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.    

Monday, November 5, 2012