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Rhett Butler's People

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Fully authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, Rhett Butler's People is the astonishing and long-awaited novel that parallels the Great American Novel, Gone With The Wind. Twelve years in the making, the publication of Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event.

Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer Donald McCaig, the life and ti

Kindle Edition, 509 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Lorraine I realize that you asked this question a long time ago, but I hope I never saw it and that is why I never commented on your question. I hope beyond…moreI realize that you asked this question a long time ago, but I hope I never saw it and that is why I never commented on your question. I hope beyond everything that I did not just 'blow it off.' Please, oh please, read Gone with the Wind. There is so much more in so many ways in Mitchell's book than there is in the movie. Quite a bit was left out of the movie. The movie was long, but, believe me, it would have been much much longer if everything in the book was put into the movie, but beyond that, it is an excellent book. You will get more of the feel of the Civil War from the book. You will understand the characters better. I could go on for quite a while, but let me leave it this way. GWTW is my favorite book and I have read it twice. I also saw the movie 1st, but reading the book totally envelopes you in the story, the characters, the Civil War, the Antebellum Period in the South (The description of the dresses alone will make you feel as though you are wearing one and what a feeling! ) I would not worry about reading Rhett Butler's People as that is before GWTW as well as beyond it. Also, it is no where near the category of Margaret Mitchell's book. Please read the book, Gone with the Wind. You will never be sorry that you took the time to read this fabulous book! This goes for anyone and everyone. Please, please do not miss an opportunity to read GWTW!(less)
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Feb 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wants to kill their love of Gone with the Wind
Dear Estate of Margaret Mitchell:

I'm writing to request that you stop authorizing crappy prequels and sequels to Ms. Mitchell's book. Those of us who have a special fondness for the characters of Gone With the Wind find ourselves compelled to read them because of our interest in these well-developed and complex personalities. We then find ourselves appalled at how modern authors take liberties to turn her story into an implausible, uncharacteristic mess, and invariably try and put a smiley face
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
So, I finished Rhett Butler's People last night.

I'd seen a lot of negative reviews while I was reading but I vowed to keep an open mind, and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. It's one of the better ones I've read in awhile and one I know I will read again someday.

It's NOT Gone With the Wind; there will never be another. It's not even the same caliber as GWTW. I think a lot of people went into reading it expecting and hoping it would be and came out sorely disappointed on the other end.
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was the last book that brought tears to your eyes as you finished the last page? Not due to the hero/heroine’s tragic death, but simply because you have finished the story? That’s how I felt after finishing Rhett Butler’s People tonight.

Rhett Butler’s People is set “around” Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel. You meet Rhett before that fateful meeting at a Twelve Oaks picnic and the book continues to weave in and out of the well known events of GWTW. The author then takes you beyond Rhett’s
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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Oct 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that thought the "Sequel" Scarlet was great and not crap
Takes Gone with the Wind and poops on it.

Rhett Butler is one of the best romantic heroes, both in literature and cinema. He deserves a good companion novel or sequel or prequel told from his point of view. This aint it.

Mr. Darcy has a kazillion books recently, and I hope ole Rhetty gets another shot.

This book sucks. For reals.
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You really need to read "Gone With the Wind" first in order to really appreciate this book. The author was commissioned by the estate of Margaret Mitchell to write this "parallel sequel" to GWTW, and he has kept faithful to her style. In it, we get background about Rhett's youth, his family, and many characters who are just briefly mentioned in GWTW. The story is told through Rhett's eyes. It goes through his youth, his relationship with Scarlett, and takes it past where GWTW ends and on to the ...more
I give up - I am halfway through and I just don't care what happens to anyone. In fact, this has dampened my love of Gone With the Wind and Rhett Butler, so I am just stopping now. I read the sequel by Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett, and it was very good. But this - it has no heart, no emotional punch and way too much about the war. All the emotional scenes are flat and short and I didn't really learn much about Rhett Butler that I hadn't surmised from the original book, except that according to the ...more
For fans of GONE WITH THE WIND this might be the book for you as this covers the life of Rhett Butler before he meets Scarlett and during the time they're together though it does not follow the movie so much as the novel.

There's a lot more sub stories taking place than I expected especially focused upon Rhett's siblings.

Readers sensitive to the horrors of American slavery may want to skip this one as there are graphic details.

Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wall-banger
The Margaret Mitchell Estate should have left well enough alone. I'm not even sure where to start in putting my feelings about this book into words. Gone With the Wind is one of my all time favorite books, and Rhett is right up there in my favorite, fascinating male characters in fiction and I was looking forward to a good meaty look into Rhett's life before Scarlett. Boy was I ever wrong. This book is called Rhett Butler's People for a reason - it's not just about Rhett, it's about all the peop ...more
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Donald McCaig is the award-winning author of Jacob’s Ladder designated “the best civil war novel ever written” by The Virginia Quarterly. People magazine raved “Think Gone With the Wind, think Cold Mountain.” It won the Michael Sharra Award for Civil War Fiction and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction.
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