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Gone with the wind
1936
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Characters
Scarlett O'Hara (Female), Plantation owner, Businesswoman, Southerner, Irish American, Widow, Remarried, Mother, Headstrong; narcissistic; determined to survive the hardship of the Civil War by picking cotton and rebuilding her father's Tara plantation, successful businesswoman who capitalizes on the struggle to rebuild the South; owns a saw mill; passionately in love with Ashley; married Melanie's brother who died in the war; married three times; lost Rhett due to her persistence to win Ashley over
Ashley Wilkes (Male), Plantation owner, Soldier, Southerner, Married, Honorable; handsome; chivalrous; becomes sad after the war; regrets not marrying Scarlett; committed to Southern tradition; represent the Old South; can't adjust to the postwar South
Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Female), Married, Mother, Ashley's wife; frail; good-hearted; provoked Scarlett's jealousy at first; became close friends with Scarlett during the war,
Rhett Butler (Male), Wealthy, Thrown out of West Point and his aristocratic family; goes after what he wants; earns his fortune through gambling, wartime blockade-running, and food speculation; hated by southern aristocrats; nostalgic about the traditions of the Old South; opportunistic; joins the Confederate army; in love with Scarlett
Genre
Southern fiction
Historical
Romance
Love story
Psychological
Fiction
Cinematization
Classic
Topics
Southern life
Southern women
Plantation life
U.S. Civil War
Cotton undustry
Romantic dilemmas
Love triangles
Unrequited love
Regret
Married men
Life changes
Survival
Widows
Women's lives
Jealousy
Setting
Atlanta, Georgia - South (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 19th century
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  Library Journal Review

There is a reason for the enduring popularity of this saga: it is a ripping good story, fast moving, replete with battles, romance, intrigue, murder, suspense, and a surprisingly strong feminist theme. For all that, Scarlett is such a simpering "Southern belle," but when the chips are down, she takes charge and gets things done no matter the cost. The theme, after all, is surviving change and overcoming obstacles, and the women do that far better than the men (remember poor Ashley?). The audiobook, of course, is far richer than the movie could be; richer characterizations, deeper scene setting and examination of the role of women in the sociology of the South, heart-wrenching descriptions of the carnage of war, and a generally carefully researched history of the period, with many events and even characters that do not appear in the film. To modern ears the language is shocking: pickaninnies, black bucks, darkies (and worse), but this sort of nonchalant racism serves to create the flavor of the times and a better understanding of the pre- and postwar South. Narrator Linda Stephens gets about a B minus; her Scarlett is near perfect, and her other white female Southerners are good, but the white males sound a bit too female, the Northerners sound Southern, and her black characters are just dreadful. There are lots of familiar lines (yes, Rhett really does say he doesn't give a damn) and scenes, and one is struck by how closely the film actors match the authors' descriptions of their characters (or maybe 60-odd years of "knowing" what they look like interferes). All in all, listeners intrepid enough to take this on will not be disappointed. Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. <br> <br> Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives. <br> <br> In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.
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