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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 times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfolds. Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped his larger than life personality as it sprang from Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable pages: Langston Butler, Rhett's unyielding father; Rosemary, his steadfast sister; Tunis Bonneau, Rhett's best friend and a onetime slave; Belle Watling, the woman for whom Rhett cared long before he met Scarlett O'Hara at Twelve Oaks Plantation, on the fateful eve of the Civil War.

Of course there is Scarlett. Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than she'll ever know...

Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, Rhett Butler's People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone with the Wind.

Review:

"Was it strictly necessary to our understanding of Gone With the Wind's dashing hero to flesh out his backstory, replay famous GWTW scenes from his perspective, and crank the plot past the original's astringent denouement? Perhaps not, but it's still a fun ride. In this authorized reimagining, Rhett, disowned son of a cruel South Carolina planter, is still a jauntily worldwise charmer, roguish but kind; Scarlett is still feisty, manipulative and neurotic; and the air of besieged decorum is slightly racier. (Rhett: 'My dear, you have jam at the corner of your mouth.' Scarlett: 'Lick it off.') But it says much about the author's sure feel for Margaret Mitchell's magnetic protagonists that they still beguile us. McCaig (Jacob's Ladder) broadens the canvas, giving Rhett new dueling and blockade-running adventures and adding intriguing characters like Confederate cavalier-turned-Klansman Andrew Ravanel, a rancid version of Ashley Wilkes who romances Rhett's sister Rosemary. He paints a richer, darker panorama of a Civil War-era South where poor whites seethe with resentment and slavery and racism are brutal facts of life that an instinctive gentleman like Rhett can work around but not openly challenge. McCaig thus imparts a Faulknerian tone to the saga that sharpens Mitchell's critique of Southern nostalgia without losing the epic sweep and romantic pathos. The result is an engrossing update of GWTW that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The dust jacket gives 'Rhett Butler's People' a subtitle: 'The Authorized Novel Based on Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.' Frankly, my dear, should we give a damn? After all, Alexandra Ripley's 1991 blockbuster 'Scarlett' was 'authorized,' too. Do we need another version, brought out in an extraordinary 1.2 million press run?

Perhaps. 'Rhett Butler's People' is neither... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"When he isn't worried about That Novel, [McCaig] writes with confidence. Likewise, Rhett Butler's People reads best when considered on its own merits, without regard to its monumental predecessor, to which it owes thanks but not allegiance." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"McCaig's a decent writer, and the plot is better than middling. But he's missed the point about Scarlett — nothing affected her indomitable spirit and innate selfishness. And since everything must come back to her in the end — as it does even in McCaig's novel — a docile, vapid Scarlett is worse than no Scarlett at all. (Grade: C+)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"McCaig's prose captures something of the charm and smoothness of the original. He understands that the power of Mitchell's narrative arose because she set the romance against momentous events....In reducing Rhett to a perplexed and worrying Everyman, McCaig reduces the power of Mitchell's original." Stephen L. Carter, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Rhett Butler's People is only half-awful....By the end, the book dissolves into such a soap opera, you want to yell at Rhett to skip the Twelve Oaks barbecue. Ride on, Mr. Butler. Let McCaig write his own books, and spare us more authorized sequels!" USA Today

Review:

"McCaig is a bred-in-the bones storyteller." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks

Review:

"[T]he characters McCaig creates and expands improve the familiar tale by contributing suspense...to what might otherwise have been a tour of Rhett's head....Rhett's dutiful, lovesick side will disappoint some readers, but Rhett Butler's People is a better homage than it deserves to be. (Rating: B)" The Onion A.V. Club

Synopsis:

Fully authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, this is the astonishing and long-awaited novel that parallels Gone with the Wind. Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer McCaig, the life and times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfold.

Synopsis:

The astonishing and long-awaited novel, authorized by Margaret Mitchell's estate, that parallels the Great American Novel, Gone With The Wind

Synopsis:

Rhett Butlers People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Americas greatest novel, Gone With The Wind. Here youll meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of Rhetts father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable. Through Rhetts eyes, youll encounter those who shaped him in other ways: the Overseers daughter, Belle Watling; Rosemary, Rhetts brave and determined sister; Tunis Bonneau, the son of freed slaves who understood the young Rhett like no one else; and Jack Ravanel, whose name became inextricably linked to heartbreak. And then theres Katie Scarlett OHara herself—the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhetts: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than either of them will ever know…

Synopsis:

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 times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfolds.  Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped his larger than life personality as it sprang from Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable pages: Langston Butler, Rhett's unyielding father; Rosemary his steadfast sister; Tunis Bonneau, Rhett's best friend and a onetime slave; Belle Watling, the woman for whom Rhett cared long before he met Scarlett O'Hara at Twelve Oaks Plantation, on the fateful eve of the Civil War.

 

Of course there is Scarlett.  Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than she'll ever know...

 

Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, Rhett Butler's People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone With The Wind

About the Author

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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haleroberta, January 19, 2008 (view all comments by haleroberta)
I loved it. It took me back to the old south with the people I enjoyed in the Gone with the Wind. I just couldn't put it down. Clark Gable isn't around but I sure hope they can find someone with that devilish grin!!!!
It would be nice to see some clean romance on the big screen!!!!!
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mollypeterslit, November 6, 2007 (view all comments by mollypeterslit)
When I received an advance copy of Rhett Butler's People a sequel to my all time favorite novel Gone With the wind, I began reading it with trepidation. I still have not forgotten the murderous job of a sequel Alexandria Ripley did with Scarlett, (Scarlett selling off Tara and moving to Ireland--no way!) Some things are beset left alone. My curiosity got the better of me however and I cracked open the book and was soon drawn in to the world of Rhett Butler. Does this book stand up to the original? Not even close, however, I still found it a fun read. It covers Rehtt's life the early 1840's through the mid 1870's. This book at times gives a less romanticized view of the old south then was portrayed in gone with the wind, which is good. Since this is the story of Rhett the reader sees things through his eyes, and since he had the opportunity to ramble and do business over much of the old south a more compete vision of the time period is displayed. It was alos fun to get a look into Rhett's early life and read about his strained family relationships. The heart of the story of course is his one great love, Scarlett. Fun read for fans of the original, just don't expect quite the same magic. For another great fiction read I have to recommend Across the High Lonesome, picked it up after hearing praise from Larry McMurtry and he was right!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312262518
Author:
McCaig, Donald
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Tennant, Emma
Author:
Lloyd, John Bedford
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 CDs, 18 hours
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.69 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Was it strictly necessary to our understanding of Gone With the Wind's dashing hero to flesh out his backstory, replay famous GWTW scenes from his perspective, and crank the plot past the original's astringent denouement? Perhaps not, but it's still a fun ride. In this authorized reimagining, Rhett, disowned son of a cruel South Carolina planter, is still a jauntily worldwise charmer, roguish but kind; Scarlett is still feisty, manipulative and neurotic; and the air of besieged decorum is slightly racier. (Rhett: 'My dear, you have jam at the corner of your mouth.' Scarlett: 'Lick it off.') But it says much about the author's sure feel for Margaret Mitchell's magnetic protagonists that they still beguile us. McCaig (Jacob's Ladder) broadens the canvas, giving Rhett new dueling and blockade-running adventures and adding intriguing characters like Confederate cavalier-turned-Klansman Andrew Ravanel, a rancid version of Ashley Wilkes who romances Rhett's sister Rosemary. He paints a richer, darker panorama of a Civil War-era South where poor whites seethe with resentment and slavery and racism are brutal facts of life that an instinctive gentleman like Rhett can work around but not openly challenge. McCaig thus imparts a Faulknerian tone to the saga that sharpens Mitchell's critique of Southern nostalgia without losing the epic sweep and romantic pathos. The result is an engrossing update of GWTW that fans of the original will definitely give a damn about." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "When he isn't worried about That Novel, [McCaig] writes with confidence. Likewise, Rhett Butler's People reads best when considered on its own merits, without regard to its monumental predecessor, to which it owes thanks but not allegiance."
"Review" by , "McCaig's a decent writer, and the plot is better than middling. But he's missed the point about Scarlett — nothing affected her indomitable spirit and innate selfishness. And since everything must come back to her in the end — as it does even in McCaig's novel — a docile, vapid Scarlett is worse than no Scarlett at all. (Grade: C+)"
"Review" by , "McCaig's prose captures something of the charm and smoothness of the original. He understands that the power of Mitchell's narrative arose because she set the romance against momentous events....In reducing Rhett to a perplexed and worrying Everyman, McCaig reduces the power of Mitchell's original."
"Review" by , "Rhett Butler's People is only half-awful....By the end, the book dissolves into such a soap opera, you want to yell at Rhett to skip the Twelve Oaks barbecue. Ride on, Mr. Butler. Let McCaig write his own books, and spare us more authorized sequels!"
"Review" by , "McCaig is a bred-in-the bones storyteller."
"Review" by , "[T]he characters McCaig creates and expands improve the familiar tale by contributing suspense...to what might otherwise have been a tour of Rhett's head....Rhett's dutiful, lovesick side will disappoint some readers, but Rhett Butler's People is a better homage than it deserves to be. (Rating: B)"
"Synopsis" by , Fully authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, this is the astonishing and long-awaited novel that parallels Gone with the Wind. Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer McCaig, the life and times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfold.
"Synopsis" by ,
The astonishing and long-awaited novel, authorized by Margaret Mitchell's estate, that parallels the Great American Novel, Gone With The Wind
"Synopsis" by ,
Rhett Butlers People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Americas greatest novel, Gone With The Wind. Here youll meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of Rhetts father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable. Through Rhetts eyes, youll encounter those who shaped him in other ways: the Overseers daughter, Belle Watling; Rosemary, Rhetts brave and determined sister; Tunis Bonneau, the son of freed slaves who understood the young Rhett like no one else; and Jack Ravanel, whose name became inextricably linked to heartbreak. And then theres Katie Scarlett OHara herself—the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhetts: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than either of them will ever know…
"Synopsis" by ,
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 times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfolds.  Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped his larger than life personality as it sprang from Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable pages: Langston Butler, Rhett's unyielding father; Rosemary his steadfast sister; Tunis Bonneau, Rhett's best friend and a onetime slave; Belle Watling, the woman for whom Rhett cared long before he met Scarlett O'Hara at Twelve Oaks Plantation, on the fateful eve of the Civil War.

 

Of course there is Scarlett.  Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than she'll ever know...

 

Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, Rhett Butler's People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone With The Wind

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