
I received my copy of Gone With the Wind in 1991 and never got past the first 50 or 100 pages in any of my annual attempts at this books until 2004, at which point I decided to defeat the book one and for all. I FINALLY FINISHED READING THE DAMN BOOK.

I want my time back.

There was a reason I never before read past the first 50 or 100 pages - Scarlet is a raging evil snarky miserable bitch and I hate her. None of the other characters were particularly likable - ranging from sniveling, whiny sissie
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Lisa Kay
My mother wouldn't let me read "Gone With the Wind" until I was 16. A few years ago I was at a cocktail party and they asked the trivia question "What was the first line of GWtW?" I knew the answer. My husband asked, "How did you know that?" (He'd lived with me how many decades?) I told him about my mom's restriction and how, when I finally opened the book, I was stunned by the first sentence. I had seen the movie and Scarlett was beautiful, if a bitch. I also remember it because everyone always ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
6/29/16 UPDATE: I have since watched the movie and although I really liked the movie, it doesn't hold a candle to the book. But you can imagine that a book this size can't be put into one movie sitting. And where the book made me cry a lot, the movie didn't.

I spent over 12 hours today finishing this book. 1037 pages! 1. Because I wanted to know what was going to happen! 2. I have no sort of life so I can do this from time to time.



I can not believe it took me so long to read this book! I didn't t
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Madeline
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There's an episode of The Simpsons where Apu, the Indian owner of the Kwik-E-Mart, takes the American citizenship test. Apu, who throughout the episode has demonstrated a much stronger grasp of American history than any of the American-born characters, is at the oral exam stage of the test. His examiner, a bored white guy, is asking the questions, and the following exchange occurs:

"BORED WHITE GUY: Okay, last question - what was the cause of the Civil War?

APU: Actually, there were numerous caus
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Hannah
I don't like reviewing overly popular, classic books because let's face it, what more can be said regarding a book that 8,720 Goodreads reviewers haven't already covered, from 1 star through 5 star opinions?

So I'll just say that I read this novel for the first time when I was only about 14 years old. And re-read it, and re-read it, and re-read it again several times until around age 18. And then I never picked it up again until age 48 (that's 30 years of reading silence for those of you mathamat
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind is a novel by American writer Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, both in Georgia, during the American Civil War.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه مارس سال 1974؛ خوانش دوم: ماه مارس سال 1998 میلادی؛ خوانش سوم: ماه آوریل سال 2000 میلادی
عنوان: بر باد رفته؛ نوشته: مارگارت میچل؛ مترجم: حسن شهباز، مشخصات نشر: تهران، امیرکبیر، موسسه انتشارات فرانکلین، 1336، در دو جلد، در 1460 ص؛ چاپ شوم 1357؛
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l a i n e y
"But I could have been nicer to him"
"You could have been - if you'd been somebody else"

Well, that about sums it up.

I am sorry to say this, I do not mean to sound cruel, I understand their considerable stress, but most of the main characters in this book were just plain stupid. Some might not be overtly so but they were in terrible need of serious self-awareness, at any rate.

I can't phantom how this was called a love story.. (view spoiler)
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Beatriz
Reto #9 PopSugar 2018: Un libro acerca de un villano o antihéroe
¡Qué puedo decir de este maravilloso libro! Acabo de terminarlo y aún tengo un nudo en la garganta. Confieso que no llevaba ni la cuarta parte y ya no tenía ninguna duda de que serían mis primeras cinco estrellas del año.

La narrativa de Margaret Mitchell es impecable, aunque es inevitable notar la influencia de haber nacido y residido toda su vida en la misma ciudad en que mayormente transcurre su obra, que por lo que leí en su bi
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Lina
Before I give my opinion about this classic novel let me make a few things clear. This book certainly has a lot of literary value. It is well written, the characters, are for the most part, interesting and Mitchell certainly breathed life into her characters. They feel like people and the plot, while it goes on for ages, it constructed well and by the end you feel like you have been satisfied in terms of a character arc.

Okay, now that that's done: I hate this book. I hate the characters (except
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``Laurie Henderson
Just finished my most recent rereading of GWTW and fell in love with this book once again. Margaret Mitchell never fails to weave her magic no matter how many times I've read it.

GWTW is not just a romantic story involving Scarlett, Ashley and Rhett but also a well researched account of the civil war.

Since the victors always write the history concerning any war it's fascinating to learn about the other side of the story.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Perhaps - I want the old days back again and they'll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears. ”

The civil war. A beautiful woman at the height of selfishness. The love and death of home and land. Society wound up so tight an improper wink could undo you. Destruction, tragedy, political corruption, truth, lies, life, death, love, loss, big changes, new beginnings, intermingled with never ending cycles. All of this helps make Gone with the wi
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Aoibhínn
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I've had a lot of trouble writing this review. I've been writing and re-writing this review over the last few months, and I just couldn't get it perfect. I've finally come to realise no review I can ever write will do this novel justice so I am just going to post it as it is.

Set in the state of Georgia, before, during and after the American Civil War, Gone With the Wind tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, a vain, spoiled, over-privileged daughter of a plantation owner, from her days as a carefre
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Judy
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Having a hard time slogging through the blatant racism in this book. Times sure have changed. And thank God for that.

Okay, nearly forty years since I first read it, the epic love story set against the brutality of the Civil War still manages to sweep me up.

But the racism still wrankles, especially the glorification of the Ku Klux Klan--southern gentlemen had no other choice. They weren't bullies terrorizing people because of the color of their skin, they were protecting their women from the rap
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Vanessa
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. This book. Honestly, I would go as far to say that it is a masterpiece, in its scope, its characterisation, its history, and its story. Never have I been so enthralled in such a long book, to the point where I was never bored and constantly wishing I was reading it when I wasn't able to (damn you work *shakes fist*). And never have I read a near-1000 page novel in such a short space of time!

For those of you who haven't seen the film, Gone With the Wind is a sweeping Civil War-era dra
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Roya
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
As readers, we have the wonderful advantage of perspective. We can empathise with characters because we know how they think and feel and we're touched by it. My dad is a cinephile and despite never having read the book, has seen Gone with the Wind multiple times. Based on this, he views Scarlett as selfish and spoilt, when she's actually so much more than that. I enjoyed the film very much, but I wish adaptations wouldn't have to downplay characters so. Despite all of this, I love movie-Scarlett ...more
Lilly
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Helene Jeppesen
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I need to say much about this story because most of you will have already read the book or watched the movie. I will say though that this book fascinated me, mostly because of the main character Scarlett O'Hara. She is such a brat and 100% selfish; everything she does, she does to gain her goals; but I loved how she is portrayed (mostly) realistically. Everyone has these dark and twisted thoughts inside, Scarlett just isn't afraid to show it. I did feel, however, that her character ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
619. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
بر باد رفته - مارگارت میچل (نگاه) ادبیات
بر باد رفته را انتشارات امیرکبیر نخستین بار با ترجمه حسن شهباز؛ در سال 1336 منتشر کرده
اسکارلت بزرگترین دختر جرالد اوهارا صاحب مزرعه پنبه تارا، با فهمیدن اعلام نامزدی و ازدواج اشلی ویلکز پسر مالک مزرعه مجاور با دختر خاله اش ملانی همیلتون به فکر ابراز علاقه به اشلی میافتد؛ چون فکر میکند اشلی به خاطر ناامید شدن از او میخواهد ازدواج کند. در یک میهمانی در خانه ویلکز، اسکارلت به اشلی اظهار علاقه میکند؛ ولی اشلی عنوان میک
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Cindy
Wherein I attempt to write a review using all the new words I learned whilst reading the book. My made-up-on-the-spot rule is one per sentence, to make it a challenge. (Glossary at end of review.)

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I hope you won’t look upon my review as mere folderol, but the most interesting things to be said about Gone With the Wind have been said over and over: it’s breathtaking, sweeping, American, but also racist and exacerbating. Everyone needs to read the story of one of literature’s best tr
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Ahmad Sharabiani
619. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind is a novel by American writer Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, both in Georgia, during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty following Sherman's destructive "March to the Sea".
تاریخ نخستین خوا
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Mohammed-Makram
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature

طموح المرأة و انتقامها و ذكائها و احتياجها دوما للحب و الحماية من خلال اسكارليت و اجواء الحرب الأهلية الأمريكية. الغريب أن هذا هو العمل الوحيد لمارجريت ميتشيل رغم عمقه و عظمته و شهرته
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من أجل أي شيء نحارب؟ ليس من أجل الشرف والمجد طبعاً. ان الحرب شيء قذر, وأنا أكره القذارة. أنا لست محاربا, ولا أبحث عن الشهرة من فوهة المدفع. ان معظم الشقاء والبؤس في العالم قد نتج عن الحروب. وعندما تنتهي هذه الحروب لا أحد يعلم شيئاً عن سبب اندلاعها
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كم أتمنى لو كنت متزوجة . فقد سئمت التصرف دائماً تصرفاً لا يتفق وطب
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David
I kind of don't want to give this book 5 stars. I'm going to, because it was epic. Seriously, it's a really, really good read and Margaret Mitchell was a fantastic storyteller. She captures the feel of a lost generation and a bygone world and makes it real, pulsing with life and bittersweet memory and pride. Her characters are wonderfully vivid and complicated and conflicted, larger than life archetypes symbolizing the different elements of society each one represents. And the story is sweeping ...more
Diana
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
One book I can honestly say that I enjoyed less than the movie. In Margaret Mitchell's book Scarlett has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I spent the better part of the book wanting to slap her silly.
Zen Cho
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Copied over from my blog:

I'd known this was racist in a vague sort of way, not remembering much about the book or movie except bosoms and swooning, but wow, I didn't know it was that mindblowingly racist. The people who wanted to cut the n-word from Huckleberry Finn should all get together and have let's-set-Gone-With-The-Wind-on-fire parties. Man, if they applied their efforts to Gone With The Wind they could probably cut the book short by about a hundred pages.

I should say I like Scarlett as a
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Kim

The first time - and until now the only time - I read this book was in December 1975. I had just finished high school and my best friend persuaded me to read her favourite novel. Every afternoon for about three weeks I went to the local beach for a couple of hours to sunbake and read. From that first experience of reading Gone with the Wind , the novel became associated in my mind with the feeling of sunshine on my skin, the smell of the ocean, the sound of waves breaking on the sand and the sen
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Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, popularly known as Margaret Mitchell, was an American author, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel, Gone with the Wind, published in 1936. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 28 million copies. An American film adaptation, released i
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