book beginnings on Friday: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

I know, I know. But I’ve never read it! I’m in good company, too, because I’m reading this one with The Heroine’s Bookshelf‘s readalong. It’s not too late to join in! (Okay, you might be a bit behind, because the discussion of the first 7 chapters is Monday. It is possible.) I’m very excited.


Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father.

There you have it; we’ve met our lady. Have you read this book? Care to join us?

10 Responses

  1. I love that beginning! I really want to reread this one….thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, it’s so great! I was hooked from page one.

  3. Wow, I like that. I’ve seen parts of the movie (couldn’t stand to watch it all), but I’ve been very curious about the book. I’ll consider joining the read-along!

  4. I’ve never read this one either, but after reading the beginning I can see I’m seriously missing out. If I can make it through the first 7 chapters by Monday I’ll see you then!

    New follower 🙂

  5. You are, you are! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. First line of the book I’m reading: “The goat was in the tree again.”

    That wouldn’t mean much to me without context, but knowing the author’s style very well, this line made me laugh, because it’s so characteristic of her voice and writing style. The book is “Texas Gothic” by Rosemary Clement-Moore; she’s a Texas-based writer of young adult paranormal romantic comedies — at least, I think that’s how I would characterize it. I find her work to be a cut above the rest in the genre, because her voice (and her main characters’ voices) is so funny and intelligent.

    I read “Gone with the Wind” as a sophomore in high school, when we were required to do a report on a book that the teacher agreed was “challenging” enough. I guess 1000+ pages qualified! I loved it, and I went through a GWTW stage for several years — saw the movie multiple times (in German, oddly enough — I spent my junior year in Germany), hung posters on my bedroom wall, etc. The movie does leave some things out, but overall was a quite faithful adaptation, I thought. I’ve kept the book all these years and would like to re-read it one of these days!

  7. Amy, how funny! Have you seen the movie in English, too??

  8. I haven’t read this either! (Or seen the film…I seriously need to acquaint myself with more of the classics, I know…) Scarlett O’Hara certainly sounds like a beautiful lady, and this has given me a nice taste of the story, so thankyou!

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