Friday, January 20, 2012

Feature Friday: The Love Story Behind...

Normally I review books which I enjoyed. Today I am featuring a book which I did not quite care for. I can't exactly tell you why I didn't like it. Maybe because I've always loved Gone with the Wind and the author, and this book made me see a bit too much behind the curtain. 

 When I turned the last page of Gone with the Wind, I wished it would go on and on. When I reached the final page of The Love Story behind Gone with the Wind it was almost a relief it was finally over.

As far as research and presentation, the book is well written. I appreciated the well documented notes in the back of the book. The book can be laborious at times. There were instances where I felt there could be less repetition of facts. Having said this, the writing did go smoothly considering how long the book is. (517 pages of story text) 

On a positive note, this is a book which will give every aspiring author hope. The way Margaret Mitchell managed to get her novel published is quite incredible. It was her one swan song and she sang it throughout her life.


Don't take my word for it though, you can read it for yourself and decide what you think. I won my copy from Books, Belles & Beaux. In fact, you can go and check out the great review she did on the book. She has a much more favorable approach to it.

Now is your chance to win a copy of The Love Story Behind Gone with the Wind- I only have one copy, which is in great condition- so if you would like it please be the first person to comment with "I want this book" :) I will mail it off to you as soon as possible.

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    1. hah! A good review? I thought this was a pretty bad one :) Had you wanted the book?

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    1. See, exactly what I was saying- each person who reads it might have a different perspective- so everyone has to read it for themselves :)

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  3. Oh, Anjuli, I wish you would have liked it better, but as you say, in the end we all just have to read a book and see what we think. I hope you found a few things in it that at least made it a worthwhile read -- it just maybe won't land on your keeper shelf. Thanks for giving it a go. ;)

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    1. Joanne, as I said- there was quite a bit in it that I admired- the great research and presentation of little known facts. I really am glad I read it- even if it didn't sit so well :) who knows, maybe it was WHEN I read it- I mean the circumstances in which I read it (right before my daughter's wedding and my mind wasn't all there)-- anyhow if someone else would like it I think it would make a nice addition to their library. :)

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  4. Anjuli, Gone with the Wind was a great read so cannot comment on this one till you send me to read:)

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    1. Rahul- you are the WINNER than! send me your snail mail address to desertstar@writing.com and I will send the book off on Monday! I think YOU might enjoy it- as it appears, I'm the only one who was not totally over the moon about it :)

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    2. So far you the winner of the book Rahul- however, if I don't have your mailing address, I won't be able to mail it to you- you can email me at desertstar@writing.com to give me the mailing address- if I don't receive it within 4 days, I will assume you don't want the book and then I'll send it off to colour me sunshine (who is next in line for the book) :)

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  5. yes, Gone with the wind stays with us long after the last page is savored

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    1. I read it as a teenager and I can still remember some parts so vividly.

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  6. And of course I'm late so I cannot even expect to get the book !! But happy to be back & reading you again :)

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    1. Well,if Rahul does not send me his snail mail address- you are second in line ;)

      I'm sooo glad you are back- I've popped over to your blog and put exclamation marks everywhere in my joyous state of seeing your return to blogville!!!

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  7. I'm super happy too :). i've been trying to comment on your blog since the last 3 days but the comment box refused to open up!!

    how many days are you giving Rahul to response ;). I'm emailing you my address in advance just in case :P LOL!!

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    1. ha ha you are hilarious!!! :)

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    2. If you send me your mailing address to desertstar@writing.com I will send you the book- it seems Rahul has not responded with his mailing address. So you are the runner up :)- the book is just sitting on my desk waiting to be sent out.

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  8. I've read this! But I might just re read it now :)

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    1. So what was YOUR opinion? So far all who have read it have a very favorable opinion- I appear to be in the minority - haha- well that is the story of my life :)

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    2. I didn't like it either. Just like I didn't like "Oliver's Story", the follow up to "Love Story". Some classics should be left alone. But I want to re read it for fun. I need an easy read given my 1 book a month resolution.

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