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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
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May 03, 2008

really liked it

I'm about 14 years behind the crowd on this one, but I can see why "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" caused such a stir. The characters are fascinating, even more so because they are real. Berendt achieves a nice balance of getting close to the people of Savannah -- from the fabulous Lady Chablis and voodoo queen Minerva to antiques collector/murderer Jim Williams and lawyer/pianoman Joe Odom -- and keeping enough distance to maintain his status as an outside observer. In a society so concerned with being "in" -- in the historical society, in the Married Women's Card Club, in the Oglethorpe Club and the yacht club, among the guests at exclusive Christmas parties and balls -- it is the outsiders who are the most interesting and authentic, and Berendt lets them shine.
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Noran Miss Pumkin enjoyed your reivew. if you have not seen the movie, i recommend it, also A&E did a documentary on the story with the real people, and i believe that is on dvd--i saw it on TV--it was a fun view. What a world to live in?!

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