My Grandmothers Copy of Gone With The Wind

My grandmothers copy of Gone With The Wind, remains one of my most treasured keepsakes.

I recently downloaded the book, ‘Gone With The Wind’ to my Kindle. It’s not because I haven’t read the book – far from it! Like millions of readers world-wide, I have already savoured every page of this best-selling listed book of all time in hardback, at least twice so far. I was 6 years old when my grandmother first noticed me looking intently at her copy of ‘Gone With The Wind’ in her bookcase. And it was shortly after my grandmother passed away a few months later that the very same book was placed gently into my hands to keep (as per her request).

There have been so many book reviews about ‘Gone With The Wind’, authored by Margaret Mitchell, that I was almost tempted not to write this review. It seems somewhat pointless in repeating what has already been written countless times about this masterpiece, and the only book ever published by this author in 1936, who received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for it, in 1937. With over 30 million sales, a film, and sequel attempts by other authors in attempts to keep the ‘Gone With The Wind’ saga alive, it is a book well known, world-wide.

For those unfamiliar; set in the state of Georgia, southern United States in 1861, ‘Gone With The Wind’ is the story of the high spirited, unconforming southern belle Scarlett O’Hara and her tumultuous struggles of the heart, with (southern gentleman) Ashley Wilkes and (charming rogue) Rhett Butler. But it is not just a romance novel; it is also a novel bathed in American history, and the story of a young woman’s determination and strength of will to save her beloved plantation home called Tara in any way possible, through times of the American Civil War and the early years of Reconstruction.

I cannot recall why I was so captivated by this book when I looked at it on my grandmother’s book shelf all those years ago (it did not have a colourful outside cover). I certainly wasn’t at an age to fully comprehend the contents of it, despite the fact that as a child growing up in the Australian bush in the 1960’s, reading was a huge part of my childhood, especially as my mother and grandmother were both teachers. However, once I read the book I realised that my grandmother would have known I would relate to Scarlett’s love of the land; her home, Tara, which she fought to protect at any cost.

My favourite excerpts:-

Gerald O’Hara (Scarlett’s father): ‘’Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, that Tara, that land doesn’t mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin’ for, worth fightin’ for, worth dyin’ for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.’’

“Somewhere, on the long road that wound through those four years, the girl with her sachet and dancing slippers, had slipped away, and there was left a woman with sharp green eyes, who counted pennies and turned her hands to many menial tasks, a woman to whom nothing was left from the wreckage, except the indestructible red earth on which she stood.” 

‘Gone With The Wind’ will appeal to readers for so many different reasons. I highly recommend it!

© Copyright J M Lennox. All Rights Reserved.

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13 Comments
  1. Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    interesting

  2. Posted February 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Very nice share. I love “love story” too.

  3. Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Ah, what a lovely, heartwarming post. My wife loves this book too.

  4. Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    nice article

  5. Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I disagree with you – there can never be enough book reviews of classics. No matter how many others have read the book and shared their experience of it, every reader has a unique experience with reading it. I enjoyed reading yours. Your perspective is unique because this copy of Gone With the Wind is bound up with memories of your grandmother.

    I was about 13 when I first read it. I remember that it was the first ever library book that I renewed because it took me more than 2 weeks to read it. 2 weeks plus 1 day, if memory serves me correctly.

  6. Kimberly Martin
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Great heirloom.

  7. Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I have not read Gone with the wind. Your memories are so beautiful. I will surely read this.

  8. Posted February 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    well written piece! a rich history

  9. Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    You have brought back many memories of the richly written words from “Gone with the Wind.” Thank you for sharing.

  10. Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    What a great article ;thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Posted February 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Lucky are you to have your grandmother’s Gone with the Wind book copy.

  12. Posted February 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I liked this movie too…a struggle.

  13. Posted February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Finally got back to this one Jan cheers

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