I finished Gone With the Wind today. What an amazing book. I'd seen the movie many times, so I knew the story well, but reading the book gave me such greater insight into the background and history of why everyone hated Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. I will admit that many times over the past few weeks, I've said aloud to my roommate - 'I want to marry Rhett Butler.'
Here's why - he loves Scarlett despite herself. And she's no great prize. She's stubborn and arrogant and mean. She marries men for every reason but love, but he tells her that he wants her more than he's ever wanted anything. I laughed, I cried, I looked up Civil War history. I will say that growing up in North Carolina, I know a lot about the Civil War and I'm not ignorant enough to believe that it was purely over slavery like so many in our country still believe. If you are interested in learning more about the Civil War and hearing it from the Confederate side, this is the book for you. I just think that seeing it all through the eyes of Scarlett and Rhett taught me a lot about love and motives and mostly about loving people in spite of their weakness.
If you haven't read it, get it and read it ASAP. I cannot recommend it enough.