Monday, 3 June 2013

Gone With the Wind (book): Review

Scarlett O’ Hara is an ill-tempered, obstinate young girl, brought up in a well-to-do family, in the pre-American Civil War Georgia. She is adored by the men of her county, but loathed by the women folk as a consequence of her candor.
The script is wrapped up with realistic characters, such as the rogue Rhett Butler (who has a sweet corner for Scarlett), the benevolent Melanie Hamilton (who sees nothing but good in everyone) and the honorable Ashley Wilkes (whom Scarlett cherishes). The book revolves around the gradual changes in her spirit, as
reactions to the sudden outbreak of hunger and poverty in a country which is yearning for peace. Margaret Mitchell had put forward the books in the following words:
I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn't.

It is a story of discovery of love, of birth of strength, of the need of greed, the wits of a survivor and the weight of downfall. We follow Miss O’ Hara from difficulties to luxuries; from sheer disappointments to exquisite exhilaration; from her innocence to becoming a fretful adult.The people she meets, the landscapes she observes, the incidents she experiences and her resultant thoughts and emotions have been finely detailed, in such energy that the reader himself feels compelled to be physically shaken. It seems as if you were actually present in the country in crisis, in the troubled times and in the happy memories. It is a roller coaster ride, creating a phase of turmoil about values and relations, converting hate to respect.

Like any good work of writing, it is carefully entwined; small elements have been be referenced where they were not expected.

"I had every detail clear in my mind before I sat down to the typewriter.” -The author
The writer crashes surprises at the beginning and end of chapters, which blends thrills into the text. Every sentence is creatively written, either you can fast-read it to grasp the story or absorb each sentence for its deeper meaning.
 It is a blend of beautifully woven characters in a typhoon of circling emotions, with a tinge of humour, a classic, a very readable piece for every big and small novel lover.

Now that I’m done with the book and its review, what will I do with my life? “No, I won’t think about this now. I’ll think of it tomorrow. I can stand it then. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

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