9780679429227

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

ISBN 10: 0679429220 / 0-679-42922-0
ISBN 13: 9780679429227
Publisher: Random House Inc
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Hardcover
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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 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 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 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 is certain to become a modern classic.


Review:

"Berendt's writing is elegant and wickedly funny, and his eye for telling details is superb...[This] might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to...book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime."

Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

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"John Berendt's MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL hit stores in 1994, and as word spread, the book--part travelogue, part true crime--hit the best-seller lists; it still holds tight to its status as one of the longest-lasting non-fiction books ever. The book, which involves the murder trial of a Savannah, Ga., antiques dealer accused of shooting his handyman lover, was recently released in paperback."

Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune, 9/26/1999

 

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