Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer Donald McCaig, the life and times of the enigmatic Rhett Butler unfolds. Meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and the tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of his father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable tragedy. Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped him in other ways: the overseer's daughter, Belle Watling; Rhett's brave and determined sister, Rosemary; Tunis Bonneau, the son of freed slaves and Rhett's childhood friend who understood him like no one else; and Jack Ravanel, whose name became inextricably linked to heartbreak.
And then, of course, there is Scarlett. Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit, more in love with him than she'll ever know.Rhett Butler's People, brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone with the Wind.
©2007 Stephens Mitchell Trusts; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
I enjoyed this book immensely; as a GWTW fan of forty years, I was glad to see everybody again.
That said, it is not Gone with the Wind, nor was it written by Margaret Mitchell. As long as you treat it as a reflection of the original, you will enjoy it immensely.
I bought this one two years ago and loved it. In an attempt to be frugal, I'm trying to re-listen to the books in my library. Some were good the first time, but a chore the second time through. Rhett Butler's People was so entertaining, it was like listening to it for the first time. Great, great book, even if your not familiar with Gone With The Wind.
OK, there are a few (ok, a lot) of places where it doesn't "toe the mark" as far as a GWTW afficianado would be concerned but it is a great story. I had no problem listening all the way through - great ending, too. Worth the listen...
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I enjoyed seeing Rhett's side of the story rather than having it all be about Scarlett (as was in "Gone With The Wind". It filled in some gaps as to who he really was. I also enjoyed the history lesson that played along side the story. I recommend this book!
THis is definitely one of those 'guilty pleasure' books. As a huge fan of "GWTW", it was easy to get into this book quickly and it definitely kept me listening. Even though it was INCREDIBLY predictable, it was like being 'home' again with the familiar characters I'd read in childhood. I enjoyed the other sequel "Scarlet" more, but this definitely kept me listening.
I've read other "retellings" of famous novels and enjoyed them all, but not this one. It is not at all true to the original story. I was looking for the same story told from Rhett's point of view, but instead it's a totally unfaithful retelling, introduces major characters that were never in the original and changes the stories of major characters that were. The narration isn't that great either.
I really didn't like this book. Of course, I read it anyway, and I imagine any Gone With the Wind fan will read it despite this review—what fan could resist? However, I was extremely disappointed.
It tells the story of Rhett from youth until a little after the ending of Gone With the Wind. It introduces new characters important to Rhett that were not in the original book, which is fine, and looks at the original characters from a different point of view, which is fine, but it just never came to life. Most of the events are related like a travelogue. The book may say that so-and-so is dashing, or so-and-so captivating, but you have to take its word for it, because the characters just don't make you feel it for yourself. Maybe some of that is the reader, whom I wasn’t terribly fond of either, but I there’s only so much you can do with a basically shallow story and uninteresting dialog.
As for the events themselves, they are not compelling. You get more details of the war, and lots of gruesome war casualties, and you get a whole lot more on Klan activities and the ugliness of the white supremacism-- both of which detract from the grandeur and romance of the original story without really giving you anything in return. The extrapolation of what happens after the ending of the original book is also unsatisfying. There is no believable account of how or why the surviving characters are suddenly able to overcome all their previous hang-ups and live happily ever after.
I realize this is a contentious statement, but I was much happier with "Scarlett". Of course, nothing can compare to the original story, but I thought "Scarlett" was much truer to the characters, and did a much better job of showing how those characters might have believably developed, matured, and come to a resolution of their conflicts.
Gone with the Wind it is not, but it is fitting that we be invited into Rhett Butler's world and his side of the story, as it were. Rhett Butler's People provides us with a better understanding of who Rhett was, his relationships with others, including Belle Wattling and the life he had,independently of Scarlett.
I am sure I am not the only one who, after reading Gone with the Wind, hoped that Rhett and Scarlett would settle their differences. What Donald McCaig did is not easy, but he did it skillfully since Mitchell's plot was often communicated indirectly in epistolary fashion. McCaig touched upon former events, but told his own story. In fact, he is often more acerbic than Mitchell ever was.
It is true that the characters could have been fleshed out a little more had we been allowed to share in their innermost thoughts and feelings, butI do believe McCaig aquitted himself quite well, if for no other reason than the fact that he was able to continue where Mitchell left off and bring Scarlett's and Rhett's story full circle. If you loved Gone with the Wind, Rhett Butler's People should not be overlooked.
This was extremely disappointing. It's just boring. The characters are one-dimensional, nothing ever really seems to happen. No comparison, in my book, to Gone With the Wind.
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