I had been reading books since I was 5. I had also read many books before this. But it was the classic ‘Gone With the Wind’ that really blew my mind. Its 1000+ pages of storytelling heaven. It was also one of the first historical fictions I had read. I was amazed by the vast canvas of the book. It starts from the fields of Georgia and follows the lives of Scarlett O’Hara and her family through the civil war. It details each landscape beautifully.
The protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara, was completely different from the sacrificing, sweet as saccharine heroines we read in books or watch in movies. Scarlett was as selfish and vain as she can be. She is ready to wreck Melanie’s marriage to Ashley Wilkes. The reason being Ashley didn’t fall for her charms and loved Melanie. She impulsively marries Melanie’s brother Charles just to get close to Melanie and Ashley.
She loves being the center of all male attention. But she is stumped by Rhett Butler, an equally grey-black character. Rhett loves Scarlett’s directness. He also loves her because she is straight forward and speaks her mind unlike other females who are trying to get his attention. Scarlett knows this and tries her very best to use it to her advantage.
With so much turbulence in their internal and external lives, the drama engrosses you right till the end.
I had read the book when I was a teenager. The book was very much in sync with my own feelings at that time. I loved Scarlett and her selfish behaviour. Perhaps it was the rebellion of the teenager in me. And Rhett Butler is a man you dream about. Someone who loves you unconditionally and lets you be as you are.
So, which was the first book you fell in love with?