Reading With Amy: An Informal Read-A-Long of Gone With The Wind & The Wind Done Gone

The Wind Done Gone

The Wind Done GoneAmy had tweeted about wanting to read Gone With The Wind, a book that I haven’t read since probably high school, and I was thinking that it might be interesting to also read The Wind Done Gone.

The Wind Done Gone was the subject of much controversy when it first came out because Margaret Mitchell’s estate sued author Alice Randall, and her publisher Houghton Mifflin when it deemed the book too closely resembled Gone With The Wind and infringed upon its copyright.  The case was dropped when the publisher made a contribution in an undisclosed amount to Morehouse College, a historically African-American College.

The Wind Done Gone is the story of Scarlett’s black and slave half-sister, Cyanara,  who is also involved with Scarlett’s husband, Captain Rhett Butler, and brings to light some of the issues that were *ahem* glossed over in Gone With The Wind.

Amy has proposed this reading schedule, and I will struggle valiantly to keep up.  I have to redeem myself after only managing to read 6 pages for the East of Eden read-a-long.

March 7: Chapters 1-9
March 14: Chapters 10-18
March 21: Chapters 19-27
March 28: Chapters 28-36
April 4: Chapters 37-45
April 11: Chapters 46-54
April 18: Chapters 54-63
April 25: The Wind Done Gone

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We’ll be posting our thoughts on the above dates so please visit us in the comments or write your own posts if you have thoughts that you’d like to share.

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  1. I’ve never read Gone with the Wind, though the movie is one of my all-time faves. This is a great read-a-long! I don’t think I’ll have a chance to join since this is smack in the middle of baby time, but I’m envious of those of you who can join!

  2. Nicole, you're one of the busiest women I know! 🙂 I remember hearing about The Wind Done Gone when it came out, but don't know much about it. The plot sounds really interesting, though. I've never read Mitchell's classic, though I've seen the movie a few times… it's just so "classic," it feels like one of those things that can't be missed. I'll look forward to checking out what you and Amy have to say!

  3. Sounds interesting…I've never heard of this one. I'd like to see something that plays off Gone With the Wind.

    1. I have to say that I am looking forward to reading the both of them so close together, so that I can really have a basis of comparison for how each woman viewed the lifestyle.
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  4. Gone with the Wind was my first "Adult" novel and will forever hold a special place in my heart. I've read "Scarlett" but I've never read 'The Wind done Gone'. Not sure it sounds up my alley but I am totally interested to see what you think of it!

    1. Did you like Scarlett? I thought it was awful, but strangely I enjoyed the equally bad tv movie of Scarlett. Go figure.
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  5. I also have not read either novel. I picked up Gone With the Wind today at the bookstore so I'd better get off the computer and crack a spine or two! Can't wait for the posts!

  6. I'd never even heard of The Wind Done Gone. And I've never read Gone w/ the Wind. Or seen the movie. I have watched the Carol Burnett spoof, though. Close enough, right? 😉

    1. I think that's close enough. I have never seen the spoof. Might have to journey on over to youtube.
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  7. Have fun! I liked the book GWTW better than the movie is a lot of ways. I haven't yet read The Wind Done Gone.
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