Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

A Savannah Story

Berendt, John, 1939-

eBook - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999, c1994
ISBN: 9780307538376
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (386 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 30, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Better than fiction, this true story of a murder case in the Deep South packs lots of surprises. It is full of local colour and wonderfully eccentric characters. A must for Capote fans.

Dec 28, 2013
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Moody and atmospheric, this book immerses the reader in the quirky and bizarre world of Savannah Georgia during the events leading up to the murder of a young gigolo, and the subsequent trial of Jim Williams, the prominent society member who committed the act. Though this book is nonfiction, it reads like a novel with a terrific cast of characters. These include the Lady Chablis – a black drag queen, Minerva – the voodoo priestess whose activities give the book its title, an antiques dealer with issues…. This page- turner is an absorbing modern gothic.

Feb 27, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite reads of all time. Love it so much I have my own reproduction of the cover statuette, "the bird girl (of Savanah)." Beautifully written, and so atmospheric.

Aug 13, 2012
  • taylori rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

With time on my hands, found it a good summertime read--humor, gossip and not a lot of suspense.

Jul 10, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I finally read the book of the movie which i love. So glad I did, it's a bit different and so much richer than the movie. Having been to Savannah once before it just made me desperately want to go back and since i love history the detail-oriented Berendt delivers in a big way. The narrative does drag a little at parts but the little tibits that keep popping up in different chapters are worth it and help to understand the whole story (so don't skim!). I read this for book club and would recommend for other book clubs, lots to talk about here.

Jul 12, 2011
  • MadReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a true-crime novel but that's easy to forget. Not as graphic or in your face as an Ann Rule style true-crime novel, Midnight is more about Savannah and it's sense of place and the true characters that inhabit the southern city than the murder that takes place.

Feb 24, 2011
  • teacupfaerie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A rich tapestry of characters, location, and tone. An interesting book, 1994 Lambda Award winner.

Jun 02, 2010
  • tegan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't regularly read non-fiction, but wow - this book really drew me in. I still can't quite believe that this novel is based on a real story. The book takes you to the city of Savannah, circa 1980s, and introduces you to a range of over-the-top characters, through the eyes of John Berendt, author. The first half of the book introduces you to all of the fabulous characters and the beauty of Savannah and the second half takes you through the murder trial. The book is not a mystery by any means, but rather a glimpse into another place: Savannah, where they "just happen to like things exactly the way they are."

Dec 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finalist 1995 Pulitzer prize.


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