Karin's Reviews > Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Dec 10, 2007
Excellent observation and storytelling skills; the first half as much more interesting than the second. Highly reminiscent of "The Orchid Thief," yet smoother, less theoretical, more personable. Both are books of non-fiction written by New Yorkers who are drawn to a community in the American South, and over the next few years become a part-time resident. There's almost a suggestion of the "other" in the descriptions of Southern Allure, as though it's not the PLACE the writers are drawn to as much as it is the mystique and romance Northerners imbue in Southern culture. Berendt's style was less stiffly pretentious, I thought, which made his character and his story more enjoyable and accessible. This comparison is fascinating as it raises the question: what *IS* non-fiction?
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