|Fully authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, this is the astonishing and long-awaited novel that parallels "Gone with the Wind." Through McCaigs storytelling mastery, the life and times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfold.|
I think the book was great. It received a bad review and I can't imagine why. It is so great to get the rest of the story from portions that were left unanswered in Gone with the Wind. If you liked Gone with the Wind, you will like this book.
Not the original but still a fun read...11/6/2007
When I received an advance copy of Rhett Butler's People a sequel to my all time favorite novel Gone With the wind, I began reading it with trepidation. I still have not forgotten the murderous job of a sequel Alexandria Ripley did with Scarlett, (Scarlett selling off Tara and moving to Ireland—no way!) Some things are beset left alone. My curiosity got the better of me however and I cracked open the book and was soon drawn in to the world of Rhett Butler. Does this book stand up to the original? Not even close, however, I still found it a fun read. It covers Rehtt’s life the early 1840's through the mid 1870's. This book at times gives a less romanticized view of the old south then was portrayed in gone with the wind, which is good. Since this is the story of Rhett the reader sees things through his eyes, and since he had the opportunity to ramble and do business over much of the old south a more compete vision of the time period is displayed. It was alos fun to get a look into Rhett’s early life and read about his strained family relationships. The heart of the story of course is his one great love, Scarlett. Fun read for fans of the original, just don’t expect quite the same magic. For another great fiction read I have to recommend Across the high lonesome, picked it up after hearing praise from Larry McMurtry and he was right!