Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader.  It’s really simple:  Share the first sentence of the book you are currently reading and what it means to you.

My beginning this week is from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell:

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.

This sentence sets Scarlett as the center of attention and gives a sense that she knows how to use that charm to her advantage.

I am pretty sure I read GWTW before, but it was as a teenager and I think I just read it to say that I did, not absorbing the words and story properly.  However, when I’m at Booktopia in Oxford, Mississippi, in two weeks I will be attending a session with Ellen F. Brown, the author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind:  A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood, and I thought a proper reading of the book that started it all was in order.

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6 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday

  1. Thanks for reminding me I still have to read GWTW! It’s such a classic that I really should! Hop on over if you have the time:
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/i-have-friday-on-my-mind.html
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. I so loved Gone with the Wind when I read it two or three times as a teen…I always pictured Scarlett as gorgeous, despite that beginning. When I saw the movie, though, I didn’t like Vivien Leigh as Scarlett.

    I recently bought GWTW and will be rereading it.

    Thanks for sharing…enjoy your read. Here’s MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  3. Chris says:

    This one’s on my list to read at some point. Great opening line!

    Here’s my Book Beginnings.

  4. jonesjar says:

    I have read Gone With the Wind several times. It is new everytime. Here is my post: Book Beginnings

  5. J.G. says:

    I bet you will enjoy the talk even more with the book fresh in your mind. Good thinking about a really good book!

  6. rosecityreader says:

    That is a great beginning of one of my all-time favorite books.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

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