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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Randall Narrator: Alice Randall Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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In an inspired act of literary invention, Alice Randall explodes the world created in Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel, the work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Imagine simply that the black characters peopling that world were completely different, not egregious, one-dimensional stereotypes but fully alive, complex human beings. And then imagine, quite plausibly, that at the center of this world moves an illegitimate mulatto woman, and that this woman, Cynara, Cinnamon, or Cindy, beautiful and brown, gets to tell her story.

Cindy is born into a world in which she is unacknowledged by her plantation-owning father and passed over by her mother in favor of her white charges. Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta to take up with a prominent white businessman, only to leave him for an aspiring politician of her own color. Moving from the Deep South to the exhilarating freedom of Reconstruction Washington, with its thriving black citizenry, Cindy experiences firsthand the promise of the new era at its dizzying peak, just before it begins to slip away. Alluding to events in Mitchell's novel but ingeniously and ironically transforming them, The Wind Done Gone is an exquisitely written, emotionally complex story of a strong, resourceful black woman breaking away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into her own, a person capable of not only receiving but giving love, as daughter, lover, and mother. A book that gives voice to those history has silenced, The Wind Done Gone is an elegant literary achievement of significant political force and a novel whose time has finally come. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 2/19/2014

    " This book was not really what I expected so I'm not sure if that is why I only thought it was ok or if it is because the book stinks. I am a huge GWTW fan and really thought this would be interesting. It barely touched on any of the characters one would be familiar with as a GWTW fan. However, it did provide an interesting and dark twist on the O'Hara family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pumpkinbear | 1/23/2014

    " I probably needed to have all of my romantic ideologies about Gone with the Wind destroyed by this profounder truth, but it still hurt. Oh, Rhett, you're really not the sexy scalawag, are you? You're actually pretty pathetic, like all of us deep down, and your prejudices and sexism and immaturity and ignorance are just that many more things that women who love you will try to fix, then try to love anyway, then try to tolerate. And then they'll leave to try it again with some other man, and you'll find someone else that you think you can fix or who thinks they can fix you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mardell | 1/16/2014

    " Good read especially if you have read Gone With the Wind, Scarlett and Rhett's people. This book is much shorter, but contains good detail. Most of the story takes place after the war, during the Reconstruction and towards the end of the Reconstruction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Anderson | 1/13/2014

    " I don't like what the author did to Scarlett, but it's interesting to see a different perspective to a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenna | 1/3/2014

    " After finishing Gone with the Wind, I figured that a nice companion piece would be to read this book as it was written from a Tara slave's perspective, specifically that of Scarlett's half-sister, Cynara (daughter of Mammy and Mr. O'Hara). As this was an unauthorized book, names of people and places have been changed, but you know exactly who they are by the descriptions or the pseudonyms. I really wanted to like this book, but I was quite disappointed. I was hoping that it would recount the events from GWTW from Cynara's POV, but instead it picks up where GWTW leaves off and goes on from there. Also, the writing style was quite jumpy and I just didn't like it. I understand that it's supposed to be from the text of a diary, but I felt that GWTW did a much better job showing what was in a character's mind, and in a more subtle way. There were certain moments that really shined (I did enjoy a series of letters written by Scarlett's mother, called "Lady" in this story, and the revelation that went with it), but other parts just really seemed to drag. If it wasn't for the fact that this book was short (a little more than 200 pages) and the fact that I try to never give up reading any book, I'm not sure I would have finished it. I just wasn't my cup of tea. Conceptually, it's a great idea for a book and I do appreciate it for that, but I just didn't like the actual execution of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Ryan | 12/29/2013

    " I liked this book just because it used the Gone with the Wind story, of course you cannot put in the same category as GWTW at all! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah Fowler | 12/28/2013

    " Really awful. A poorly conceived, badly written ridiculous excuse for a novel. I can't believe how much press it's gotten (which has led to its reputation as an important literary achievement). It's trash, pure and simple; and I do not recommend it in any way, shape or form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Ennis | 12/12/2013

    " Funny funny funny! Faithful to Mitchell, in its fashion. A refreshing chaser after Miss Margaret's praise of the Klan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 12/1/2013

    " Didn't quite live up to the hype. I guess it's more about concept than execution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/17/2013

    " What a sweet little read. If Margaret Mitchell is spinning in her grave, it's from jealousy. A much, much more satisfying wrap-up for all concerned than that idiotic "Scarlett". And yes, you do have to have read GWTW to enjoy this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katigie | 10/22/2013

    " I had such hopes for this! Great idea, premise of characters good, but...lousy book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 10/17/2013

    " Interesting take on Gone with the wind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeni | 10/9/2012

    " This book could have been done in SO MANY ways, the way the author chose was not appealing to me - diary form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenette Graham | 9/27/2012

    " I LOVE this book!! It's "Gone with the Wind" from the slave's perspective! I really like fiction based in the Antebellum South... Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre followed by memoirs/autobiographies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 X-ray Iris | 8/9/2012

    " Not perfect, but well-done nevertheless. Quite a few quote-worthy lines. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah McCall | 6/17/2012

    " It was painful to read. Luckily it was only 200 pages. Now, no more fun reading for me - the PMP exam awaits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tocotin | 1/2/2012

    " I was happy to see this book in the used books store, cause I'd wanted to read it for a long time, but liked it less that I'd expected. The concept was great, the execution not so much, although I did occasionally enjoy the writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 10/23/2011

    " Although it was a work fiction I thought this was a fine book. It gave me yet another impression of the struggles that people of color had to deal with after the emancipation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 8/16/2011

    " I wanted to like this, as I thought the premise was good. This book was pretty bad- and it personally irritated me that Cynara was supposed to be so much more attractive than Scarlett - COME ON! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 7/21/2011

    " I know GWTW purists will disagree, but I thought it was bold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/12/2011

    " It's the idea of the book, more that the book that I really liked. It's Gone With the Wind told by one of Scarlett's slaves. Cynara is the daughter of Scarlett's father and Mammy. Very interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debdanz | 4/9/2011

    " This self-avowed parody of "Gone with the Wind" started off strong and then turned into a treatise on race post-Civil War. I really enjoyed the 1st half, the 2nd half not so much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/3/2011

    " It felt like poorly done fanfic-- which is what it is. the writing style changes an annoying amount for something that's supposed to be someone's diary, and the recharecterization of Gone With the Wind players is just OOC in a really dissatisfying way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilya | 12/24/2010

    " Gone with the Wind from the point of view of Scarlett O'Hara's illegitimate mulatto half-sister, a mistress of Rhett Butler. You need to be more familiar with the original novel than I am to appreciate this one; it is like reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead without having read Hamlet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 11/28/2010

    " I can't see at the characters in GWTW the same way I used to after reading this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 11/28/2010

    " I did like it. It is post-GWTW from the emancipates slave's point of view. Not bad! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katigie | 11/27/2010

    " I had such hopes for this! Great idea, premise of characters good, but...lousy book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 9/17/2010

    " Interesting take on Gone with the wind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 9/16/2010

    " I hated this book. I read the first 40ish pages and never wanted to stop reading more. Didn't finish it. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Randall

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.