Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and best-selling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler's People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature's greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.
"Her story began with a miracle." On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor - an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.
What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth's life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange's daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O'Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O'Hara - the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time.
Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.
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The beginning was slow and at times hard to follow. The first part of the book, was told from Scarlett o hara grandma solange's pov. A bit boring until ruth or Mammy get old enough to tell her story. There was also a lot of death, wives dying and children dying and heartbreak galore.
I personal liked Rhett's story better but that was because I knew the chracters.
I think she did well, crossing the many different chracter that were in the book.the evolution of Miss Katie into Scarlett seemed disjointed in the scheme of things. From GWTW I gathered Scarlett didn't like horses touch and this book has her jumping and out racing Beatrice Tarlelton.
I don't know if I would read it if I wasn't a GWTW fan.
The most interesting part was when Ruth was in Charleston. I won't give away the spoilers but it broke my heart when she was on the auction block.
I all most didn't get this as I had read a review that said it was "Horrible" which it is far from. If you are a fan of the book "Gone With The Wind" You love the characters in the story. Mammy being one of my favorite. It answers many questions about Mammy from the time she was 4 years old. Its the story of the south and of Slavery. That is, a "Horrible" part of American history. It chills our blood to even hear the 'N" word used. Get past that and you will enjoy reading Mammy's story.
This was not nearly as good as Rhett Butler's People. It felt really disjointed when the story changed over to first person in the last third of the book. I felt McCaig did not really capture the closeness that Mammy had with Ellen and Scarlet. She would have been their closest confidant. Also, while interesting, I found it strange that suddenly in the last third of the book she all of the sudden gains the ability to see the future.
Another pet peeve of mine was how the narrator pronounced Eulalie wrong. It has been pronounced several times in several places. I guess this was the first time she had ever been exposed to Gone With the Wind. Why didn't anyone correct her??
To me, the worst part of this book was the speech of Ruth, the main character. While the slaves of the south had a particular 'dialect' this character's speech was so bad it was unrecognizable as my dear "Mammy." Her English was so broken it made her sound stupid, which is just wrong. Also the story ended right in the middle of Mammy's life, which was a mercy considering I couldn't have stood to listen to much more of that terrible speech.
Just finished listening, story slow in the beginning. I'm not sure I felt Mammy here, but then we only knew the older version. May have liked it more if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it. Definitely did not care for the narrator.
This seems like 2 different books and the author did not commit to either. The book is more about Scarlett's family before Scarlett was born rather than Mammy.
The book is actually as dismissive of Mammy in this book as in Gone With the Wind although it tries not to be. I bought this book because I thought it would tell the story of GWTW from the slave perspective and perhaps shed a little light on a few things. While I like that it attempts to give Mammy a backstory, Mammy is still in the back of the story.
The reader has a good voice, but most times she is reading and not performing. It is not her fault that the story lags in places , but in many cases she comes off as flat .
If he had named this "Scarlett's people" and continued in that vein, I would have been satisfied. Since he made this Ruth's Journey He should have made it from her point of view.
For GWTW fans I would recommend buying a used copy of the book instead of getting the audio and then skipping to the interesting parts.
I have been fascinated with Gone With the Wind since I was a little girl. This book brought me such joy the entire time I listened to it, as Mammy, (Hattie McDaniel) has always been one of my favorite characters in the book and the movie! Her story is one of so much hardship, love, loss, and sometimes even humor! I believe Margaret Mitchell would be proud of this novel and how it stayed so true to the beautiful characters she created! I know that I will be listening to this book over and over just as I have Gone with the Wind! This was beautifully performed and I could not bring myself to pause it at many different times! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Gone with the Wind, or stories of "the old south" as I do!
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