Steph789, May 30, 2009 (view all comments by Steph789)
Now I know why this book is such a classic. I've never found it so easy to sympathize with such an unsympathetic character. Scarlett is selfish, cunning, even cruel- and yet so vibrantly real. I had a hard time putting this book down.
rozita_carlo, December 8, 2006 (view all comments by rozita_carlo)
I think Gone with the wind is the greatest book written ever..........Once you start reading it , there's no stopping... The characters, Rhett and Scarlett, are so rich and full of life that you can't help loving them... A definite must- read....
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (8 of 11 readers found this comment helpful)
Scribner Book Company -
by The New York Times,
"[A] book of uncommon quality, a superb piece of storytelling."
by Washington Post,
"[T]he best novel that has ever come out of the South. In fact, I believe it is unsurpassed in the whole of American writing."
by The New Yorker,
"For sheer readability I can think of nothing it must give way before. Miss Mitchell proves herself a staggeringly gifted storyteller."
by Chicago Tribune,
"Fascinating and unforgettable. A remarkable book, a spectacular book."
Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel.
Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time.
Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives.
In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.