BOOKS: Gone With the Wind
I’m in a library book club that is exceptional. Besides discussing different "regular" books, we also select a more challenging book to read over the course of a couple months, talking about it the third month.
Anyway, we’re going to be tackling Gone With the Wind. I read it long ago (in the 60s), and loved it–much more than the movie, which was too limiting. I really think a mini-series should have been done long ago.. I’m eager to read it again, though, all these years later.
A woman who is an authority on the book will be speaking at our main library in November (she supposedly can answer any question about Gone With the Wind); the next day, our magnificently restored movie theatre will be showing the movie.
I’d love to hear any comments about the book!
Mentioning "Gone With the Wind" brought back a precious memory when I graduated from high school. My Grandfather gave me his leather bound, first edition signed copy of "Gone With the Wind’. It, truly, was a treasure to me. Many years later, my collie, chewed it up until it was unrecognizable. I felt devastated. She had NEVER done anything like that before. It upset me so much that I spoke to the Vet. about it. He asked where I had the book, I told him I was rereading it and left it on the coffee table. His opinion was the due to it being leather bound was what tempted her to grab it (like a chew toy). Yet, I’ll never forget the moment my Grandfather had given me that precious book that he had held in his possession for decades. :womansad:
Going strictly from the movie, I think Scarlett was obsessed with Ashley because he was the only man who she could not have…not because she really loved or wanted him. And it didn’t help the way he led her on.
My Mom used to watch this movie when it came on TV when I was a little girl. I’d watch it with her. I attribute my love for all the old movies to her…they just don’t make them like they used to!
I remember my Mom telling me that all her & her friends read the book and couldn’t wait for the movie. She absolutely LOVED Clark Gable, (as do I) but she did mention that a lot of girls hated that he was cast as Rhett Butler. They all thought he should have been a blond!
I have never read the book, but after following this post, I have ordered the book tonight.
Gone with the Wind is my all-time favorite movie ever, and I watch it every couple of years. I really hope I enjoy the book as much. I usually enjoy the book more, but, I usually read the book first.
I remember watching the movie on t.v way back before I was even a teenager. When it was aired on t.v. Melanie announced she was pregnant again and Scarlet was upset with her, since it was a health hazard to Melanie. That affected me, wondering why a woman would risk having uh.. maritial relations.. with pregnancy as a consequence if the pregnancy could kill her. My mom awkwardly answered me, the best she could about how in a marriage the closeness of a couple is very important at times.. (I can’t remember her exact words and also not sure what is allowed to be said on here) but I didn’t know much about birth control, and I think this was even before birth control pills were on the market (must have been in mid 60’s it was aired on t.v) and I just kept thinking isn’t there something women can do to prevent conception if it means she could possibly die.
Now Rhett’s relatonship with the ‘Madame’ was interesting to me. A woman shunned in society, but as Rhett said, had a generous heart of gold.
My question is …..who in the world would pick Ashley over Rhett? Was Scarlett blind?:womanwink:
Insomniac, it’s been years since I read GWTW but you’re right about there being much more that transpires in the book…don’t want to leave any spoilers…I read the sequel and it was horrendous..Please let us know what you think at various stages of the book. Looking forward to discussing it with you and others!
The so-called sequel was an attempt to make money. (Just as the so-called prequel for To Kill a Mockingbird is an attempt to make money–but not for the author.)
I was deeply emotionally scarred by that book. Mind you, it was not the book’s fault I read it being all incredibly hormonal and emotional after the birth of my baby. If I knew I’d be such a ridiculous emotional mess, I would have stayed away from books for adults and limited my reading even further. As it was, I found myself unable to cope with the normal literature I read prior to the whole pregnancy thing so turned to something easier, something more lighthearted (nononononononono wrong choice). Oh boy. The tears I shed for poor Scarlett!
I read the book in a high school literature class and having lived in the Pacific Northwest all my life, we just weren’t exposed to those same feelings nor had any material reminders (statues, historical sites) as those who lived in states that fought in the Civil War. I remembered how it gave me such a different view of how things has been in the south before the War. The relationship between Ashley and Scarlet drove me nuts and I got tired of that whole bit. But the after effects of the war on everyone and how they pulled themselves back up to me was extraordinary. A sequel was written many years later too, but not by same author. I did not care for the sequel.
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07.24.15 4:29 AM