- Author Margaret Mitchell
Very mixed feelings about this one. It took me a long time to get fully engaged with it, because, let’s face it: Scarlett is not a very nice character, is she? Many of the characters are pretty unlikeable really, by the end I was only fond of Melanie. It’s good to have flawed characters, that makes them interesting, and I did like some of Scarlett’s more fiery ambitions: no kids, money and power, to heck with what other people think. But there needs to be some scruples, doesn’t there?
The middle part of the book was interesting: the twists and turns of these lives, marriage and fidelity, set on a back drop of civil war and the aftermath. But actually I found it all very depressing, things just get worse and worse for everyone and by the end I was glad it was over to stop the torment!
Interesting book, definitely a classic and good to be up to speed with the cultural references within, but I can’t put my hand on my heart and say I liked it.