Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981.Was it murder or self-defense?For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel,...more
Original review, circa 2007: I love this book to the point where I don't even really know what to say about it, because nothing I can say about it will be good enough to explain just how incredible this book really is.
After reading this book, I had to restrain myself from booking a flight to Savannah. It makes you want to be there, it makes...more
Well now, I have to dim my searchlight to a streetlight. Still think it's good but now, well, now I can't see past the one-hit-wonderness to the glories I once took for granted.
Rating: 3.75* of five
The Publisher Says: Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath rev...more
The book is written by a magazine journalist who ends up living on and off in Savanah, GA for eight years to investigate and chronicle a murder and it's trials. This book is more or less...more
Over a period of eight years I did just that, except that my stays in Savannah became longer and...more
In a nutshell : I loved the gorgeous (really, it was) writing and detailed descriptions of Savannah and its people.
It took too long for much of anything to happen though.
I might add more to this review later...and I might not.
One of my favorite scenes includes the cross dresser who works in the hardware store. His employer disapproves of his wearing "makeup" while working, so he only makes up one half of his face, and then spends his working days at the store turning his head, so customers and his employer won't see the "makeup". To think this is a true story. I can't wait...more
The descriptions of the place and the people and even the food are detailed enough to give the reader a...more
You would think this was fiction. That, it is not. This is narrative nonfiction.
Perhaps John Berendt's previous role as editor of New York Magazine made it easier to get full confessions from people who committed crimes, made lawyers want to discuss their legal stra...more
What a pity this book ended. I must find a way to visit this beautiful city of Savannah.
The story is about the trial of Jim Williams, a Savannah's socialite and an international antiques dealer, crazy by the famous Faberge eggs, which was accused of the murder of Danny Handsford.
After had discovered that a super-saver fare to Savannah cost the same as an entree in a Manhattan restaurant, the author spent eight years fitting between these two cities. In this...more
A 1997 interview on Booknotes on C-Span shows author John Berendt to be almost as quirky as his book. He is entertaining and delightful to watch and listen to. If you want to treat yourself, go to http...more
There is a murder mystery, of sorts, in this book, and it propels the last half, but Berendt focuses most of his attention and imagination on the colorful cast of...more
Anyhow, you've probably already read...more
Written like a memoir, and based on true facts, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a wonderful description of just one town, with all it's charm, derelicts and traditions.
I love every single word of this book; there was so much satire and in-context humor that made it so hilarious, but at the same time, the story was serious and down-to-earth in a way that you don't find much anymore.
The writing style kept me go...more
I really enjoyed the historical references given about Savannah, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite cities. The city and the people in it were described with such clarity that you almost feel as if you know them.
Anyway, upon reading, it was. A really interesting and fun portrayal of Savannah, I'm sure fact and fiction crossed back and forth with each other, but whatever the case, the writing was poetic when it needed to be, and straight-forward when it needed to be, creating a book that was a pleasure to read and di...more
This isn't a film review, but K...more
Berendt does such a great job displaying Savannah in all its good-time glory that it was no surprise at all to hear the book had created a tourism mini-boom there.
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Berendt first traveled to Sav...more