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The Wind Done Gone: The Unauthorized Parody | [Alice Randall]

The Wind Done Gone: The Unauthorized Parody

In an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings.
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Publisher's Summary

In an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings. And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy, beautiful and brown, gets to tell her story.

Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away. Alluding to events in Mitchell's novel but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, The Wind Done Gone is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable of not only receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A book that gives voice to those history has silenced, The Wind Done Gone is an elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come.

©2001 Alice Randall; (P)2001 Houghton Mifflin Company

What the Critics Say

"A spirited reimagination of Mitchell's world, dependent on its predecessor for its context but independent in form and voice." (Publishers Weekly)
"Well-written historical fiction." (Library Journal)

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    Jennifer Dallas, TX, United States 03-04-10
    Jennifer Dallas, TX, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Ok Book"

    Early on in this book I was thinking it was a 4 star book, not great, but entertaining. I liked the idea of it, Gone With The Wind through the eyes of a slave with O'Hara blood. But the narrator wore on me, I didn't mind her at first, but she was just so depressed sounding through all of it, no matter the circumstance. And I couldn't connect the Mammy she described in there with the one from GWTW. Possible if the book had been much much longer it would have been better, there would have been time for charactor building, and deeper storytelling. Possible that might not have helped either as 3 hours into the story I was simply tired of it and bumped it down to a 2 or 3 star book. It wasn't horrible, if I had cared more or even had a clear mental picture (more than just physical) of the charactors I might have liked it more. Also took a little bit to figure out who was who in the book. Mammy was Mammy, Rhett was R, Scarlett was Other, Gerald was Planter, Ellen was Lady, etc. If one likes short books they might like this one. Oh yeah, and they don't mean funny when they say Parody, it is a serious book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Timberlake, NC, USA 11-13-04
    Laura Timberlake, NC, USA 11-13-04 Member Since 2000
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    "This is an AMAZING book"

    I hesitated to get this book because it said it was a "parody", so I thought it would just be a joke, a joke that might be funny for a few pages and then run thing. but instead this turned out to be one of the most beautiful and sad books I have read in an age. I cried twice while listening to it. then I listened to it again all the way through the next day.
    if you like this book, read The Known World also. it is availabe here at audible too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron St. Louis, MO, United States 05-05-07
    Aaron St. Louis, MO, United States 05-05-07
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    "Supposed Sensuality or Blunt Force Trauma"

    The book Gone with the Wind to me (aside from its many detractors) is the holy grail. I have read it many times. I am very loyal to it. I say this...because I was able to somewhat enjoy this book. Very creatively written with a feminist slant. We learn, with Ms. Randall's imagination, many things about the characters we have come to love we didn't know before. The book is very short and for the most part engaging. The book does suffer from the efforts of the reader. Ms. Randall is a HORRIBLE reader and sounds drugged (supposed sensuality?) or perhaps brought to the recording studio after surviving blunt force trauma. So I wish to slam the reader and not the book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dwayne San Francisco, CA, USA 04-17-05
    Dwayne San Francisco, CA, USA 04-17-05
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    "this author is not a skilled narrator"

    i'm having difficulty listening to this book simply because the narration (by the author) is monotonous and uninspired

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Washington, DC, USA 01-14-05
    Jodie Washington, DC, USA 01-14-05
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    "An awful parody."

    A gifted writer would have been able to do this story justice. This is an awful (and embarassing) attempt to tell another perspective of the classic tale.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-20-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Don't even think about listening to this"

    The Wind Done Gone is, according to the cover, a parody of the great Gone with the Wind. I don't mind parodies of classics; they can often be respectful and even enhance the original work. This book, however, falls far short of all conceivable expectations and should be avoided at all costs. The "additional" stories added to GWTW, such as Scarlett's half sister who Rhett marries, who Tara is left to, etc., are just bizarre and poorly written.

    When I read negative reviews for the book I thought maybe the reviewers were overly critical, feeling one shouldn't alter GWTW. I was wrong with that assumption, and the reviewers were right. This book was just no good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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