Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Spanish) Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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"Elegant and wicked.... 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 the scene of the crime." --"The New York Times Book Review"
Elegant and wicked . 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 the scene of the crime." "The New York Times Book Review"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Four years on The New York Times bestseller list --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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"Midnight" is probably the only book on the bestseller list I've read that deserved to be there. Jim Williams is an amazing character, and a real person, or was. We will never know the real truth of what happened (don't want to give away the plot), but even so, it makes for one heck of an entertaining read. Would also recommend the books "Prince of Tides" by Conroy and "Bark of the Dogwood" for two other southern books that don't pull any punches.
Part travelogue, part true-crime thriller - with copious supernatural elements also thrown into the mix - the book defies simple description, and the author uses precise, non-sensational, almost diffident language to describe a superabundance of eccentric, larger-than-life characters and bizarre and mannered social rituals.
The story has, as its loose focus, the relationship between local millionaire Jim Williams and his handyman/lover, Danny - a relationship that ends in Williams shooting the younger man dead. Was it murder, or self-defence? Berendt does not pretend to offer any answers, instead settling for telling the few facts that he can actually attest to (and, added to which, of course, is a good dollop of the entertaining hearsay of the Savannah-ites he meets), and leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Trial and retrial follow on, and behind the courtroom scenes one senses a world of political manoeuvring, old enemies, and the genteel but ultra-conservative morality of the Old South.Read more ›
The story is as intriguing as the characters in it and the reader will find themselves drawn more and more into the story. I finished the last one hundred and seventy-five pages in one sitting. I was so caught up in what was going on that I couldn't put the book down and ended up going to be around 2:30 in the morning. Berendt develops the characters so well that one really begins to care about what happens to them and what they do next. This is one amazing book.
When the movie came out I really didn't think I would like it and didn't see it until a few months ago. After seeing the movie I just had to read the book and I am glad I did. There are some differences in the movie and the book and while the movie is good, the book is better. In fact, I have seldom read a book that I liked as much as this one. John Berendt had a lot of good material to start with to be sure, but his wonderful style of writing makes the story entrancing. It is clear that Berendt considers many of these people his friends and that they feel the same way about him. That he cares deeply about both the people and the story comes through very clearly and is part of the reason the reader will also begin to care.Read more ›
We had a wonderful time and were fortunate enough to be able to see a performance by the Lady Chablis, a major character in the book.
This book brings the character of Savannah and its people to life in a way that I have not previously experienced with other travel books - and I am a voracious reader. As others have said, you cannot NOT want to visit Savannah when you have read 'The Book' (as it is known there), nor will your visit be a disappointment. John Berendt has captured the essence of the place. I have seen nothing from him since - such a shame, but I doubt that he could match Midnight. It really is a one-off.
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first read this many years ago and its still good the second time aroundPublished 28 days ago by MARILYN
This is one of my favourite books.The writing is direct and economical, as you would expect from a journalist author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by stuffandnonsense
This item arrived in good time from the USA and I'm thoroughly enjoying the book after seeing the film.Published 3 months ago by Pat
When “the best piece of ass in Savannah” is found dead with three bullet holes in him on the rug of a wealthy and prominent 50 something local “art dealer”, the locals are shocked. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Robinson
marvellous writer loved it also made me laugh thank youPublished 5 months ago by mrs janette jordan
Fascinating account of small town characters with the backdrop of real-life killing which divided a community. The Spirits are alive!Published 7 months ago by The Flying Scotsman
Selected for me by a member in my book club who has always selected books I couldn't get on with.
This time he hit the jackpot!
I really enjoyed this novel, a quirky tale