First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.
First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
I have come across First Impression Friday through Krsitin Kraves Books. It piqued my interest so I decided to do my own. What better way to start than with a colossal literary masterpiece. Let us start! P.S. Do check out Kristin Kraves Books as it has many interesting book and reading-related pieces.
Margaret Mitchell’s epic saga of love and war has long been heralded as The Great American Novel. Gone With The Wind explres the depths of human passions with indelible depictions of the burning fields and cities of Civil War and Reconstruction America. In the two main characters, the irresistible, tenacious Scarlett O’Hara and the formidable debonair Rhett Butler, Margaret Mitchell gives us a timeless story of survival and two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet. Gone With the Wind is a thrilling, haunting and vivid book that readers will remember for the rest of their lives.
700th Read. There is no better way to mark a personal milestone than with a behemoth of a classic like Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. Back when I was finally able to purchase a copy of the book, I knew I had to reserve it for something special, such as a century read. So how does this epic masterpiece fare so far?
There was a fleeting sense of intimidation when I started reading the book. For one, it is a literary classic which has been the subject of many a literary study. It is quite a tall order unraveling one of the biggest and most revered works of literature. To boot, it is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Thankfully, length is not much of an issue for me.
My initial feeling of intimidation started to dissipate as I slowly indulge into the story. I first got to know more about Scarlett O’Hara. I have come across the name countless of times but I never really quite placed it; it was quite an impressionable name, and later on I realized, an unforgettable character too. I disliked her and her thrist for attention which she flaunts at every opportunity. I am still torn about her because she has some redeeming qualities, especially when faced with daunting adversities. Mitchell did a commendable job of conjuring Scarlett as she evokes deep emotions.
Another character I have across so far is Rhett Butler, another fabled name. I have read some negative comments about him in a couple of book reviews I have read. He sounds sarcastic and at times hypocritical but behind it is an intelligent man who refused to be swallowed by the toxic environment he was wrapped in. Just like Scarlett, he is often projected as a villain. But is he really? Only time will tell.
I am nearly halfway through the book. The first half has been filled with fine layers of history which makes it captivating. At many a times, I was reminded of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The novel navigates through the characters and philosophies of war with such acuity. However, unlike the Russian masterpiece, Gone With The Wind doesn’t take the readers to the heart of the battlefield.
While reading the novel, I am also reminded of other books I have previously read like Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret of the Bees, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides, and Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. Gone With The Wind mirrors the first two in their vivid and colorful portrayal of Deep South society. Moreover, it goes so deep into the history of the South, thus, the different elements that resonate all through out.
I have such high expectations of this novel and, so far, it is living up to it. Its different textures and complexions and the various complications of the characters are making my mind work, riveting it to the heart of the narrative. The writing is more straightforward than I expected; the same impression I had of War and Peace only to learn later on that they’re both easier, albeit not pleasurable, reads. Gone With The Wind’s fine mixture of different elements has so far drawn me deeper. Looking forward to how the story wraps up.