MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL BOOK
John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been heralded as a " lyrical work of nonfiction," and the book's extremely graceful prose depictions of. "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," by John Berendt When the author, John Berendt, wrote "The Book" as it is now referred to by. BOOK REVIEW / Georgian splendours: 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' John Berendt: Chatto, pounds.
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A sublime and seductive reading experien. . Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is atmospherically Deep South coastal ( Savannah, Georgia, and Beaufort, South Carolina) and. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at .
I've just returned from a brief holiday in Savannah, Georgia, a few pounds heavier around the waist, a few pounds lighter in the wallet and my head crammed with gorgeous images. There are sleepy squares shaded by oak trees draping Spanish moss. There are delightful splashes of colour from azalea bushes next to dark mysterious streets. The diners are bustling, bright with chrome and the talk in them is as fast and peppery as the food. In fact, the place was so like Berendt's evocative descriptions that it occasionally felt like I'd been there before.
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Subscribe to Independent Minds to debate the big issues Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try for free Already registered? Log in. Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment? The only mention our guide gave of any unseemly events came in the brief prim remark, thrown in after a long dull excursus on a chest of drawers: In a sense, it was hard not to feel cheated.
The main reason I'd parted with my hard-earned cash was to better picture "the incident", rather than find out about some rather gaudy antiques. Even so, I had to respect the guide's delicacy, not least because Jim Williams' survivors still occupy the house and are generally on the upper floor when the tours take place. I left feeling half ashamed at failing to properly grasp how real - and raw - the story of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil still is to plenty of living people. Equally, I was amazed at how much the book has changed the reality of the town.
The only places I can think of that a writer has made such a marked imprint on were Stratford-upon-Avon and the goth-thronged streets of Whitby. If nothing else, it's a remarkable legacy.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Savannah, Georgia in the movie of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil starring Kevin Spacey I've just returned from a brief holiday in Savannah, Georgia, a few pounds heavier around the waist, a few pounds lighter in the wallet and my head crammed with gorgeous images. Topics Books Books blog. Reuse this content.
It's seriously great fun to read. The second half is a little less exciting.
One of the characters we're introduced to early on in the book commits a shocking murder that rocks all of Savannah high society. It's a complicated case that ends up being retried four times in a period of 8 years or so, and Berendt focuses mostly on the trial and this time period in the second half of the book.
It's interesting for the most part, but the problem is that nothing much changes from trial to trial, and reading about it becomes monotonous and repetitive sometimes. I found myself getting impatient for Berendt to stop talking about the trial and get back to the crazy characters and stories. He does, but keeps returning to the trial, which bogs down the pace of the book somewhat.
This isn't to say it makes the book bad, just not as perfectly consistent with itself as it could have been. That being said, this is overall a great read. I love stories that deal with multiple characters, and Berendt does a fantastic job of juggling their stories and personalities to give us a sense of the world they live in.
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