The Reading Life reviewed Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
I liked this novel for the details it gave about life in the American south. I thought the accounts of Atlanta during the war and its post war development were just brilliantly done. The characters were amazingly well developed. Just as soon as you think you have a character all figured out they do something that shocks you but you realize it is right in character and you just did not understand them well enough. I wanted to dislike Scarlett but I just could not! I guess she charmed me like she did all the boys! Captain Butler was exciting and mysterious. Melanie Wilkes was a saint, her husband was a relic of the old south.
One of the things I thought was really great in the book was Mitchell’s account of how some people were somehow totally energized by the need to rebuild their lives after the defeat of the south and went on to build meaningful lives for themselves and their families and others will spend the next 50 years crying over the glory of old never to come again days.
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