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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil epub ´ Paperback ☆ john berendt ☆ A sublime and seductive reading experience Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classicShots rang out in Savannah's grandest A sublime and seductive reading experience Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classicShots 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 suares John Berendt's sharply observed suspenseful and witty narrative reads like a t this book has a lot of fans that makes some sense magazines are certainly very popular and this is magazine writing at its most polished Berendt knows how to create an atmosphere he knows how to describe things in a style that is careful subtle and enfused with a deadpan but rather mischievious irony he can certainly describe the way a rich man's house looks so well that you could then describe it to someone else as if you've been there characters are sketched with an expert's hand using a combination of physical details and the telltale mannerism or two objective but rather sympathetic the mystery at the heart of this novel is an absorbing one and the book's central figure the maybe a murderer felt like he was an iteration of the film JFK's Clay Shaw as played in an unusually fancy style by Tommy Lee Jones which i liked at firstso why only 2 stars? well it is polished magazine writing it does not transcend it does not delve deep there is the slow but increasingly annoying realization that Berendt sees our anti hero as a kind of social peer which for some reason really bothered me who knows maybe i just automatically hate the rich parasitic Berendt writes about a whole gallery of characters all characterized briefly but adroitly and eventually i realized i was reading a classier version of a tourist eye's view of Southern grotesues a drive by tour of weirdos how aggravating who knows maybe i just automatically empathize with the weirdos and am annoyed by the normals and then there is the sad fact of THE LACK OF BLACK PEOPLE WHO COME ACROSS AS REAL PEOPLE yes they are there several but for the most part they are part of the gallery of grotesuerie this novel takes place in a part of the country that has a huge black community and i found the lack of this demographic even ones who i suppose Berendt would consider non grotesue to be perplexing and troubling

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Vannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the soul of pampered self absorption; the uproariously funny black drag ueen; the acerbic and arrogant antiues dealer; the sweet talking piano playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus with Berendt revealing the alliances hostilities and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else I purchased this book while in Savannah for the first time I had been promised that the text would capture the spirit of this reclusive and beautiful city And it did I have no complaints there Mr Brendt weaves this character driven travelogue into the true story of a sensational murder trial that dominated Savannah for nearly a decade That is a nice device as it allows the author to character hop so to speak while being able to bring the text back to a central incident the murder trialThis book is an excellent read if you are interested in the city of Savannah or are fascinated by the small eccentricities that make every town uniue Mr Brendt captures both nicely Although his writing is not spectacular it is rather mundane and average his fondness for Savannah and its denizens comes across the page and envelops the reader You find yourself liking these people despite their oddities and in some cases criminal behaviorMy only gripe is that the book has substantial portions that are made up and chronologically smashed together This by the author's own admission I wish he had not done that as it detracts from the legitimacy of the story and gives readers the out of thinking that some of the outrageous aspects of the text were made up Whether they were or not I do not knowThe text starts out slow but builds nicely and I was never bored When Mr Brendt introduces the characters of Joe Odum and later on Chablis the text gets a humorous lift Read the book and then visit Savannah you'll see what I mean

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilHoroughly engrossing novel and yet it is a work of nonfiction Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder caseIt is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters the well bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man woman and child in Sa Note February 2014 I was just rereading this review and FUNNY STORY I moved to a small town Not so much a big city person as I had originally thoughtOriginal 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 isAfter reading this book I had to restrain myself from booking a flight to Savannah It makes you want to be there it makes you want to know the people it makes you want to pick up and find a place just like it so you can move there I am a city person through and through but this book made me want to move to a small town The characters are so remarkable so interesting that you can't believe they are real people This books makes you proud to be a human being as much as it makes you laugh at our ridiculousnessA NOTE ABOUT THE MOVIE don't see it before you read the book but if you have seen the movie and haven't read the book please read the book because it's so much better while the movie essentially leaves no doubt about the actual account of the murder that it focuses around the book does not and the book is also not nearly as centered around Jim Williams as the movie is