Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story (Book, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story

Author: John Berendt
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, 1999 ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Fiction : English : First Vintage Books editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"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.  Read more...
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Named Person: Jim Williams; Jim Williams
Material Type: Biography, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Berendt
ISBN: 0679751521 9780679751526
OCLC Number: 1251793809
Description: 386 pàgines ; 21 cm
Contents: Evening in Mercer house --
Destination unknown --
Sentimental gentleman --
Settling in --
Inventor --
Lady of six thousand songs --
Grand empress of Savannah --
Sweet Georgia Brown's --
Walking streak of sex --
It ain't braggin' if y'really done it --
News flash --
Gunplay --
Checks and balances --
Party of the year --
Civic duty --
Trial --
Hole in the floor --
Midnight in the garden of good and evil --
Lafayette square, we are here --
Sonny --
Notes on a rerun --
Pod --
Lunch --
Black minuet --
Talk of the town --
Another story --
Lucky number --
Glory --
And the angels sing
Responsibility: John Berendt.

Abstract:

"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: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling southern city is certain to become a modern classic." - Prové de l'editor.

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