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Have there been any great novels out there that compare to "Gone With The Wind'?

  1. backporchstories profile image80
    backporchstoriesposted 5 years ago

    Have there been any great novels out there that compare to "Gone With The Wind'?

    Gone With The Wind has been both an epic book and movie.  Since then it seems like all sagas after this one,  have tried to master this great story.  Do you know of any great novels that can top "Gone With The Wind?"

  2. Christopher Dapo profile image78
    Christopher Dapoposted 5 years ago

    Not so much "top" it, but in the same ballpark, there's "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck, who's motion picture has been etched in time forever for it's leading actor, James Dean.

    - S. and Chris

    1. backporchstories profile image80
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes...forgot about that one!

  3. Twilight Lawns profile image82
    Twilight Lawnsposted 5 years ago

    I agree with Christopher Dapo concerning Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'.  It's a magnificent book. 
    Also 'The Foxes of Harrow' by Frank Yerby would be up to that sort of standard.

    Both of them have been made into movies, and 'Gone with the Wind' manages to get a lot of the story together, but both the filmed versions of the other two only scratch the surface, although the James dean version of the Steinbeck is stunningly true to the short section that it deals with.

  4. cam8510 profile image96
    cam8510posted 5 years ago

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.  Best Novel I have ever read.

    1. backporchstories profile image80
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What is this novel about?

    2. cascoly profile image60
      cascolyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      i agree - i was traveling in the Czechoslovakia when reading this, and we visited the St Vitus cathedral in Prague, which really brought to life his descriptions of the massive project that the book describes

    3. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      13th century cathedral builder named Tom and his family.  It is an epoch and a monumental work.  The sequel, World Without End is good, but not like the first book.  I highly recommend it.  I read it in 1990 before Oprah found it around 2008.

    4. backporchstories profile image80
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That does sound very interesting.  I will look that one up!

  5. cascoly profile image60
    cascolyposted 5 years ago

    actually, GWTW rates pretty low on my list of recommended books -  it's  simplistic and distorts history  [see my various hubs for lots more history - both fiction and non-]  it's  simplistic and distorts a lot of history

    but for the civil war alone there's:

    Killer Angels and its sequels
    Lincoln [william safire]
    Lincoln [Gore Vidal]
    Unto This Hour [2nd Manassas - Tom Wicker, one of best descriptions for reality of civil war battle]
    Kindred - Olivia Butler - a time travel fantasy about slavery

    other books that outperform GWTW in scope and breadth:
    Charterhouse of Parma - Stendahl
    Les Miserables
    War & Peace
    Middlesex - Jeff Eugenides
    Mafoud's Cairo trilogy
    Salmon Rushdie's Children of Midnight, Shalimar the Clown
    A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth


    other superb historical fiction:
    Colleen McCullough Rome series
    Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle
    Kenneth Roberts - Northwest passage, Arundel, etc about Revolutionary War
    Dorothy Dunnett - both Nicolo and Lymond series

    1. cam8510 profile image96
      cam8510posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Great suggestions, thanks

    2. backporchstories profile image80
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Kuddos!

    3. cascoly profile image60
      cascolyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      thanks!

  6. jolinabetts profile image81
    jolinabettsposted 5 years ago

    Gosh, i don't know! Gone with the Wind is the best book i've ever read, i have read it 30 times, no exaggeration there.

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    Larry Wallposted 5 years ago

    In my personal opinion there are two really great novels. Coming in Second is the Grapes of Wrath, which tells the story of survival during the dark days of the depression.

    The absolutely greatest novel is Too Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The story is magnificent. You understand the characters and you see the ugly face of prejudice and the efforts of one man to overcome it. The only problem with the book is that it was Harper Lee's first novel. I do not think she ever wrote another. Had To Kill A Mockingbird not been so good, we may had enjoyed other novels by this very talented woman.

  8. kj force profile image74
    kj forceposted 5 years ago

    "Dr. Zhivago"....Julie Christe and Omar Zariff....Book was great, movie far surpassed the book....most other books I have read..the movies made, some even change up the story are horrendous !!!!!

    1. backporchstories profile image80
      backporchstoriesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Loved the movie, but never read the book!

  9. Pauladance.co.uk profile image60
    Pauladance.co.ukposted 5 years ago

    Not a Romance so possibly does not qualify.  But some years ago I stayed awake all night in order to finish reading BEN HUR.  If you are looking for a 'can't put down', try that!  Still the one and only time that has happened to me! 
    But I did rate GWTW as the best novel ever written!  In fact I was so enthralled I started to write a sequel but due to lack of time eventually decided to leave them to it!

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    oceansiderposted 5 years ago

    I think that Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is one of the greatest novels ever written....of course that is my opinion. (and all of her novels are amazing as well).
    Also, Nicholas Sparks has written wonderful novels like one of my favorites "Message in a Bottle", also "A Walk to Remember".  Also, "Trinity" by Leon Uris is a powerful novel....it's also one of the best to me.

 
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