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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

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Shots 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 squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of non-fiction. 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 case.

It 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 queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques 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: A Savannah Story 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 classic.

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"Mr. Berendt's writing is elegant and wickedly funny, and his eye for telling details is superb." New York Times Book Review

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"Stylish, brilliant, hilarious, and coolhearted." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A] wonderfully subtle and well-told story....Midnight is a solidly rewarding read." Booklist

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"The Williams trials...are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue." Publishers Weekly

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"Forceful, clear, gripping, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the best non-fiction novel since In Cold Blood and a lot more entertaining, since Berendt's book has everything going for it — snobbism, ruthless power, voodoo, local color, and a totally evil estheticism. I read it till dawn." Edmund White

Synopsis:

The enormously engaging account of life and death in secluded and hauntingly beautiful Savannah, Georgia, continues to take America by storm.

About the Author

The son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. Berendt has written for David Frost and Dick Cavett, was editor of New York magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994. Since the publication and unprecedented success of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt has become a Savannah celebrity and was even presented with the key to the city.

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KL, July 14, 2012 (view all comments by KL)
I couldn't put this book down. Not because it was suspenseful or action packed, but because Berendts' writing style is so easygoing. The development of each character is great because it really makes everything so much more realistic. Sometimes weirder things do actually happen in true life. There is no shortage of odd in this book but it's more than that, it's the spirit and the culture of Savannah and it's people that he captures. Totally unique. I have read this book over and over again.
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Dina, August 19, 2006 (view all comments by Dina)
This is one of my favorite books. A great mystery story, set in Savannah. It has a wonderful cast of interesting, off-beat characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679751526
Author:
Berendt, John
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Sepetys, Ruta
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Georgia
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Savannah (ga.)
Subject:
Savannah
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Savannah (Ga.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Savannah (Ga.) History.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
June 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.12x5.12x.87 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679751526 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mr. Berendt's writing is elegant and wickedly funny, and his eye for telling details is superb."
"Review" by , "Stylish, brilliant, hilarious, and coolhearted."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderfully subtle and well-told story....Midnight is a solidly rewarding read."
"Review" by , "The Williams trials...are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue."
"Review" by , "Forceful, clear, gripping, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the best non-fiction novel since In Cold Blood and a lot more entertaining, since Berendt's book has everything going for it — snobbism, ruthless power, voodoo, local color, and a totally evil estheticism. I read it till dawn."
"Synopsis" by , The enormously engaging account of life and death in secluded and hauntingly beautiful Savannah, Georgia, continues to take America by storm.
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