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

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

by Alexandra Ripley


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"Alexandra Ripley is true to Scarlett's spirit and to Rhett's. Her sense of Mitchell's style is right on target." - Chicago Tribune

The timeless tale continues... The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Gone With the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now 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. Like its predecessor, Scarlett will find an eternal place in our hearts.

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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: 52,340
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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I've read this book at least 50 times and I still love it.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the passionate GWTW, this book was disappointing. Scarlett's determination to win Rhett back left me eager for a sequel; but this book didn't seem to capture the passion and spirit of our beloved Southern Belle. For half the novel, she wasn't even in the South; but in Ireland. Overall, I didn't enjoy it too much.
texicanwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This sequel is bound to transport the reader into reformation southern America following the Civil War. It is true to Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind', and goes beyond. It is well worth the time to read the 800+ pages, which you won't be able to put down!!!
taylorbetty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some areas are boring and very slow.
mrn945 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read Gone with the Wind and it's sequel more times than I care to admit. I simply cannot help myself though, it just appeals to the hidden romantic side of me in a way other novels just never did.I have to admit though that I have always loved Scarlett even more than Gone with the Wind. Perhaps it's because of Scarlett's growth, or the Irish setting, that just resonate with me more fully than the first novel.I assume that more people have read this sequel, but if you haven't, do ahead and try it! Don't be daunted by the 800 or so pages, it goes quickly. Seeing (figuratively) Scarlett finally grow-up and fall in love is worth the time and effort.If that doesn't persuade you, the beautiful and lush Irish backdrop for the second half of the novel should be more than sufficient!