Rhett Butler's People

  • by Donald McCaig
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rhett Butler's People is the long-awaited novel that parallels the great American novel Gone with the Wind. Twelve years in the making, Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event for millions of Gone with the Wind readers, complementing and adding new dimensions to its timeless story. Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer Donald McCaig, the life and times of the enigmatic Rhett Butler unfolds. Meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and the tidewaters of the Low Country, and learn of the ruthlessness of his father, whose desire for control resulted in unspeakable tragedy. Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped him in other ways: the overseer's daughter, Belle Watling; Rhett's brave and determined sister, Rosemary; Tunis Bonneau, the son of freed slaves and Rhett's childhood friend who understood him like no one else; and Jack Ravanel, whose name became inextricably linked to heartbreak.And then, of course, there is Scarlett. Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit, more in love with him than she'll ever know.Rhett Butler's People, brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone with the Wind.

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I LOVED THIS BOOK

This is a great book! This story adds depth to the characters from Gone With The Wind. (and gives it a better ending.)
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- Shelly

Extremely Disappointing

I really didn't like this book. Of course, I read it anyway, and I imagine any Gone With the Wind fan will read it despite this review—what fan could resist? However, I was extremely disappointed.

It tells the story of Rhett from youth until a little after the ending of Gone With the Wind. It introduces new characters important to Rhett that were not in the original book, which is fine, and looks at the original characters from a different point of view, which is fine, but it just never came to life. Most of the events are related like a travelogue. The book may say that so-and-so is dashing, or so-and-so captivating, but you have to take its word for it, because the characters just don't make you feel it for yourself. Maybe some of that is the reader, whom I wasn’t terribly fond of either, but I there’s only so much you can do with a basically shallow story and uninteresting dialog.

As for the events themselves, they are not compelling. You get more details of the war, and lots of gruesome war casualties, and you get a whole lot more on Klan activities and the ugliness of the white supremacism-- both of which detract from the grandeur and romance of the original story without really giving you anything in return. The extrapolation of what happens after the ending of the original book is also unsatisfying. There is no believable account of how or why the surviving characters are suddenly able to overcome all their previous hang-ups and live happily ever after.

I realize this is a contentious statement, but I was much happier with "Scarlett". Of course, nothing can compare to the original story, but I thought "Scarlett" was much truer to the characters, and did a much better job of showing how those characters might have believably developed, matured, and come to a resolution of their conflicts.
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- Kristi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio