Book Review: Rhett Butler's People

 Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig

Back cover:   "Rhett Butler's People is the long awaited novel based on 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 deminsions to this timeless story . Through the storytelling mastery of award winning writer Donald McCaig, the life and times of the enegmatic Rhett Butler undold.  Meet Rhett as a boy, a free spirit who loved the marshes and tidewaters of the Low country, and learn of the ruthlessness of his father, whose desire to control resulted in unspeakable tragedy. 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.

From Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Read with eloquence, charisma and a bit of spontaneity tossed in by John Bedford Lloyd, McCaig's interpretation of the classic Margaret Mitchell tale is the perfect platform for narration. Lloyd's reading is well paced, never rushing to cover the abundance of material in the lengthy text. With a cast as large as the sprawling settings and landscapes of the story, the opportunity for improvisation is abundant. Lloyd navigates through the personality stew with an expansive tonal pallet crammed with a variety of accents that range from distressed Southern belle to tough-nosed Confederate major, clearly evoking the grim melancholy and tainted triumph of the legendary tale. Channeling the rugged masculinity of Clark Gable when portraying Butler, Lloyd has fun with the story, creating a memorable experience for the listener. With a profusion of drama, action, romance and tragedy, Lloyd gets it right every time and never fails to convey the underlying tension throughout.
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Rating 4 Stars.  I loved this book

If you liked Gone with the Wind and ever wondered where Rhett came from, what scandal made his family throw him out?  What was the real relationship with Belle Watling, what ever happened to her son?

Did you ever wonder what happened before Rhett met Scarlett, What happened to Rhett while he was gone?  What happened after Rhett told Scarlett "Frankly my dear I don't give a d***"?

This book fills in the blanks.   
I would be listening and think, oh, that's why he did that or, Oh, that's what he was really thinking.

I enjoyed "seeing" more detail about how the Civil War affected people and their lives. I enjoyed seeing how/or if characters grew and matured.

This book really did fill in the blanks, it was almost like the second book in a series, if Margaret Mitchell had written a series.  The authors had similar styles.

It was much better than the "sequel" that came out a few years ago.  I can't remembe the title, but that one didn't "fit"  

There were times, while I was listening to Rhett Butler's People that I sat in the parking lot or driveway becasue "I can't stop now"
At the end of the book, I still wanted more.  I wanted to know What happens next to these old friends.