Oct 28 2008
I’ve never seen Gone With the Wind. Never read the book. I guess they were both so long that they daunted me a bit. A great big historical book is a committment, so I never got around to it until now. When J-bird and I started planning our long weekend, I started thinking of books I wanted to read, and Gone With the Wind was at the top. So I bought it, and started it, and I’m about halfway through.
Wow, how come no one ever mentioned that Scarlett O’Hara is a dumbass?
I’ve heard a lot of things about this story, but never once did anyone mention that the main character is a ning-nong, a nitwit, a know-nothing, a someone who can’t keep a thought in her head for more than a minute if it doesn’t pertain to boys or clothes. She’s getting a bit better now, in the part of the story I’m at, where she’s come back to Tara from Atlanta and is trying to keep her reduced family fed and the plantation from being burned by the Yankees, but still. DOORKNOB. It is blatantly obvious why her father told her she’d never be happy with Ashley Wilkes, is what I’m saying.
Regardless, it’s still a good book so far, and I do find Scarlett to be an interesting character. It just seems like there’s this big movement to keep her limited mental capacities on the q.t.