Title - Gone With The Wind
Author - Margaret Mitchell
Page Count - 983
Read Dates - 31.01.2020-7.04.2020
Synopsis - Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, Scarlett O'Hara, a Southern Belle used to thinking of riches, beauty and boys finds herself fighting her own war against poverty and heartbreak.
May contain spoilers
My thoughts -I really enjoyed this book, although it did take me a while to get through it (I did have a baby in the middle of reading it though!). I know it's recently undergone quite a bit of criticism (particularly the adaptation) and I can understand why, but that's not something I am going to comment on today, I'll just be talking about what I thought about the book.
I have seen the movie a few times, and I always really enjoyed that so reading the book had been on my list for some time. I was thrilled when it came out of my TBR jar and it did not disappoint!
I found Scarlett to be such a fascinating character. She's ahead of her time, bold, selfish, childish, and yet she has this wonderful ability to rise above it all, and to even put others before herself time and again. There were many times I felt I should hate her, and yet I loved her, I was constantly hoping for her to succeed.
I felt her heartache along the way, although I couldn't identify with her as a mother, then I'm not sure all of us are meant to. She has children because it's what women do, especially back then.
Rhett is another interesting study. He is strangely unlikeable as the lead man, but I can't help but want their relationship to work out. I felt so angry at each of their battles, but just as Scarlett did, he came through time and again. When his little girl died, I really did want to comfort him, but there were also times I wanted to hit him across the head with something heavy.
This book was eye-opening (although I am aware it's perhaps not the best study of the civil war and race in America, it is based on the author's Grandmother's experience) funny, tragic, and shocking, and much like Miss O'Hara, it's bold and ahead of its time. There were a few occasions where I was surprised at some of the language used for the time it was released, but then again, books don't really have censorship do they?
I have since started collecting the other books that have been written as part of Gone With The Wind, and so far I have Ruth's Journey.