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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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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:


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.

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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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
While I don't think any book will be as iconic as the original Gone With the Wind, this sequel is well written. It picks up where Margaret Mitchell's book ended and brings some closure to the characters' stories. I found some parts of it a bit over the top but overall, really enjoyed the book. If you loved Gone With the Wind, I would recommend this sequel.
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
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
did not like at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took this as a possible continuation for gone with the wind. I do not think scarlett or rhett had as much depth in this book. Parts of this novel are far fetched and irrelevant to her story. This novel could easily be written in half of the amount of pages. It was ok. I do not think this story portrays the same scarlett that i grew up loving. I was worried when i read it that it would ruin my hopes for scarlett and rhett ending up together, but it didnt. I will push this story out of my mind whenever i think of them and try my best to never try to put any relation to these two stories again. This is not their ending.
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I liked the part where Scarlett went home to Tara.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this continuance of GWTW even though it was not written in the same style as Margaret Mitchell wrote the original. It gave a little more closure to the story. To the person who said that they did not want to read the rest of the book because Scarlett has children other than Bonnie in this book....well you must have not read Gone With the Wind at all and just watched the movie. They were deleted out of the screenplay for the movie. :-)