Today I am reviewing Gone With the Wind. Scarlett is a spoiled teenager living on a wealthy plantation. The story takes place before, during and after the Civil War. Before the war, Scarlett had it all-- slaves, pretty dresses, and the ability to attract men. But when the man she loves the most marries somebody else Scarlett's world turns upside down. First she marries the shyest boy in the county, then he dies of disease in the army and Scarlett must mourn for him for a period of three years. Scarlett's life falls apart, and then the war ends, releasing looters, famines, bitter black people and no money. In order to save her land and family, Scarlett remarries and builds a thriving business on which she sustains her family, as she takes life by the horns and defies odds and Southern etiquette. After all this she falls in love with Rhett Butler, a rich Southern gentleman who by no means is an actual gentleman. This unforgettable love story brings you through the struggles of the time period and how they must find love in one of Americas best love story ever published.
This story was SO fascinating, especially the Southern etiquette. I found it intriguing how people were expected to act, such as a mourning period of three years, or how pregnant woman are not to be seen in public, or that women weren't supposed to do business or handle finances for their husbands. Scarlett defied all of these rules.
Another thing I loved was the historical side of the story. What it was like after the war, when Northerners would ride up to your house and take all your food and valuables, or how women couldn't go out at night because they might be robbed and raped by newly freed blacks. The struggles of this time period were evident in the writing and the first-hand insight really caught by attention.
The story itself was incredible! I love the strength and gall of Scarlett, even though she is not a great person. Rhett, too, was not a great person all around, but his character is so lovable!
The one thing I need to read to follow up with this book is to read the sequel (if you finish this book you would know why!). If you liked this book you might also like My Name is Mary Sutter and Rhett Butlers People. I really liked My name is Mary Sutter, but I couldn't get into Rhett Butlers People.
This story is truly a wonderful book that takes you right into the center of things! If you choose to read it I hope you enjoy it!