Synopsis (via Goodreads)
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's epic love story is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and its people forever changed. At the heart of all this chaos is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett 'O' Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.
This book has been on my reading list since about May last year (I know, it's taken me a long time to get around to it!) when we watched the movie (not that this book was actually on our course - we were reading 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and we were doing 'reasearch' into the Southern Belle theme - basically we wanted to watch a movie and this one sorta fit with what we were meant to be doing :P). In my opinion the books will always be better than the movie so I knew I had to read this book (especially when I found the film to not have enough depth for me - I like to know everything there is to possibly know :P). I got this book for Christmas but decided to put off reading it until summer because of its hefty size!
It has taken me about two and a half weeks to read this book (whilst reading other books too!) so a pretty long time - but I'm so glad I made the effort to read it! I loved learning more about the history of the American Civil War plus the changing ideas and attitudes towards the Southern Belle as a result of the Civil War.
Admittedly the first couple of hundred pages were pretty hard going - it took me a while to get into the story but once I got past that, got cemented into the era and knew all the characters I was completely hooked! The plot moved quick enough for me not to get bored but also had enough detail and info so that I could follow what was going on.
I loved the character of Scarlett from the very beginning - despite all her failings (her selfishness, temper, greed, etc.) because deep down I knew that she would have a revelation - when that eventually occurred I was so gutted that it was too late! Rhett has to be my fave character though - I just love everything about him - his humour, his gentleman-ness, and especially how he cared for his daughter.
I'm not gonna lie this book was only the third in my life that made me cry (the others being Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows & Before I Die) - I literally spent the last two hundred pages sobbing! The only thing I have to say that I was disappointed with was the fact that the ending definitely wasn't how I wanted it to be - but then again I suppose that's what makes it such a good book - how that in real life not everything turns out like in a fairytale - a good lesson I suppose.
Last thought? Don't be put off by this books length (I waited 1000 pages to read the words 'Frankly my dear I don't give a damn' - and even then there was no frankly involved #gutted!) it is definitely worth it!
Would you read this book?