doc ½ Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Paperback ½ mbjuk

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doc ½ Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Paperback ½ mbjuk Ç 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 mistA 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 BkC7Delicious shimmering prose Wonderful story Savannah really should give Mr Berendt a pensionWell 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 grantedRating 375 of fiveThe Publisher Says Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the mistyearly 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 thoroughly 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 Savannah; 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 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is 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 classicMy Review Bored Manhattanite journalist realizes back in the 1980s that lunch at a trendy restaurant costs than air fare to a sexy Southern retreat those were the days and the resulting experience was lasting So John Berendt becomes a commuter to Savannah Georgia which is the American Bath for sheer physical prettiness though uite a lot hotterBeing a good journalist he meets everyone worth meeting and being a gay man meets the entire A list of gay life in this small city in record time Then he stumbles into an amazing story of murder and skulduggery among the social elite as the elite intersects with gay and gay for pay cultureAlong the way he talks to every single interesting person in Savannah and builds a word picture of its typically Southern hierarchical social scene As The Lady Chablis an African American drag ueen made briefly famous by this book would say FlawlessNot exactly flawless but wonderful Southern characters abound including the old root woman who introduces Yankee John to the world of the haints and spirits and loa that Southerners even the Babdiss ones are aware exists even when they scream and rail about it as evil wrong badwell they do that about sex too and with as much effectCemetery dirt is a powerful ingredient in the sympathetic magic the old root women practice Where it comes from that is whose grave it was matters as do many other factors and Yankee John reports with wide eyed fascination on the entire experience of getting involved in the magical universe to help an accused murdererThe end of the story is very sadly the end of a single book career The City of Falling Angels notwithstanding this is Mr B's one book Fortunately it's a very good one Unfortunately it's the only one And so I ding a half star off for literary incomplete pass But it's a helluva read

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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 One of the best 'true crime' book I have ever read Every inch of the story is fascinating It reads like a novel I actually had to keep reminding myself that it was in fact a true crime book From the very first chapter I felt drawn in I immediately wanted to go to Savannah and see it for myself So often in true crime books the characters are a little flat Berendt was really able to make them come to life His writing made the whole city come to life His ability to infiltrate the seemly exclusive Savannah society and do such an awesome character study was amazing The personalities in the book are so bizarre and fantastic It is almost hard to believe that they all live in a small city together It had almost the same Southern society vibe to it as Time to Kill The focus was not so much on the crime but rather the mesh of characters are interwoven into the plot if I can call it that In to my re read pile it goes Just found out that it's a movie with Kevin Spacey Wonder if it's on Netflix?