Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gone with the Wind

Have you read Gone with the Wind? I love the movie. I could watch the movie over and over again. But amazingly it never occurred to me to read the book. Luckily it became a book club assignment and I highly recommend giving this a read if you haven't already. 

Even though I know the story there is so much richness in the novel that there is still plenty to savor. For example, you get the back stories of Scarlett's parents that help inform her struggle to balance her father's fiery Irish blood with the french aristocratic teachings of her mother. And I love that the protagonist is a strong and complicated woman. She's flawed and there are a lot of times you hate the choices she makes, but it's her journey that is so relate-able, and at times even admirable. Because while this is a coming-of-age story, it's first and foremost a story of survival. Scarlett must deal with huge obstacles and solve seemingly impossible problems, often at very young and immature age. Whatever her faults I admire a woman able to be strong like that.

And of course there is always Rhett as well, and who doesn't love Rhett :)

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