Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt
Biography & Memoir
Jul 29, 2018
When Esquire columnist John Berendt began dividing his time between Manhattan and Savannah in the early 1980s, it wasn’t with the idea of writing a book, much less breaking publishing records or singlehandedly reinvigorating the tourist industry of the southern city. Savannah was simply an interesting, and much cheaper, place to hang out. Once there, charmed by the eccentric locals, the journalist in him began to sense something intriguing in a murder trial then in progress (for the second of what would ultimately be four times). Published as “nonfiction,” Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil owes a heavy debt to the imaginative ambitions and techniques of fiction (for instance, Berendt begins his story before the murder happened and writes as if he’d been in Savannah at the time). No matter what’s factual and what’s fudged, it’s all, truly, stranger than fiction, and more entertaining than most truth.
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Nov 28, 2018
Entertaining.
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One of the few books I have read more than once.
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The first nonfiction book I read that read loke a novel.
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The wicked South at its best and worst.
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I was utterly transfixed by this book.
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Loved the book and the movie.
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Brilliant evocation of place and milieu
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Mar 10
Quintessentially captures the mystical nature and unique Southern chatacters.
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Excellent
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Mar 29
I read this many years ago but the vivid characters in this story stayed with me.
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Apr 27
Fascinating
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Absolutely splendid novel!! It is so entertaining, I couldn't put it down.
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