The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by             Alice Randall                           Wind Done Gone ReviewIn this daring and...
allows her to make visible a subject suspiciously missing from Mitchellsnovel--the offspring of sexual relations between B...
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  1. 1. The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by Alice Randall Wind Done Gone ReviewIn this daring and provocative literary parody which has captured theinterest and imagination of a nation, Alice Randall explodes the worldcreated in GONE WITH THE WIND, a work that more than any other hasdefined our image of the antebellum South. Taking sharp aim at theromanticized, whitewashed mythology perpetrated by this southern classic,Randall has ingeniously conceived a multilayered, emotionally complextale of her own - that of Cynara, the mulatto half-sister, who, beautiful andbrown and born into slavery, manages to break away from the damagingworld of the Old South to emerge into full life as a daughter, a lover, amother, a victor. THE WIND DONE GONE is a passionate love story, awrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a bookthat celebrates a peoples emancipation not only from bondage but alsofrom history and myth, custom and stereotype (San Antonio Express-News).Features:* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesThe WIND DONE GONE acknowledges the rich tradition of American andAfrican American letters even as it offers imaginative revision andinnovation of that tradition. Composed mostly of protagonist Cynaras diaryentries, Alice Randalls first novel recovers the banished black female(child, born of the problematic and complex sexual relationship betweenwhite slave master Planter (Gerald OHara in Mitchells novel)and blackbondswoman Pallas (Mammy in Mitchells novel). Randall uses Cynarasstory to lay bare the complex relationship between slave mother andmulatta offspring and ultimately to deal with the psychological rift betweenmother and daughter. In relating their stories, Randall complicates andrevises both the prototypical mammy figure, especially the one in MitchellsGONE WITH THE WIND, and the often tragic or victimized mulatta of latenineteenth-century and early twentieth-century literature. Randallsinsertion of Cynaras story into the gaps left by Mitchells American classic
  2. 2. allows her to make visible a subject suspiciously missing from Mitchellsnovel--the offspring of sexual relations between Blacks and Whites. InWIND, Cynaras story is intricately connected to that of her mother. As shecomes into her own as a subject, she is able to use her life to reverse theeffects of her mothers life. Where her mother had served as sexualsurrogate who gave birth to a child destined to become property, Cynaraserves as a surrogate in order to give birth to a child who whose progenywill have a chance to become President of the United S tates. Thus,Randall refuses passive sexual victim status for Cynara and Pallas,choosing instead to portray them as radical sexual subjects who seek andfind the kinds of loopholes in a skewed system that served real life womensuch as Harriet Jacobs (see INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVEGIRL). In addition to its success as an astute parody of GONE WITH THEWIND, the novel offers a gendered perspective on the theme of invisibilitythat is at core of another great work of American literature--Ralph EllisonsINVISIBLE MAN. Its narrative style is a combination of the style used byGwendolyn Brooks in MAUD MARTHA and that of Alice Walker in THECOLOR PURPLE. I especially appreciate Randalls ability to create aprotagonist who exudes a natural, earthy sensuality--much like thecharacter named Hope in her forthcoming REBEL YELL. Cynaras sexualityis as essential an aspect of her self-identity as any other. In this, theprotagonist is akin to Hurstons Janie Crawford of THEIR EYES WEREWATCHING GOD, Walkers Celie in THE COLOR PURPLE) and othersuch characters on their journeys toward self-discovery. As a universityprofessor, I use WIND in a variety of seminars and courses. I recently hadmy honors students read the novel in conjunction with the film version ofGONE WITH THE WIND and some court documents from the case filed bythe Mitchell estate to halt release of Randalls novel (seewww.thewinddonegone.com), and I have taught the novel in a variety ofother courses and seminars. Most notably, I found it especially useful as acentral text for my study of property, race, and ethics.Race, Theft, andEthics: Property Matters in African American Literature (Southern LiteraryStudies). While it might be a little too complex for the untrained orinexperienced reader, I highly recommend that you at least give it a try. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by Alice Randall - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

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