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March Madness: Gone with the Wind

gonewindFor those of you who expressed in interest in reading long epic novels together, I have decided to begin Gone with the Wind on Monday, March 2. For your information, I’m reading the 1st Scribner trade paperback from 2007. Having known practically nothing about the plot of the book, except for a vague sense that it’s a love story written against the anti-war backdrop, and that I have never seen the movie, Gone with the Wind, at 960 pages, will be a first-hand and purely literary experience for me, untainted by motion picture.

In about a week, I will finalize the “syllabus,” or the reading schedule,  for the novel, which will most likely be divided into four weeks worth of reading, about 240 pages a week. On every Friday, I’ll post my thoughts, reflections, and favorite passages in a reading update post. I encourage all of you to comment and share your thoughts on the book. Does that sound like a reasonable plan? Let me know what your thoughts are, suggestions are welcome. Meanwhile I have to get back to the epilogue of Crime and Punishment, which I will teach next in my Russian literature course.

Does anyone know how to create a button? I would like to have one made for this, whadyacallit, “Chunskter Read Along”?

17 Responses

  1. WOW – this sounds absolutely wonderful! I read this novel for a book report when I was a junior in high school, but that was decades ago. I have never seen the movie and would love to re-read with you and hear your insights.

    I am so swamped with my own teaching schedule that I am not sure that I can commit, but I will definitely give this some serious thought.

    I look forward to reading the syllabus and deciding at that time if I can truly participate.

  2. Count me in. I don’t think Gone with the Wind is very difficult to read despite the daunting size. My mother read the book when she was in grade school. It will be fun to read together!

  3. This is a really good idea. I read Gone With the Wind about 10 years ago and loved it at the time, though I can’t remember much about the book now. I do have a lot of reading commitments coming up in the next couple of months, but this is something I’ll definitely consider.

  4. Firstly, I love your new header image! Makes me want to buy a Moleskine book and take notes, but they’re a bit too pricey for me. I write my notes on creased sheets of scrap paper and lecture pads, hahah!

    It’s great that your experience hasn’t been tainted by the movie. I watched the movie first, b/c my grandmother was always watching it when I was younger. I only found out there was a book years later.
    I have a question about the time limit – is there one? Do we just have to start in March, and finish whenever, or by the end of the month? Thanks 🙂

  5. p.s. your handwriting is really nice

  6. I’ll have to follow your progress. This is a book I’ve never read and I have only seen parts of the movie. I’ve never really been overly interested in reading about the Civil war, but I’m curious how your group will get on with this. Isn’t this one of the most widely translated books–or something to that effect.

  7. I haven’t read the book but I watched the movie with my mum for a few times. It’s always good from beginning to the end everytime I watch it. Didn’t know what Scarlett was thinking though when I was little….Thanks for asking about my bunny. The bunny you see on my blogspot icon is beibei, my 1st bunny that passed away at Nov 2007. She was 4. My current bunny is Sweeney (aka Hung Hung), adopted from the HK Rabbit Soc. He turns 5 this year 😀
    Happy New Year!

  8. You may have figured this out about me, but I am quite technically challenged. I give myself points for always trying, but I tend to mess things up when I do that!

    OK, that gives me a month to get my act together. I have to finish the book I’m reading now, and I have an interlibrary loan that is waiting to be picked up at the library. I will do my best to start as close to March 2nd as possible. I am quite looking forward to this!

  9. This sounds like a great idea, but I doubt I’ll join in because I’ve read the book a couple of times now and have a lot on my plate.

    But I will make a button for you. If you can find an in-the-public-domain image you like, I can add the words. I’m not up to designing a button from scratch. For that, you’ll have to find someone else.

  10. loved Gone With the Wind and will certainly read it again with you!!!

  11. I guess I’ll play the curmudgeon this time round. I’ve tried the book a couple of times and never been able to stomach it for more than a chapter or two. It’s also high on my list of least favorite movies that nearly every one else seems to love. Not my cup of tea. Sigh. I know, I know…my loss.

  12. You know that I’m in on this one. I have the same copy of the book. I bought it when it came out because I loved the cover, but I haven’t actually read from it yet. I’ll be able to completely follow along with you this way. March is going to be fun!

  13. I will try to join! I need to read it.

  14. Sounds like a fun idea. I’m a little amazed that you’ve never seen the movie, but I love the book. I’ve read it twice.. I might take it out and read bits of it here and there.

  15. I’ve never read it yet, but it was on my list for this year. I also haven’t even seen the movie. I think I will move it to next month! I’m glad I will have a group to read it with.

  16. Okay I’ll post an update on details. I have to get myself a copy before March! 🙂

  17. […] will be reading Gone With the Wind again next month along with Matt from A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook.  Why don’t you join […]

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