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 book is a good companion piece to the author's Rhett Butler's People. I felt it played off that story better than it did its source material of Gone With the Wind. It brought in some characters from Rhett Butler's People and fleshed out their back stories. If you didn't read that book or didn't like it, I could see that this would be confusing or disappointing.
The performance was good when doing Mammy's dialect. However, the author didn't attempt to do any other accents. I especially noticed this during the Irish O'Haras' dialogue. It seemed lacking that she didn't attempt to do an Irish accent for these characters.
No, it was very slow in the beginning, during the set up to Solange's story. I had a hard time figuring out what was happening some of the time when they were in Haiti. I wanted to quit in the early parts but soldiered on because I wanted to learn more about Mammy. Once it got to Mammy and Ellen's story I felt that the pace picked up and it improved greatly.
I didn't enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Rhett Butler's People but I still think it is a worthwhile book and am glad Margaret Mitchell's Estate continues to authorize new material.
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!
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.
I loved McCaig's other book "Rhett Butler's People" and purchased this book based on it.
Too many characters and too much activity. Spent a lot of time re-winding to try and figure out what was going on where and with who
The deep 'french" accent was hard to follow. Will not be buying any books narrated by Cherise Boothe after listening to other samples.
unfortunately, almost all of it. Way to busy and hard to follow.
Very disappointing - wish it had been on the level of "Rhett Butler's People" that was closer to the time frame of GWTW and characters that were easy to "picture" and keep track of.
I will try other books by Donald but avoid those narrated by Cherise.
It was very tedious listening to her "read" the book.
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