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apple asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 9 years ago

Gone with the wind an easy book to read for a 16 year old?

For English class, I have to read certain books on a list to reach a certain amount of points...and Gone with the Wind was on it. I figured why not, and it was worth a lot of points.

However, the reading level was rated pretty high (7.1/10). So I'm afraid I won't be able to understand it.

I'm pretty use to reading books with modern language such as meg cabot's books. I tried reading pride and prejudice and almost had no idea what was going on.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Yes, when Mrs. Mitchell was interviewed after her book was published she was quoted as saying something to the effect, "I wrote "Gone..." with syntax swift and easy enough for your average sixth grader to read and follow the plot."

    It's an enjoyable read.

    Note: the beginning may seem slow to you because Mitchell is using those chapters to develop good and effective characterization.

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  • 9 years ago


    It's not exactly like Shakespeare puns based on 17th century English or Milton verse (which should also be OK for a 16 year old anyway). It's modern fiction!

    TBH Pride and Prejudice should be OK - don't expect to just 'understand' terms you've never encountered before. While the theme is timeless, Austen wrote in 18th century Britain.

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