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Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story (original 1994; udgave 2005)

af John Berendt

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Kriminalroman. En nyrig kunsthandler i Savannah sigtes for mordet på sin unge bøsse-ven og assistent. Under retssagen afdækkes sydstatsbyens syndige, men alt andet end kedelige liv - fyldt med sære eksistenser.
Medlem:szreader
Titel:Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story
Forfattere:John Berendt
Info:New York : Modern Library, 2005.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:southern

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Midnat i det gode og ondes have : roman af John Berendt (Author) (1994)

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Viser 1-5 af 286 (næste | vis alle)
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. Interesting, funny, readable, but not amazing or life-changing. Failed to make me think. ( )
  caedocyon | Feb 23, 2024 |
Nonfiction books, even those covering a specific event in a specific setting, tend to be a little dull in their dry factualness. Nonfiction true crime has a tendency toward moralizing. Berendt’s story of a young man killed by his lover/employer in an isolated Georgia town avoids both. He carries the reader along with charming descriptions of the people of Savannah, who seem just like crazy characters in a Southern Gothic lit novel. But these are real people, and supposedly the stories he tells about them are real, as well, and I would get a sudden jolt when he’d slip a chilling fact in amongst the tale of some cheerful eccentricity, such as the town’s complacent acceptance of a jury letting a group of men go free because the victim they stomped to death was “just” a homosexual, or of Savannah’s extraordinarily high murder rate because the victims are mostly black, so it’s “a black problem”.

His storytelling is calculated to entertain, and he treats the town and its people with affection, but he does not refrain from telling the whole story and leaving the judgement up to the reader.

I read this book for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season challenge. This book was for Task the Third: The Holiday Party (Read a book where a celebration is a big part of the action), because the action in the book revolves around a series of parties and ceremonies, from the annual Christmas party given by the killer, to the never-ending house party given by the lawyer/conman, to the society ladies’ exclusive tea parties, to the midnight graveyard ceremonies conducted by the voodoo woman. ( )
  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
This is my second reading of “the book” as it became known in Savannah after being published in 1994, spawning a film version and a resurgence of tourism. Journalist John Berendt came down from New York, stayed a few years, and managed to capture the insular eccentricity of a small slice of Savannah’s culture. He wrote about Lady Chablis, Joe Odum, Jim Williams and other compelling characters with a sharp eye.

The Savannah in the book, one of hard drinking, high and low society; old, new and no money may be history now, but still lives on in some way. Berendt portrayed Savannah as the most interesting place he knew, that was his art. It drew, and still draws, an uncounted number of tourists trying to capture his version of the city.

Drinking, backbiting and gossip are the major activities and sport in the story. Antique dealer Jim Williams and his four murder trials for shooting his young lover are central to the book. His trial defense employs the unique services of a voodoo woman named Minerva. “She’s thrown graveyard dirt at some of the best homes in Savannah, God bless her,” Williams told Berendt. “I give her twenty-five dollars a day, and I’ve learned not to ask questions.” ( )
  Hagelstein | Dec 16, 2023 |
True crime is not really my kind of genre. I vaguely remembered the movie, so when I happened to come across the book I decided to give it a try.

It was a rather slow read, and I got distracted at times. The book was very well-written though, and full of quirky, eccentric, wonderful, funny and horrible people. There is voodoo as well :-)

P.S. I went to Google maps street view to take a closer look at Savannah. ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
Reason read: I meant to read this in October but it wasn’t available. I bought it in Savannah. This is a book you should read before you go to Savannah but having been there it made it possible to picture the different scenes. What a bunch of characters. Savannah is and was an interesting town. I would call this a nonfiction novel. ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 4, 2023 |
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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.
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