Thursday, September 10, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday asks "Whats the most informative book you read recently"
For me that would have to be Gone with the Wind. Despite Gone with the Wind being a love story about Scarlet and Rhett I also felt Margaret Mitchell was writing a love story about a lost South as well. Being from NJ and thus living in the north I never really gave much thought to what people meant when they talk about Southern culture and while I heard of Southern charm and civility it never occurred to me where those things came from. Gone with the Wind opened my eyes to this lost culture of gentleman and gallantry. It was also informative in its description of the Civil War and the ravages the people of the south felt during and after the war. It made me understand the life and culture these people were fighting to save even if I whole heartily abhor the idea of slavery. I also surprisingly learned a bit about the Klu Klux Klan and while I despise them as well I understand a little about what their driving force was when they started though it still can not excuse the atrocities they commit. All in all I felt for someone like me who has little to no knowledge about the South this was an inside glimpse at the culture and lifestyle of a people and how even today you can see vestiges of these old customs alive today in Southern charm and hospitality.


  1. GWTW has been on my 'must read' list forever! I really need to get to it soon...

  2. You've made me want to put this one on my TBR list! Probably should have been on last weeks 'recent big' BTT too though!