Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil This book tells a true story of intrigue murder forgery and eccentricity set in the steamy surreal atmosphere of Savannah Georgia

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  • Title: Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
  • Author: John Berendt
  • ISBN: 9780340992852
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book tells a true story of intrigue, murder, forgery and eccentricity set in the steamy, surreal atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia.

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    1. 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 is.After reading this book, I had to restrain myself from booking a flight to Savannah. It makes you want to be there, it makes you [...]

    2. 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 - [...]

    3. BkC7)Delicious, shimmering prose. Wonderful story. Savannah really should give Mr. Berendt a pension.Well 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 granted.Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 rev [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. The writing was great, the story was led into in an interesting way, but the trial was trivial and so were many characters that were introduced in the first half of the book. But, I liked reading about them anyway and, while the book came together well in the end, the whole thing wasn’t cohesive. That said, I feel like I should have more good things to say about a book I enjoyed reading so much.

    6. Onvan : Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - Nevisande : John Berendt - ISBN : 679751521 - ISBN13 : 9780679751526 - Dar 386 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1994

    7. There was a lot of hype around this book a few years back, but in this case I think it is actually deserved. For one, Berendt is a skilled writer who understands how to tease a compelling story out of the material he’s working with. And, oh, what material! The true-crime mystery at the center of the book—whether the social-climbing, closeted gay antiques dealer shot his lover in cold blood or self-defense—is interesting enough, but Berendt decorates that story with outrageous character por [...]

    8. This was a decent book. There was a lot of mood, of which I'm a big fan. The characters all had the potential to be very interesting, but unfortuately, they weren't developed. That's not to say you don't spend a lot of time with them, or find out anything about them, it's just that you don't really give a damn. The book is written by a magazine journalist who ends up living on and off in Savanah, GA for eight years to investigate and chronicle a murder and it's trials. This book is more or less [...]

    9. Ova knjiga je jedan od meni najdražih prevoda, i žao mi je što film nije pomogao knjizi Naime, knjiga obiluje živopisnim likovima, a Klint Istvud je u svom filmu samo načeo te likove, a nijednog nije u potpunosti prikazao Ono što je posebno interesantno u vezi s ovom knjigom jeste to da je ona potpuno promenila život učmale Savane u Džordžiji Gradić koji ne voli promene, koji ne voli savremene tekovine, odjednom se našao pod najezdom turista koji su se tu sjatili posle čitanja ove k [...]

    10. Murder, gullah, drag queens (these are a few of my favorite things . . .) There's probably not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said, but that won't stop me. I saw the movie when it first came out and loved it, but just never got around to reading the book. I thought that the entire book would be about the murder trial of Jim Williams, the prominent Savannah antiques dealer accused of murdering Danny Hansford (with whom it was rumored he was having a sexual relationship). [...]

    11. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt is a weird story about even weirder people! I would be gone from that town soooo fast. What creepy people! With the strange people you knew the murder mystery would be just as creepy, but not good. Easy to figure out that Jim and Danny were lovers right away. Why hide it in this town? You have a man that only puts make up on one eye, a man who walks an invisible dog, a man that hordes enough poison so he can at sometime ki [...]

    12. I found this one a struggle. Several times I stopped and looked the title up again on to make sure it really is non fiction. Surely all those weird characters could not really have existed in one place. Surely there must have been a huge amount of artistic licence going on. The court cases themselves rang true but ended up not being a major part of the book. Two stars because the author writes well. My struggle to read it was based purely on disbelief and not at all on the quality of the book. [...]

    13. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4B is for BerendtRead a book with antonyms in the titleSo I just realized that I totally forgot to review this onet moment #85749For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed of from the noises and distractions of the world at large. It grew inward, too, and in such a way that its people flourished like hothouse plants tended by an indulgent gardner. The ordinary became extraordinary. Eccentrics thrived. Every nuance and quir [...]

    14. The perfect mix of character study and courtroom drama, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil paints a fascinating picture of Savannah, Georgia. It's a moody, atmospheric novel that draws you in with its exquisite descriptions and eccentric cast. There are aristocratic snobs and drag queens, punk rock teens and possibly murderous millionaires. It all sounds a bit too good to be true--based on a series of real events from the 1980's-- and maybe it is. But nonetheless, it's wildly entertaining a [...]

    15. "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is ostensibly about the macabre truths that lie behind Savannah's gentile facade. As you might expect, these are of a distinctly Gothic nature. Imagine a travel guide written by Tennessee Williams. We are invited to marvel at some familiar grotesques: the homosexual in a smoking jacket, the socialite drunk at noon, the young hustler with a Red Camaro, the outrageous trannie, the witch doctor. All of this is presented with a light touch, even as the parad [...]

    16. Just arrived from Finland through BM.What a pity this book ended. I must find a way to visit this beautiful city of Savannah. The story is about the trial of Jim Williams, a Savannah's socialite and an international antiques dealer, crazy by the famous Faberge eggs, which was accused of the murder of Danny Handsford. After had discovered that a super-saver fare to Savannah cost the same as an entree in a Manhattan restaurant, the author spent eight years fitting between these two cities. In this [...]

    17. 4.5 starsI was psyched to read this, and I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed! The writing is atmospheric and cinematic, and the author does such a great job capturing the voices of the various characters he encounters, with all their quirks and eccentricities. The whole book is perfectly enjoyable and fascinating, but the second half definitely feels a bit stronger than the first, simply because it becomes more focused rather than each chapter centering around a different character the author enco [...]

    18. Although I enjoyed it, I think this book could have been much better. The first half is largely a series of character studies, and the second half is essentially a true-life crime novel. Unfortunately I grew dangerously bored with the first half, and as the mystery unfolds, I grew annoyed that many of the characters introduced in the first half really have little play or impact on the rest of the book. The murder mystery itself is an interesting story but is very anticlimactic. While the book is [...]

    19. "An idea was beginning to take shape in my mind, a variation of my city-hopping weekends. I would make Savannah my second home. I would spend perhaps a month at a time in Savannah, long enough to become more than a tourist if not quite a full-fledged resident. I would inquire, observe, and poke around wherever my curiosity led me or wherever I was invited. I would presume nothing. I would take notes. Over a period of eight years I did just that, except that my stays in Savannah became longer and [...]

    20. I first read this book some 15 years ago, after being lent it by a friend.I now have my own copy. It is a book I go to every few years for a visit. And I must be due for another visit sometime soon.

    21. This book is chalk full of eccentric and sometimes amusing people. Savanah's architecture and lifestyle are introduced. In all, Savanah sounds like a lovely city. I really enjoyed the martini ritual when visiting the grave of Conrad Aiken and his tombstone.After the descriptions of Savanah and it's loveliness, though, the rest of the book fell a bit flat. The people mentioned were eccentricbut not all of them were part of the crime or the investigation. They were added purely for entertainment; [...]

    22. This book was worth a read for the sheer entertainment value. It's less of a story and more of a brilliant, hilarious--and mostly true, as I understand it--character study of a collection of Savannah residents between roughly the mid-70's and mid-80s. In it we meet an eccentric lawyer, a glamorous drag queen, a voodoo witch, a dodgy socialite-cum-antique dealer, & many others. At the heart of the book lies the mystery of what really happened to Danny Hansford, a young man with a rough reputa [...]

    23. John Berendt's well-known (non-)fiction work is the story of a murder. But it really isn't, it is actually more of a masterfully told story about a number of people in Savannah and the place itself. I just love this author's narrative and the first time I read the book I did it in a couple of long sittings, due to the fact that I couldn't bring myself to put it down. If you for some reason would not want to invest the time in this book, watch the great (and sadly underrated) movie! Then read the [...]

    24. Savannah, Georgia is the oldest city in the Deep South; beautiful and unique it is full of neat squares, shaded cobblestone streets, parks, and historic buildings. But in the 1980’s the city was gripped by the events that happened in Savannah's grandest mansion very late one night. Was the death of Danny Hansford, a male prostitute, murder or self-defence? In this narrative, Berendt introduces us to the place that is Savannah, as well as the characters of the time that made this such an entert [...]

    25. This is an addendum to a previous review. I love this book!I've been in love with the story ever since watching the movie, which is a stand alone version of this story. The enchanting consistency between them is the cornucopia of eccentric characters living in the story and, according to the author, actually living in Savannah at the time he lived there. Yes, it's a true story, with only a few names and dates changed. Well, for me this makes it even more enchanting. I've wanted to visit Savannah [...]

    26. Gossip fiction at its best with a sweet southern sauce, quite enjoyable, even if a bit shallow for my tastes, a satisfying piece of skilful journalism nonetheless. Extremely descriptive, which can be a turn off for some readers. P.S. Couldn't get rid of Kevin Spacey's face when reading about Jim Williams. Which was pretty disturbing in the light of the recent allegations. Which makes the story even more ambiguous in some weird meta way.

    27. If you can read this book and not want to immediately hop a plane to Savannah, Georgia, then I do not know what to say to you. I read this book several years ago (and even remember reading a huge chunk of it in the laundromat and another huge chunk of it outside the same laundromat, which had closed up but I could not stop reading), because it was pretty much surgically attached to my hand the entire time. Berendt brought these eccentrics to life in a way that made the entire culture mesmerizing [...]

    28. Ok, I didn't love this. In fact, I don't even think I liked it like I thought I was. I know I will be MURDERED for this, but this is a book I want to like more than I actually like. I ADOOOOOOOORE Berendt's writing style and some of the moments in this book are truly phenomenal. However, this book is just SLOW. I am usually a guy that likes a book that takes its time. Having "Moby Dick" in my top 5 favorite books of all time is living proof of that. Though the difference was that "Moby Dick" was [...]

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