Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gone With The Wind: Idealist or Realist??

Gone with the wind, the epic novel by Margaret Mitchell is one of my all-time favorites. This book was like a mirror to human relationships. The adoration for the mother, the attachment to home, the first love one never forgets, the sibling rivalry, and the friends/foes, almost everything is portrayed impeccably. The plot, the story, the characters and the writing style are all just perfect.

I read this book about six years ago but the story is still fresh in my mind. Many people, who have read this, are not so pleased with the ending. But I think the ending is what makes this story so epic and so close to real life. Yes, happy and mushy endings are what everyone wants but they are not what everyone gets. When I finished reading this book, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer reality of it. Although, everyone might not have wasted decades over the first love/crush but remember those weeks or months or even years............All the evenings you might have spent pondering over what might have been if he/she would have been by your side.

Some readers have also called this book idealist or overly romantic, but in my opinion this book is a realistic read. Yes, Scarlett is a very strong woman but don't such women exist today, in a modern sense. Isn't Rhett a guy you can imagine even today? 

I haven't seen the movie, but the book surely warped me into its world and is one of my favorites. It’s one of those books that provoke one to think and analyze one's decisions in life.    


  1. I love this book! I read it about 2 years ago, and will definitely re-read it again some day. And Scarlett is a great character! I both admired and pitied her. Yes, she's a strong, modern, independent woman, but she's also a foolish and cruel woman.

  2. Hello Felicia,I too loved this book and also the movie. Being a senior senior, I read it twice over the years, but plan one day to read it again. I gave my copy, published a great many years ago, to my daughter. It was the first print. I don't know what year it was published.I'll have to google that. I appreciated your portrayal of the story a great deal,Felicia, you were right on and I think your right about too many "pretty" endings. My novel does not have a delightful ending. Life isn't always pleasant. We learn to appreciate the good times and make the best of what is delt us. My web-site is www.apatchablue.com and will take you to my blog. Don't be afraid to take a look at our store. My things aren't for sale, it's just a bad use of a word.My blog url is www.joannhillartistauthor.com in case you'd rather go that route. JoAnn Hill

  3. The classics will live forever...everyone should read and re-read this book....never too young or too old to do so.....

  4. I'm trying to catch up on some of the classics myself!
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