I have recently read a book, which has made a very deep impression on me. It is called “Gone with the Wind”. The author of the book is Margaret Mitchell.
The story is set around the time of the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), when the Southern states went to war with the North to defend their way of life. It was a way of life in which rich gentry lived in large houses and owned hug areas of land, cultivated by black slaves. The main character, Scarlett O’Hara, was born in one of those rich houses.
But “Gone with the Wind” is also about a love triangle. While Scarlett loves the quiet, gentlemanly Ashley Wilkes, the wild and decidedly ungentlemanly Rhett Butler is in love with her.
This book was first published in 1936 and became the talking point of all America. In 1939 the book was made into a highly successful film. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable played the leading roles. Vivien won the Oscar. Everyone loved her high-spirited and beautiful heroine, Scarlett O’Hara.
In 1991, a publishing company asked Alexandra Ripley, a historical novelist, to write the continuation of the story. Her novel “Scarlett” was not in the same class as the original. Critics have been writing very bad reviews of “Scarlett”, but the book is popular with the public.