Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Author John Berendt
ISBN-10 0679751521
ISBN-13 9780679751526
Year 1999-06-28
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Vintage Books
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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 reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss hung oaks and shaded squares 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 case It 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 queen the acerbic and arrogant antiques 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 classic

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