Gone with the Wind (Mass Market) - Margaret Mitchell
"After all... tomorrow is another day." - Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind (1939 film)

reading Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind was an amazing experience for me.
sweeping, epic, monumental, ambitious, stunning, well-written and unforgettable are just a few words i can think of to praise this 1937 Pulitzer Prize winner. i cannot fully explain how much i was affected by this incredible novel that touched on one of the darkest periods in U.S. history - the American Civil War and how it changed the lives of the men, women and children caught in it.
the characters alone are so memorable in their respective ways especially Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler and Melanie Hamilton Wilkes. among the three, it is Melanie i love best. despite being blind to Scarlett's deceiving and scheming ways, Melanie remained a loyal friend. she was also a good wife, sister and neighbor. she was not perfect but her courage, sacrifices and unconditional love endeared her to everyone.
unfortunately, i could not say the same for Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler. so far, i have never encountered a character like her. she may have left a mark in the pages of literary history but she makes Anna Karenina look so naive and innocent.
in retrospect, i am really glad i finally got the chance to read this historical saga and i would not mind going through my paperback copy's one thousand plus pages all over again just for the sheer pleasure of it!