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This book was not published in San Diego, but it is a classic. There is no love story like Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.

In every reader or author, there is that one book that either changed the way they read or write. We may have a collection of books or stories, but we find ourselves reaching for that book that will either be read for the many times or will help us shape up a character or story.

Gone With the Wind was published in 1936. The book was considered an instant success. On the first day it was released, it sold 50,000 copies. That year the novel also won a Pulitzer prize.

It is starts with a young woman, Scarlett O’Hara, entertaining beaus on her plantation in the Old South (Clayton County, Georgia). The War Between the States is looming over everyone heads, but Scarlett is focused on being 16 and the belle of the ball.

While sitting on the porch, she receives the news from the Tarelton twins that the man she secretly loves is about to announce his engagement at his barbeque tomorrow afternoon. She waits for her father to come home to find out if the rumor is true, and he confirms that it is. Gerald O'Hara tries to give his daughter sound advice, but Scarlett is convinced that her love can change how Ashley Wilkes is. That night, during prayers, Scarlett comes up with a plan to change Ashley's mind and is hoping that they will elope.. The day of the barbeque, Scarlett tells Ashley of her love for him and uses all her charm to get Ashley to break off his engagement . Ashley tells her that he may care about her, but Melanie Hamilton is the woman that he is going to marry.

After the Scarlett expresses her scorn in an unladylike fashion, she realizes that her and Ashley were not alone...

“Sir,” she said, “you are no gentleman!”

“An apt observation,” he answered airily. “And you, Miss, are no lady”

(Mitchell, Margaret. (1936) Gone With the Wind. Retrieved from https://read.amazon.com/?asin=B000XGMTWS)
Those words between Scarlett and Rhett started the beginning of tumultuous relationship.

The characters almost seem to have a life of their own. One could close their eyes and see the innocent love that Scarlett has for Ashley at 16, the flames that destroyed Atlanta when Sherman did his march to the sea (November 15 to December 21, 1864) to the love-hate relationship between Scarlett and Rhett Butler.

Many of us have seen the movie and we all remember the line when Rhett Butler tells Scarlett O’Hara “Frankly, my dear. I don’t give a damn.” This line is a classic from the book. After all the trials and tribulations that Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler went through from the time they met when Scarlett was 16 at Ashley’s ball to the death of Melanie Wilkes, that line will always the best ending to any book. Rhett has finally given up on Scarlett and Scarlett is finally realizing that she has never really loved Ashley but has always been in love with Rhett.

Gone With the Wind was the only novel that Margaret Mitchell published in her lifetime. She was writing a sequel to but was stuck down in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia in 1949. She was asked what was going to become of the Scarlett and Rhett and she replied that she did not know what would happen to them.

The movie version came out in 1939.

This book is available at most bookstores and libraries. If interested in purchasing it online, it can be bought in the paper copy and the electronic version at both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

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