Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Audiobook CD - 1997
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audiobooks, p1997, c1995
Edition: Abridged
Branch Call Number: COMPACT DISC 975.8724 B488m
Characteristics: 3 compact discs (3:10 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm

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SuzeParker
Jul 23, 2015

What a cast of characters! And I get the feeling that John Berendt was only scratching the surface with the people he chose to include in the book. Berendt paints Savannah and its residents in such a fascinating way that it's no wonder tourism skyrocketed in the city after Midnight came out. If telling a murder story can be fun, Berendt has accomplished it.

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