From Norman's list on dropping you into another time and place.
I read this book not long after my first reading of War and Peace and found that the two have a lot in common. Like War and Peace, GWTW follows a heroine from her giddy teens, through the sobering rigors of war, and into rebuilding her life after the war. And in both books, even the minor characters are vivid and well-rounded. Today, we may take issue with some of the politics in Mitchell’s book, but the novel is an accurate evocation of the politics of the time and place she’s describing. We don’t have to get nostalgic about those times, but neither should we forget them.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
The story of the tempestuous romance between Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara is set amid the drama of the Civil War.