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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
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Sep 04, 2008

really liked it

If you can read this book and not want to immediately hop a plane to Savannah, Georgia, then I do not know what to say to you. I read this book several years ago (and even remember reading a huge chunk of it in the laundromat and another huge chunk of it outside the same laundromat, which had closed up but I could not stop reading), because it was pretty much surgically attached to my hand the entire time. Berendt brought these eccentrics to life in a way that made the entire culture mesmerizing and almost endearing. A really unfortunate film was subsequently made of the book and was a complete and utter failure in its attempt to grasp what Berendt knew early on. This is not a story about people, not a film about secrets or oddities, voodoo or murder. This is a love story between the author and the town of Savannah, herself, a town that ultimately becomes the most important character in the book, and Berendt fleshes it out in a way that still leaves me feeling like I have been there when, in fact, I have not. Oh, but I will...
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Cecile Just recently visited Savannah. Toured the home where the murder occurred. Beautiful city and would recommend visiting it. Bought the book to read-haven't started it yet.

Deborah Edwards Hi Cecile, that must have been so interesting. Now, when you read the book, you will have a real familiarity with the sights and landmarks of the story. Enjoy.

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