Gone with the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition by Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition

byMargaret MitchellPreface byPat Conroy

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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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.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

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.
Donald Patrick Conroy's pen name is Pat Conroy. He was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from The Citadel in 1967 with B.A. in English. He later used his experiences at the strict school in his book, The Lords of Discipline (1980), which was nominated for the Robert Kennedy Book Award in 1981. After teaching h...
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Title:Gone with the Wind: 75th Anniversary EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:960 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1451635621

ISBN - 13:9781451635621

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! A powerful testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Although it is very different from the film (as is likely evidenced from the length), it is still the story of Scarlett and Rhett. Scarlett may not be as likable at time, but such is her character: she is human, indeed, in the way she is written. A sweeping epic that chronicles US history effectively, but also the characters who could have lived there and we come to engage with them because of it. Absolutely a classic for a reason and much worth the read! There are several other options for continuing the story: Alexandra Ripley's Scarlett and Rhett Butler's People (more history into that wily Rhett).
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a Classic! I was given this book for Christmas (2017), and while it's taken me five months to read, that does not reflect badly on the book's storyline, only the length and the fact that I lost it for a couple weeks in that. I would like to start by saying that, as is obvious based on when and where it was written, and what it was written about, it is an incredibly racist and sexist book. It makes it hard to read, because some of the things Scarlett or Rhett or Archie or any of the other characters say about the women or the Black slaves are awful, and the way the Black people are written makes them seem stupid and incompetent and altogether unfinished. However, it would be weird if that wasn't in the book, because it is about the American Civil War, and it was written from a Confederates point of view. The characters are greatly flawed, Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, and even Melanie have great problems that sometimes make it hard to read because of how they act around people and to each other, and it is period accurate. However, some of those things make them seem more real. The way they treat the convicts, women, and Black people, while awful, makes sense, because that is just the history of America. If those things were not in this story, I would be appalled, because it would be an untrue story of the era. While I definitely don't think Scarlett is a good role model to any young woman or girl, I do think her strong female character creates a refreshing idea towards women, and I am very glad I have read this book. Overall, the reason I am only giving four stars, is because there are points in the story where whole paragraphs could be cut as they are irrelevant and boring, but aside from that I believe this is a story anyone should read, especially if they know little about the Civil War.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Problematic but Great Let me start by saying that everything you've heard is true: this is a very racist book. It glorifies slavery, slanders black people, and uses the n-word constantly. Moreover, the book is prejudiced against Native Americans and Jews. Gone with the Wind presents a white-washed, idealized depiction of the American South in the mid-1800s. In spite of well-deserved criticism, Gone with the Wind endures as an American classic. I loved this book! Scarlet is a bad lady: she is selfish and cruel to those around her. She is so compelling to read about, especially when you consider that Mitchell wrote her in a time when immoral, complex ladies were villains, not heroines. As a final thought, I am impressed by the scope of this book. In length and subject matter, it is like an American War and Peace. I only read the book because I watched the movie and immediately thought of the similarities between it and W&P. But Mitchell's work is so much more impressive because she focuses exclusively on one character instead of an ensemble, and she never breaks up the narrative with asides about war and history, adding bloat to the book. Les Miserables is another comparable work that is large, but the size is broken up into a lot of smaller story vignettes with many characters. Both of those books originally appeared as serials, which can further account for their length. Gone with the Wind is remarkable for maintaining a single story line for 1000 pages. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing classic I am a huge fan of classic novels. This one is no exception. I could not put it down. I had bought the book as it looked massive, and as I am a fast reader, I knew it would take me awhile to get through the book. I finished it in a week. It was great!!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My favourite I read this at the beginning of the summer to tie me over as I read stupendously fast. As this being a massive book I figured it would take me a substantial amount of time to get through. However despite the size of the book it was so intriguing and every chapter ended with something that drew you back in of the next chapter that made you keep reading. Some parts of the story were a bit dry as with most classic novels it seems, but like I said it just kept drawing me back in. My mind was blown at certain chapters, it has become one of my favourite books ever.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone With The Wind An epic page-turner, a great messy love story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This is a classic. I absolutely loved this book the first time I read it and every other time after.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You'll Read Over and Over Again Still a classic and hard to put down after all these years.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different The book and the movie differ greatly
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone with the Wind It's rare that I say a book is as good as a movie. In this case it is true. Although the story is a little different and Scarlet is a bit different, the tone remains the same. This is a must read for anyone who is a GWTW fan.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes me wish Margaret Mitchell had written more books! As long as it is, I read this book in a week. Great character development.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! My favourite book of all time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great classic! I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scarlett One of my favourite classic stories.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing Like the Movie When I read this as teen i was surprised about the amount of story changed most especially her previous children were never mentioned
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Looking at the size of Gone with the Wind, you would assume it was a dull classic that would take ages to read but it is truly worth every second. The plot is constantly progressing and interesting, the story focuses on the American Civil War from the perspective of the Southerns which is very intriguing and the characters are so well-developed that you won't know if you love them or hate them. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic Probably my favourite American Classic, and is a must read for anyone who is in love with the deep south.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent One of the best books I have read in 2016. I didn't know anything about American history before reading this but after finishing it, I immediately registered for a course on American Civil Rights during course registration period at my university. I highly recommend this for those in love with history and even those who aren't!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic story! One of my favourite classics. Scarlett O'Hara is one of my most disliked heroines, but it is undeniably a story of true, gritty survival.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is one of my favorite books! I love how the author writes and the character development is really good . I couldn't stop reading this book and will read again. It is not the ending that I was hoping for but I enjoyed it regardless.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gone with the Wind I have read this before and it always gives me somthing new to be amazed with. I love it each and every time I read it.
Date published: 2014-10-30

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