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Having waited a number of years to read this book (it was an LibraryThing Early Reviewer book that I won in 2008 but never received), I'm quite glad I waited. I didn't particularly enjoy Gone With the Wind and that may have helped me enjoy this more than I otherwise would have.

I agree with the other comments that the story is not particularly well written, and Scarlet seems to play a manic-depressive for much of the book (I'm a cow, now I'm an airhead, now I'm a super-cow, now I'm an airhead in love). If you take it as a seperate story from the original, then it works in its own right.

The plot follows Scarlet in the year after Gone With The Wind. Her sister is hiding a 'shameful' secret, and is quite ill, so Scarlet sacrifices her own happiness to look after her. Being a novel about Scarlet though, things keep twisting and turning until the very end. The end which, by the way, could have come straight from a 70s romance novel. Blurgh. At least the ending of the original was unique at the time.

Anyways, the story is not overly complex and provides an easy read. As I know absolutely nothing about American history, I wouldn't know if it was in any way accurate, but it had enough descriptive text in there to keep me interested without describing every dollop of mud that she walks through.

All in all, an average read. But I can see it would be below-average if you were expecting something in the exact style of Margaret Mitchell.
tas666 | 11 andra recensioner | Sep 6, 2011 |
This is a terrible book. No review has yet said what a truly awful reading experience reading this clumsy, inept, long-winded (no pun intended) and laughable story actually is. It's not just that the author made the choice to bring back several dead characters from GONE WITH THE WIND to participate in her story... or put certain living characters into situations that never would have happened in 19th century America or Great Britain... and it's not just the third-rate romance novel dialogue that the characters speak... it's also that the plot is so poorly constructed and poorly executed. My mouth fell open on the first capitalization of the word "typhoid", and the author's skills never improved from there. Not unliike Ms. Pinotti's version of Scarlett, I needed a "shot of Brandy" after reading this tripe.

Believe me, I never thought that GONE WITH THE WIND was some untouchable pinnacle of excellence. I was prepared to be generous and honestly thought that the Mitchell Estate was being hard on Ms. Pinotti, getting her book banned in the U.S. But, having gone to the trouble (and considerable expense) to obtain and to read THE WINDS OF TARA -- the Mitchell Estate was right all along.
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SusyClemens | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 17, 2009 |
was sent this book by LibraryThing.

Total rubbish! Repetitive, badly edited, badly written. (For instance if someone is speaking, the dialogue often ends with 'and she rambled on'. The author clearly couldn't think of what the character should say next.) Frequent uses of the same turns of phrase, and I'm only up to Chapter 13, and it's been a plod to get there. Of course, this was a pre-press copy, so the number of typos could almost be ignored at this point, but the level of editing needed to be further down the track.

BUT, I looked it up on the internet, and the reviewer, after revealing pretty much the whole story, as well as the denouement, says:

The typos and errors of this "unedited" book were distracting as were the misspelled character names. All the original characters from the book are here, and are blended well with elements from the movie and the book.

Copies of the book are almost impossible to find, and the author herself was only able to obtain 1 copy. The Stephens Mitchell trust has blocked the publisher "Xlibris" from printing any more copies of the book. Contrary to reports about Borders, Barnes & Noble or any other booksellers taking orders for this book, there are NO copies available and the orders can not be filled. Since this book was printed in such a limited number before being banned, it is a very valuable & rare collectible for the serious GWTW collector. It is estimated that in years to come this book may be as valuable as a true first edition of GWTW, which can sell for upwards of $3,000.
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livrecache | 11 andra recensioner | Jul 24, 2009 |
Did you really think that Scarlett O'Hara would have a peaceful life after the end of Gone With the Wind? Drama always seems to sweep over Scarlett, testing her mettle. And again we have Scarlett saying "fiddle dee dee" to the morales of the day, and in a battle over her beloved Tara, the time at odds with herself over Rhett. It is an enjoyable sequel to the classic, and the dialogue "sounds" just like the Scarlett that we know and love.½
nellista | 11 andra recensioner | Jul 20, 2009 |
You will be surprisingly swept away by The Winds of Tara, assuming you can obtain a copy to read. It is unavailable in the United States. Due to copyright infringements and the lack of authorization from the Mitchell Trust, the book was pulled from bookstore shelves. Fortunately, since the copyright does not apply in Australia, diehard Gone With the Wind fans, can buy The Winds of Tara there, albeit having to pay high shipping costs.

Once I overcame the logistics of obtaining the book, it was well worth the wait and expense. I was held captive again by Scarlett and Rhett as I was as a teen.
Again, Tara is the rock that holds the family together and nothing is more sacred or valued more, than the lives and reputations of those who live there. It is delightful to enjoy the banter again between the Butler’s as they continue to prove they are truly made for each other. Neither trusting each other, both madly in love with each other, both stubborn and unyielding. Without the Civil War as the backdrop, Scarlett is busy trying to save her marriage and recover her reputation as well as maintaining the social status of the family name.

Katherine Pinotti has succeeded in masterfully matching the tone, style, dialect and personalities of the original characters created so lovingly by Margaret Mitchell. It is obvious that the author took great care when writing the sequel to maintain a continuum that would be believable and have the same passion as the original. Her success should be celebrated as she has not altered the integrity of Mitchell’s novel, nor has she detracted from the novel’s birthright. On the contrary, Pinotti, has enhanced the legacy of Gone With the Wind by breathing a new soul into a story fans have yearned to hear.

Although it has been said that Mitchell never intended a sequel, many have attempted to provide a resolution to GWTW. Scarlett written in 1991 was rather dull and disappointing. Recently, Rhett Butler’s People, by David McCraig out in stores, provides another perspective. Both of these sequels were authorized despite Margaret Mitchell’s wishes. Another version bestselling, The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall is from the slave’s perspective. This book was allowed to be sold only after a court decision ruled in favor of the author.

Katherine Pinotti’s version fulfills an enormous void for those fans who wish to reclaim the magic of Tara. The Winds of Tara is an astounding success. It will captivate your attention and you will believe.

“God’s nightgown!”, as Scarlett would say.
It is such a waste to finally have a worthy sequel, and not be able to support the demand for anyone wanting to read the book in the US. If you loved Gone With the Wind, you must send for The Winds of Tara today.
WisteriaLeigh | 11 andra recensioner | Sep 7, 2008 |
I have tried reading this book on two separate occasions, but I am having trouble getting past the first chapter. As per my personal reading rules, I will wait a month or so before giving it a third (and final) try. I really loved Gone With the Wind and I loved Scarlett even better, so I hope I have better luck reading The Winds of Tara next time!
I really enjoyed Gone With the Wind and Scarlett so, when I heard about The Winds of Tara, I was quite keen to read it. Unfortunately, despite several attempts, I simply haven't been able to get into this book. It takes a special person to write a sequel to another author's book, particularly one as well known as Margaret Mitchell. I have not read any of Katherine Pinotti's work before now, but The Winds of Tara was a disappointment, seeming to lack the 'spark' one expects from a Scarlett O'Hara novel.
seldombites | 11 andra recensioner | Sep 6, 2008 |
Having never read 'Gone With The Wind', or seen the film, initially I found this book terribly confusing. It took me a very long time to get used to the style it was written in, and a thousand other things besides. This book was a complete culture shock for me, and I struggled to get through the first half.

Once I'd overcome these obstacles, however, I found that 'The Winds of Tara' was an enjoyable read, although not one I'd pick to relax with. You need to concentrate with this novel. I found it interesting and well written, and though the pace lagged here and there, it was never dull for long. My only complaint is that I found the signposting a bit too obvious.
mcgooglykins | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 31, 2008 |
I'm normally quite wary about reading sequels to classic books. They very rarely live up to the original and they sometimes even destroy the magic of the original story and characters. Having said that, I approached The Winds Of Tara with some degree of trepidation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Having read one of the authorised sequels, "Scarlett", which was one of the worst reading experiences of my life, I knew how much could go wrong with attempting to continue the adventures of Scarlett O'Hara and her family. Unlike that dismal effort however, for the most part, Katherine Pinotti manages to maintain a similar style and tone to the original novel, and manages to create a workable and believeable plot.

Despite containing a few weak points and minor holes, the strength of this sequel lies in the plotting. While simpler and narrower in scope than the original, the story is quite strong and manages to link the various characters from Gone With The Wind effectively. The story picks up just after the end of Gone With The Wind. Scarlett returns to Tara alone to pick up the pieces of her life. While she attempts to make amends for the trouble she has caused to family and friends, she discovers a shocking secret which could destroy all their lives. For once in her life, Scarlett does the noble, self-sacrificing thing and puts her marriage and reputation on the line to save Tara and her family. As the secret threatens to be revealed, Scarlett becomes increasingly desperate and dangerous in her attempts to hide the truth.

The Winds of Tara lacks the epic sweep and narrative tension of Gone With The Wind, mainly because Scarlett's trials and tribulations seem more petty than they did with the background of the Civil War to offset Scarlett's melodramatic tendencies. Some of the scenes and situations feel a trifle forced and, as you can expect from sequels written by later authors, the characterisation was not always faithful to the original. Some of the characters (particularly Scarlett and Rhett) sometimes felt more like caricatures than fully-realised people. Motivations often seemed negligible, and reactions often fit with the story but not the character who reacted.

Despite the criticisms above, I did enjoy reading this book. The story was interesting, the writing style engaging and the denouement (though predictable) was thoroughly entertaining. My biggest gripe with the book was actually to do with the editing and proof-reading. As far as I can tell, my review copy was a finished product, not an uncorrected proof copy. Despite this, there were frequent misspellings, multiple variations on the spelling of one word across two pages, and there were some sections and paragraphs which should have been cut altogether. This may be a legacy from the book's provenance as a self-published title, but the publishers who did pick this title up may need to reassess their editing/proofreading process.

Overall, if you enjoyed Gone With The Wind and other melodramatic romances of that era, you will probably enjoy The Winds of Tara. It won't blow you out of the water, but it is an interesting and egagning novel in its own right and manages to at least partly avoid many of the pitfalls which seem to plague sequels of classic novels.
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dreamlikecheese | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 26, 2008 |
This is best described as melodramatic-but-fun chick lit. it's a better sequel than the Official one, but lacks the historical detail that the original book had. Phrases and situations are lifted directly from the book and rehashed, and it could really have done with better editing - they missed a lot of end-quote marks when people were talking.

That all said, it was a fun and oddly compelling read: like a packet of snacks - not really substantial but you suddenly realise you've finished it all in a sitting. Recommended as a stress reliever.½
kaffles | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 12, 2008 |
In 2002, the copyright holders blocked distribution of this unauthorised sequel published in the U.S, alleging copyright infringement. The book was immediately removed from bookstores by publisher Xlibris. The book sold in excess of 2,000 copies within 2 weeks before being removed. In 2008, Australian publisher Fontaine Press re-published "The Winds of Tara" exclusively for their domestic market, avoiding U.S. copyright restrictions.

This book is clearly written from the perspective of a great fan of 'Gone With The Wind'. However, I found the characters to be different from how they were in both the original novel and the film. Scarlett's complete turnaround in personality could perhaps lead to disbelief in the reader.

Overall, this story deviates somewhat from what could have been percieved to be the themes and storyline of the original novel. However, for fans of 'Gone With The Wind' this book will happily answer some of your questions about what happened to Rhett and Scarlett. For others, they may find this novel a bit too much!
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TheCraftyLibrarian | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 11, 2008 |
Scarlett O’Hara is one of fiction’s best-loved heroines, albeit a flawed one. She’s beautiful, feisty, selfish, vain, ambitious, savvy, ruthless and, above all, a survivor; Scarlett is everything a proper Southern lady, as exemplified by Melanie Wilkes, isn’t. And so we know that - even as her world comes crashing down around her ears at the end of 'Gone With The Wind' - Scarlett will, somehow, get through this setback and prosper. No wonder we have all fantasized about what happens after the curtains close on Scarlett declaring that "After all, tomorrow is another day!"

'The Winds of Tara' bravely attempts to satisfy our curiosity about what happens to Scarlett and Rhett; a daunting task when our dreams are so romantic and our expectations so high. Even more daunting is the Mitchell estate, which successfully banned Katherine Pinotti’s unauthorised sequel from the US and other major markets. Somehow or other, a new edition has been published in Australia which apparently cleverly bypasses the ban.

Scarlett’s separation from Rhett and the death of her staunch supporter, Melanie, has caused her to look at herself and her life in a new light. Returning to Tara to take comfort and regroup, Scarlett finds nothing is as she expects it to be; Suellen has grown a backbone, Jonas Wilkerson (the former overseer) believes he owns part of Tara and Careen has fled to the convent suffering from a mysterious illness and a broken romance with a Yankee. Scarlett resolves to fix all of that, repair her strained relationship with her children and get Rhett back to boot - and the first step is to find out what is going on with Careen. What she discovers at the convent sends Scarlett to England and back in a bid to save her family from a serious scandal.

Clearly, Ms Pinotti wants to provide Scarlett with the means for character growth and development, however the magnitude of the change we see, even in the first few pages, is somewhat unbelievable. In a few short months, apparently, Scarlett transforms into a caring, selfless person whose stubbornness is probably her only remaining fault (but, ah ha! that’s really a virtue, too). Careen’s predicament, which serves as part of the fuel for Scarlett’s change, is too convenient, a mere plot device. Similarly, the threat of divorce seems too modern and too simple; surely Rhett and Scarlett would simply agree to a genteel separation rather than brave further scandal with divorce, regardless of how maverick they both are. And, really, the ultimate fate of their relationship is never in doubt.

Although 'The Winds of Tara' is not, in my opinion, entirely successful in its approach to Margaret Mitchell’s characters and narrative, I am certain that 'Gone With The Wind' fans will enjoy the book. Despite its faults, this book fills in the gaps between tragedy to the happily ever after we all want for Scarlett.½
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veracity | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 1, 2008 |
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