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 Stephens Mitchell
     
 
The timeless tale continues...
The most popular and beloved American historical novel
ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is
unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once
larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling
writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and
reintroduces us to the

Overview

The timeless tale continues...
The most popular and beloved American historical novel
ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is
unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once
larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling
writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and
reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well:
Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of
course, Scarlett.
As the classic story, first told over half a century ago,
moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is
reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless,
consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett
Butler reaches its startling culmination. Rich with
surprises at every turn and new emotional, breathtaking
adventures, Scarlett satisfies our longing to reenter the
world of Gone With the Wind, and like its predecessor,
Scarlett will find an eternal place in our hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446363259
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.62(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 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I approached this book with a mixture of fascination and caution. A sequel to a beloved novel, written many years later by a different author, can be downright dangerous to one's memory of the original. The proof is always in the reading, though and in this case, the estate of Margaret Mitchell made a resoundingly fine call in choosing Alexandra Ripley to write the sequel to Gone With the Wind. I hated finishing this one, because I didn't want to leave the characters and their world after reading its final paragraph. Ripley's Scarlett O'Hara is true to the character Mitchell created, but she does what the original Scarlett didn't have time (even in Gone With the Wind's vast scope) to do. She grows up. The selfish girl who never did learn the meaning of love does that at last, in the course of a multidecade journey that takes her from Atlanta back to Tara - to Charleston, the home of her estranged husband, Rhett Butler - to Savannah, where her mismatched parents married and their families still live - and on to Ireland's County Meath. Author Ripley understands what makes a woman like Scarlett tick, and leads her (sometimes gently, sometimes not!) through a journey of self-discovery that plays out against colorful real-world events. I'm no fan of bodice-ripping romances, but this isn't one. It's historical fiction with a strong woman at its center. My only criticism is an annoying tendency on Ripley's part to put suspiciously modern-sounding dialog into her characters' mouths. In every other respect, this sequel strikes all the right notes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this and thought this was a very good book.It caught my attention and grabbed my heart. You could never tell what would happen next. A great seqeul to GONE WITH THE WIND.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this immediately after GWTW. I was disappointed at first by the different writing style, and some of the comments written for Scarlett were hardly of the period, but all in all I thought it was a good book. The whole section on Ballyhara got a little long, but other than that I would say it's worth a read if you're a fan of Scarlett and Rhett...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, in all fairness I havn't read this new book yet. In 6th grade, on the last day of school, gave me a copy of Gone With The Wind, thinking that I would like it-all 1024 pages of it. For me, the beginning was a bit slow, but when I got to the chapters with Scarlett and Rhett, I was captivated. At 12 years old I finished the book and with that I felt that I had read something that would forever change my life. Now that I'm lazier and in high school, whenever I read GWTW, I find myself only reading the parts that either lead up to, are, or happen right after Scarlett's encounters with Rhett. I guess I am a truly hopeless romantic at heart. I never gave much thought to the sequel until I realized that I would never be truly happy until I had learned about what happened to the two most prominent characters in the history of novels. Thank you for posting such excellent book reviews, because now I think I can endure Scarlett, much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read reviews complaining of this Scarlett being so different. Well, she is. She is growing up in all ways. She is not the same person who lived in GWTW. I thought it was a wonderful story of a woman's journey through life. I wonder what that Kitty Cat would grow up to be!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved GWTW since I was 14 years old and I've re read it every year since then. Sometimes more than once. I read Scarlett when it first came out and have re read it every year since then, sometimes more than once per year. And I think I love them both more every time I read them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first couple of chapters dragged on forever but around the fifth chapter it gets really interesting and i couldn't put it down.i think i like it more then the first mostly because it showed a change in scarlett and it was like she didn't need rhett, she loved him but she went on with out him and when he visited her when she met the queen it was like he realized what he lost and that she was moving on and changing without him. I think the begining and middle is better in the book but they should change the ending because it felt like she started out taking her time but then rushed the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book started off bad. and then when i thought that it couldn't get any worse i realized, that when it rains it pours. she ends up in the 'land of her fore-fathers.' that's when it goes from a '2' to a '1'. there are so many cliche lines passed from one charecter to the next. and like one reviewer said it really becomes a trashy romance novel. both scarlett and rhett don't even seem like themselves. Dont read it people, save your minds for more derserving literature. i really wish that i could give it no stars what so ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Margaret Mitchell would be rolling in her grave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok i know that some people may like this book, but I HAVE to disagree... I read this in less than two days, hopeing that in the begining Scarlett was just in a mood and she was so different for that reason.Not true, that is how this author made her... she is NOT the woman she was in Gone With the Wind. I will say that the book maybe descent as a book on its own, as a sequel....It is all wrong...Dont read this if you want closure to Gone With the Wind... Only read it if you want a story of it's own....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know if anyone else has had this dilemma, but I have actually read two different versions of Scarlett. One I read about 10 years ago, and the most recent one was the one by Alexandra Ripley. I don't know who wrote the first one I read. Some of the things are the same in both books, but there are a lot of things that are different. I liked the first one I read much better. It was closer to the movie than the one Ripley wrote and I think that the character of Scarlett was more like she was in GWTW. If you didn't like Ripley's version and ever come across the other one, I def. recommend you to read that one instead. Also, even without Rhett being played by Clark or Scarlett being played by Vivian, the movie Scarlett is also a good watch. The ending is a lot different than Ripley's version but they still end up together:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book continues about two weeks from where it left off, so you don't miss any of the splendor, sobs, or blackmail. Scarlett is struggling to accept Melanie's death, and her love for Rhett. She hasn't changed a bit since last time. She is still as bullheaded, self-absorbed, and seductive as before, but hey that's why we fell in love with her. As you know Rhett has left Scarlett claiming that there is no more love for him to give. Scarlett refuses to accept this and follows him to Charleston, where she is accepted with the city's famous hospitality. Contrary to prior feelings, Scarlett falls in love with the city and it's people. To Rhett's horror his mother welcomes Scarlett with open arms and love reminding her of her own mother. Ms. Eleanor is willing to do anything for Rhett to find love and if that means taunting him with Scarlett, she'll do it. Unfortunatly, instead of Rhett facing his love he runs away again. Causing all of his women, his sister, mother, and Scarlett anguish. She is horrified when she learns that Rhett doesn't love her anymore, but knowing Scarlett has she ever not gotten what she wants?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was the worst book i have ever read. she started out okay,but by the end it just got really bad. Scarlett and Rhett were not the same people and the author just messed their personalities up. it felt as if it wasn't a sequal to Gone With the Wind at all. Instead it was like a sequal to another story altogether.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Ripley tried her hardest, but you just can't beat the original. The stories didn't match up. Scarlett just wasn't the same in this sequel. I hated the ending Scarlett was not supposed to end up with Rhett that was the way the story was supposed to end. To me the story was supposed to end when Rhett said 'Frankly dear,I don't give a damn' I wish I had never read it, it runined the story for me. But some people like this ending better, when the spoiled, selfish girl gets what she wants
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read! It takes you on a long road full of different types of emotion: laughing, crying,etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was dull, it was not good. It obviously not Margaret Mitchell's soothing words! It was an awesome novel turned into a sequel that should have been stopped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It starts out very awkwardly - not at all like Mitchell - but Ripley makes it her own and by the end, it is definitely an original literary wonder. Read 'Scarlett,' because the ending Mitchell could not create (or would not) is imagined by Ripley. It becomes a much more satisfying read, knowing the end and then intertwining GWTW and 'Scarlett' together. Definitely a must read. Ignore the inconsistency to Mitchell and read it for the content, not the style. It becomes very interesting and leaves you wondering as you read on... A MUST READ. Enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it is the best book i have ever read! i was thrilled when i i found this book and i really hoped it would be great, and it turned out better than great. There just isn't a word that can describe this book, it is my favorite book ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the sequel to Gone with the Wind. I was worried that the author would not be able to capture Scarlett's spirit but she did a fantastic job!! I could not put the book down and was brought to tears with the ending! Highly recomended for anyone curious to see where Scarlett went after Rhett left her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very eager to read Scarlett as i love Gone with the Wind.. but this book portrayed Scarlett as someone different.. But the author has tried to do justice to all the characters.. It was unnecessarily a bit too long but the ending was good..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, it didn't match up to the greatness of Gone With the Wind, but then again, what can. It was a pointless book and had nothing to do with Scarlett's struggle to get Rhett back. I do not recommend it. It will ruin Gone Wind the Wind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved 'Gone With the Wind' and was thrilled to discover the sequel 'Scarlett'. I was a bit concerned that a differant author would not do Scarlett and Rhett justice, but quickly learned that was not true. I esp. loved the way Alexander Ripley picked up exactly where Margaret Mitchell had left off (Melly's funeral). I do wish that Ripley had introduced Rhett into the story line more often. I know that a great part of the suspense is created by the reader wondering when Rhett will appear to re-claim Scarlett, but Ripley did draw this out a bit too long. I also kept wondering what Rhett was up to while Scarlett was re-building 'Tara'. I only wish there were a sequel to 'Scarlett' titled 'Rhett'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv the original Gone with the Wind, but the ending didn't satisfy me. So, i went to the libraby and read the sequel. honestly, i don't really like the style. its too modern. But the ending is just GREAT!!!!!all i want, i am waiting, is that Scarlett and Rhett can be together again happy and joy! i enjor reading it. Scarlett is really a marvolous character!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Gone With The Wind and i loved everything about it. Scarlett proves a good ending, but i have to admit it was not the Scarlett we know, but still good. The ending was good, but came too soon. I wish there was more about how Scarlett and Rhett contiune their life.Overall i loved it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I;ve been gwtw obbessed since i saw the movie when i was five. when i read the book i fell in love. Im now reading Scarlett and all i have to say is this.... im half way done... the charlston parts are good but the rest sucks. I dont think RiplEy does a good job with the writing style of this book. It sounds ike a trashy love novel. now i am starting to see how she is butchering my favorite charcters of all time. but i guess i have to finish the book