Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

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by Alexandra Ripley
     
 

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DRACULA cannot be described as a domestic novel, nor its annals as those of a quiet life. The circumstances described are from the first peculiar. A young solicitor sent for on business by a client in Transylvania goes through some unusual experiences. He finds himself shut up in a half ruined castle with a host who is only seen at night and three beautiful females…  See more details below

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DRACULA cannot be described as a domestic novel, nor its annals as those of a quiet life. The circumstances described are from the first peculiar. A young solicitor sent for on business by a client in Transylvania goes through some unusual experiences. He finds himself shut up in a half ruined castle with a host who is only seen at night and three beautiful females who have the misfortune of being vampires. Their intentions, which can hardly be described as honourable, are to suck his blood, in order to sustain their own vitality. Count Dracula (the host) is also a vampire but has grown tired of his compatriots, however young and beautiful, and has a great desire for what may literally be called fresh blood. He has therefore sent for the solicitor that through his means he may be introduced to London society. Without understanding the Count's views, Mr. Harker has good reason for having suspicions of his client. Wolves come at his command, and also fogs; he is also too clever by half at climbing. There is a splendid prospect from the castle terrace, which Mr. Harker would have enjoyed but for his conviction that he would never leave the place alive-
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These scenes and situations, striking as they are, become commonplace compared with Count Dracula's goings on in London. As Falstaff was not only witty himself but the cause of wit in other people, so a vampire, it seems, compels those it has bitten (two little marks on the throat are its token, usually taken by faculty for the scratches of a broach) to become after death vampires also. Nothing can keep them away but garlic, which is, perhaps, why that comestible is so popular in certain countries. One may imagine, therefore,how the thing spread in London after the Count's arrival. The only chance of stopping it was to kill the Count before any of his victims died, and this was a difficult job, for though several centuries old, he was very young and strong, and could become a dog or a bat at pleasure. However, it is undertaken by four resolute and high-principled persons, and how it is managed forms the subject of the story, of which nobody can complain that it is deficient in dramatic situations. We would not however, recommend it to nervous persons for evening reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446502375
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/26/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
64,094
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Ripley, the writer chosen by the Margret Mitchell estate to write this sequel, was born and bred in the South and is the author of three bestsellers: Charleston, On Leaving Charleston,and New Orleans Legacy.

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Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
historicalfictionsac More than 1 year ago
After reading Gone with the Wind, I was curious about Scarlett. I was a little leary about it though,seeing that it was a sequel written by another author. But it picked up right where Gone with the Wind left off and I was immediately swept up into it, I could hardly put it down. I absolutely and highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that there will NEVER be another book as timeless as Gone With the Wind. Never. However, Ripley does a very good job of bringing closure to Mitchell's iconic masterpiece. Ripley stays very close to the personalities of Mitchell's characters. Yes, the story does get a little out there in some places, but overall I was very pleased. For the people who really want to complain about sequels, read Rhett Butler's People. Now THAT was a horrible book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gone With the Wind, one of the greatest books ever, leaves us hanging. What happens to Rhett and Scarlett? Although not quite the same as Margaret Mitchell's book, I absolutely loved Scarlett. We are sent on so many new adventures with Scarlett as she first tries to make Rhett love her again, and we are introduced to Scarlett's family in Ireland as she makes a new start for herself and her daughter, Cat. This book had me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen and wondering "is there any hope left for Rhett and Scarlett"? A wonderful conclusion to Margaret Mitchell's classic and a must-read for any true GWTW lover!
PG_Watson More than 1 year ago
I loved Gone With the Wind - adored it. The movie, although it is a legend seemed so shallow in reference to the characters, Clark Gable as Rhett never did it for me, he was to delicate, no scoundrel. Just a note - this is not a book about Scarlett and Rhett although he is in some of it - he is out of the plot, though not out of Scarlett's thoughts for most of the book- this is a book about Scarlett. A girl who lost all of her ideals in a war who has to "find herself" as a woman - without a man. I think the problem is that people who read the first book liked Scarlett as a narcissist - she was young and immature but needed that narcissism to survive - as Margaret Mitchell put it "gumption". But what happens when you have enough , when the "fight" is over, you have arrived, you are an adult, can you be happy? Does the "gumption" just leave? What you do with that need, and what happens when you look outside of yourself? Also - when the man is gone? This is what happens to Scarlett. She has to face her consequences like any youth, attempts to live now as an adult they way she was raised, and then her gumption takes her everywhere to find her niche. In my opinion it is truly amazing - yes the plot is a little dramatic every now and then but please also remember that this was also done with Mitchell's notes too. I highly recommend this book for anyone that loved Scarlett in the first, not necessarily Scarlett and Rhett, but Scarlett O'hara - the daughter of an Irish Immigrant who was raised to be a lady on a plantation.
pinkgator More than 1 year ago
After re-reading GWTW recently, I also read Scarlett. I was very pleased with the beginning as Alexandra Ripley begins the story right where the original left off. However, as the story progresses it goes toward a very different and unexpected direction. I enjoyed the book, liked the author's evolution of Scarlett's character, and overall felt like it was a good read. For anyone curious about this book, I would recommend it. I know that I will read GWTW over and over-I doubt I'll re-read Scarlett.
SassyMorena More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. You have to remember it's a different author writing so expect a difference. Scarlett is also a women now and it's about her maturing. I could read this over and over. It's a good story and good ending to the pair Rhett and Scarlett.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up LOVING the movie 'Gone With The Wind' (GWTW). Next, I read 'Scarlett' several times when I got it, probably twenty years ago, and read the GWTW book right after. I wish I never watched 'Scarlett' the mini series. If I compared all four, I'd give the original GWTW book/movie an A+, 'Scarlett' book an A-/B+, and 'Scarlett' the mini series a D. I'm looking forward to rereading both books again now that I can read them on my nook. =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was okay; Scarlett and Rhett got their happy ending and all that jazz but of course, the sequel doesn't exactly live up to GWTW standards and reputation. What GWTW sequel ever could? But all in all, I thought that this was a decent attempt.
nicoleVA More than 1 year ago
This book is a definite page turner. A must read after Gone with the Wind. The author captures Margaret Mitchell's style perfectly and picks up right where she left off. If you didn't know better, you would think the same person wrote both. Love, love, love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the poorest sequels I have ever read. Margaret Mitchell never intended a sequel to be written and she was right. Ripley gave the characters entirely different personalities than they had in the original. This would have been better as an open bodice romance not connected to GWTW. Alexanda Ripley's arrogance in changing the entire concept of this classic is astounding and sickening. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the plot of this book. It was a perfect romance book. Once you start reading you can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing is for certain for all Gone With the Wind fans, you will either love this sequel or absolutely hate it. I, for one, really loved Ms. Ripley's Scarlett, and did not sleep until I had finished it. Being half Irish and a Southerner, I thought the book's transistions between Georgia, South Carolina, and Ireland was a smart touch. There were some things in the book that Scarlett did that I felt that the 'Real' Scarlett would not do, but all in all, the book was a delightful and intriguing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Ripley's Scarlett stays true to Margaret Mitchells style and taste. Scarlett's character undergoes many hardships but with inspiring strength sees them through. Set partly on the Irish countryside it perfectly captures the true Irish spirit within Scarlett. Rhett is the same dashing hearthrob, though a much more complex character. This book allows you a window into The Elite Charleston Society and at the same time Irish peasantry. Alexandra Ripley ties up this book in a neat package with a terrific ending.
Anonymous 5 months ago
She lies asleep on the bed lying on her back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I in my opinion am the biggest fan of GWTW im sure other would disagre but i loved this book i could not put ir down. It kept the feeling of the charactures as i felt then in the original and kept the story together. Added exitement and intrige and even a little mistery taking into consideration this took place in Ireland i belive it was on point. And i could go on for days about how good it was because it really was that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Margaret Mitchell must be turning in her grave. Ripley wrote an over-the-top romance totally lacking in the believability of Gone w the Wind. And Mitchell never meant for Rhett and Scarlett to get back together much less all that Irish stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing sequel! If you loved the original, you'll love this one as well! Great job, Ripley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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This book is a total insult to Margaret Mitchells GWTW. Totally inept, and, not worth the time or money. I won't even suggest your local library!!!!!!! Shame on the publishers and A R.
nana-1 More than 1 year ago
Not as great as the first, but still super.  Great!
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PatsyLynn More than 1 year ago
I read GWTW at 11 years old...and fell so in love (and into obsession!) with it that my mother finally hid it trying to "break the spell"...haha. When I heard about Scarlet, I was dubious that it could hold its own but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. With a sequel, you have obvious comparisons of the authors but that seems an exercise in futility to me. Two very different authors both did justice to this iconic heroine. I only wish there had been more time with Scarlet and Rhett together....we did wait a long time for that to happen! Very nicely done.
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