I loved Gone With The Wind.....

(29 Posts)
lovelybunchofcoconuts Tue 18-Feb-14 17:46:16

It's half term and I'm in bed with a bug.
Can anyone recommend a similar epic book to Gone With The Wind?
I've read The Thorn Birds and I liked that too.
Please can anyone recommend a similar Epic? Or a series?

Thanks.

nutcasenan Tue 04-Mar-14 00:39:48

Everything after GWTW is bound to be a compromise but for a real page turning saga I would recommend Fall of a Giants by Ken Follet. It's the first of a trilogy. I read the second Winter of the World as soon as I had finished Fall of a Giants. Edge of Eternity should be out soon. Don't give your GWTW away. Keep it for ever. Don't lend it either.

nutcasenan Tue 04-Mar-14 00:38:59

Everything after GWTW is bound to be a compromise but for a real page turning saga I would recommend Fall of a Giants by Ken Follet. It's the first of a trilogy. I read the second Winter of the World as soon as I had finished Fall of a Giants. Edge of Eternity should be out soon. Don't give your GWTW away. Keep it for ever. Don't lend it either.

The Far Pavilions is excellent, slightly of its time but a good evocative read nonetheless.

janesnowdon1 Thu 27-Feb-14 11:06:42

Scarlett always reminds me of Becky Sharpe so I think Vanity Fair would be a good follow on read. Susan Howatch also wrote some great family sagas such as Cashelmara and The Wgeel of Fortune.

MonstersBalls Wed 26-Feb-14 18:54:02

Have you read Wild Swans?

I really enjoyed it.

Cthulu Wed 26-Feb-14 18:50:58

ooh, Clan of the Cave Bear!

I do like aspects of GWTW, but..but...it's soooo racist. I can't get past the idea that the Klu Klux Klan are the Good Guys.

SaltyGoodness Wed 26-Feb-14 17:08:06

I loved the same books as you OP.... I think you'd love the Clan of the Cave Bear series.

A Fine Balance is STILL sitting unread on my shelf after so many years... really must get round to it one of these days.

Love Gone With the Wind and think The Mists of Avalon is ALMOST as good.

FuckyNell Fri 21-Feb-14 18:26:32
mmack Fri 21-Feb-14 18:24:00

Yourlittlesecret, I just looked up The Far Pavillions on Amazon and it looks amazing. It will be on my summer holiday list for sure.

SnookyPooky Greece Fri 21-Feb-14 18:17:41

GWTW is my absolute favourite book and film ever.
Also loved the Thorn Birds and Forever Amber.
Can recommend the Wideacre series by Phillipa Gregory.

Oh Gone with the Wind takes me back. I read it in my teens 100 years ago.
Around the same time a similarly epic and exotic love story set in India was The Far Pavillions by MM Kaye.
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iseenodust Fri 21-Feb-14 11:42:05

Agree Poldark & Delderfield. For American again what about The Grapes of Wrath?

Mouse1234 Fri 21-Feb-14 11:37:53

The sequel to gone with the Wind, by Alexander Ripley is also very good, if that's any use?

petal2008 Fri 21-Feb-14 10:49:25

Ooh yes Forever Amber! Read that about 30 odd years ago, I was gripped. Think I might read again now after being reminded.

Molivan Thu 20-Feb-14 19:56:07

Gone With The Wind is my favourite book, I've read it three times and was just thinking the other day it's about time I read it again. If you like that sort of rambling epic, I would recommend A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I bought it and then picked it up and put it down a number of times before I took it on holiday and "forced" myself to read it. I absolutely loved it and, actually, think it's about time I read that again, too.

lovelybunchofcoconuts Thu 20-Feb-14 15:45:28

Thank you, I will have a look at that one too smile

DuchessofMalfi Wed 19-Feb-14 18:15:48

Have you read any R F Delderfield? I've read a few, and particularly enjoyed To Serve Them All My Days - it's a long novel, but he did write series as well, such as A Horseman Riding By.

MsAmerica Wed 19-Feb-14 01:31:01

I'm not sure I'd call "A Town Like Alice" an epic, and it's certainly not as vivid as GWTW.

How about something like Shogun, set in 17th century Japan?

mmack Tue 18-Feb-14 21:56:42

Gone With the Wind is my all-time favourite and I liked The Thorn Birds too. Have you read East of Eden or A Town Like Alice? Both epics with war and romance.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 18-Feb-14 18:52:50

Penny Vincenzi sagas are generally good. I would start with 'Windfall'.

lovelybunchofcoconuts Tue 18-Feb-14 18:48:24

You lot are brilliant!
Thank you smile

I'll give them a look.

Please keep any suggestions coming.

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Tue 18-Feb-14 18:14:28

Forever Amber - a lovely long historical indulgent read.

bruffin England Tue 18-Feb-14 18:10:39
Catsmamma Tue 18-Feb-14 18:00:49

The Poldark series by Winston Graham (I think) ....there's about five or six books all together I think

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