Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Opening line: “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
I assume you know the plot of Gone With the Wind, so let’s just get right to it. Much like my recent post on P&P, and my long-delayed post on JE, GWTW is not a book that I can just give a straightforward review on. I have a relationship with this book.
I first read GWTW just as I was beginning my freshman year of college. I arrived early on the first day of my Exodus/Deuteronomy class, and like all shy studious freshmen, I decided to pass the time by reading my book. I was in choir that year and I had met everyone already during choir camp, so I knew the girl sitting in front of me was Amanda, but we hadn’t really talked. When I pulled out GWTW, her eyes lit up. It’s her favorite book. With her customary warmth and friendliness, she drew me into conversation and that was it. We’ve been best friends ever since.