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mobi ¾ doc Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 9780679751526 Free å moneyexpresscard » 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 rA 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 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is a 1994 Random House publication In 2019 I read a handful of books that were huge bestsellers in the past but for some reason or another I’d never gotten around to reading them I had so much fun reading the ‘books everyone on the planet has read but me’ I decided to make that a part of my reading journey again this yearThis is one of those books everyone was reading back in the mid nineties I have been meaning to read it for ages and ages I saw the movie many years ago never realizing until much later that it was based on true events Once I discovered this was a work of ‘true crime’ I knew I had to read the book because the book is always better The book is about the real life murder of Danny Hansford an ill tempered volatile 'handyman' who was shot to death by his lover Jim Williams in Savannah Georgia in the early 1980s The author a native New Yorker who had fallen in love with Savannah decided to write a book about the sensational murder To help readers understand the climate Berendt paints a uniue portrait of Savannah a city which preferred to keep to itself and relished its isolation The city however is uite lively steeped in beauty and history and is the host to a slew of eccentric characters and goings on blended with southern gentility and although not advertised at that time a thriving gay communityBerendt writes the book in a first person narrative a uniue approach for a book marketed as true crime The book as many others have pointed out reads like a novel a work of fiction only it’s not However it should be noted that Berendt did fudge the timelines and embellished some events so in truth the book isn’t one hundred percent factual but it’s close enough As in the movie Lady Chablis steals the show lock stock and barrel But she did occasionally distract from the crime which was supposed to be the focal point of the book Williams swore he shot Danny in self defense His claim however contradicted the forensics analysis about gunshot residue among other things I won’t give anything away just in case you haven’t read the book but the case lingered on for years before a final judgement was made once and for all Justice may or may not have been served in the courtroom but if one were to believe Minerva the voodoo priestess it very well may have prevailed in other ways from outside of this earthly realm Despite any liberties the author may have taken the book is very absorbing and well entertaining which may seem like an odd choice of words but if you’ve read this book you’ll know what I mean What a cast of characters Berendt did an amazing job in telling this incredible tale It’s no wonder this book stayed on the NYT bestseller list for 216 weeks after its debut 4 stars

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Horoughly 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 This is a book about the shooting of a young man in a rich guy’s fancy house but the real crime is how boring this story is AyoI do not know what happened hereI mean this book has EVERYTHING old rich people gossip about the aforementioned old rich people the history of the city of Savannah famously interesting place not even being sarcastic and yes it is concerning to me that my earnest thoughts read as irony drag ueens alcoholism historical restorations feuds murder voodoo especially of the middle of the night and done in cemeteries variety scandalous old women courtroom thriller storylines prison historical figures and who they had affairs with cough Judy Garland cough mentions of Moon River a very good song that has the added benefit of reminding humanity about Audrey HepburnAND it’s under 400 pages AND it had the longest uninterrupted stay on the New York Times bestseller list And somehow it is boring Like truly a punishment to get through Took me 5 times as long than I expected and that still felt like a long walk through a pond of Jell oAnd not even a good Jell o flavorBottom line WHY MUST I SUFFER dedicating my life to figuring out how this book which contains murder and voodoo and gossip and scandal and courtroom plotlines and drag ueens and ornery old ladies and Savannah could be so goddamn boringreview to come 25 stars thrilled to finally find a way to combine my two biggest passions reading and gossip

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilVannah; 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