My Favourite Book (Gone with the Wind). Моя любимая
I've recently read a book which has made a very deep
impression on me. It's called Gone with the Wind and it makes
really unforgettable reading. The author of the book is Margaret
Mitchell. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, into a family of the
president of the Atlanta Historical Society. All the family were
interested in American history and she grew up in an atmosphere
of stories about the Civil War.
After graduating from college Margaret Mitchell worked for a
time for the Atlanta Journal. In 1925 she got married. In the
following ten years she put on paper all the stories she had heard
about the Civil War. The result was Gone with the Wind. It was
first published in 1936 and became the talking point of all
America. In 1939 it was made into a highly successful film. Vivien
Leigh and Clark Gable played the leading roles. Vivien Leigh won
the Oscar. Everyone loved her high-spirited and beautiful heroine,
The story is set around the time of the American Civil War
(1861-65) 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 huge areas of land, cultivated by
black slaves. Scarlett O'Hara was born into one of these rich
houses. When this way of life was destroyed and all her family's
wealth taken away by the advancing Northerners, the spoilt,
willful Scarlet had to grow up and use all her wit and intelligence
— and beauty — to build a new life.
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. After
Ashley marries someone else, and after many adventures of her
own, Scarlett does marry Rhett — but only for money.
The marriage is stormy and eventually Rhett walks out on her,
but by that time Scarlett has realized that she loves him after all.
Scarlett thinks of some way of getting him back, but we never
know if she does.
Margaret Mitchell never wrote a sequel to answer this burning
She died in 1949 in a car crash.
In 1991 a publishing company asked Alexandra Ripley, a
historical novelist to do the job. Her novel Scarlett was not in the