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John Berendt
Birth date: December 05, 1939
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 10 months ago
When I was around two thirds in, I started idly concocting a review in my brain, about how the almost surreal elements and characters was what gave this narrative such a verisimilitude. Cue me over the 80% mark, just going to search for a detail, and finding out this is nonfiction. Sure, there are a...
Lynn Horton Books
Lynn Horton Books rated it 10 months ago
My first trip to Venice was with my daughter, celebrating her 21st birthday. It was late August, overrun with tourists, unbelievably hot, and we hated it. On our second trip, several years later for a week in October, we fell in love with Venice.Berendt's book is an engaging look at the catastrophic...
Linda Hilton
Linda Hilton rated it 2 years ago
Not all mysteries involve murder. Not all ghosts were once human. Bewitchment can be enchanting. And monsters lurk everywhere. John Berendt conjures up a gallery of intriguing characters for this magical tour of Venice in the aftermath of the 1996 fire that gutted the historic La Fenice Opera H...
Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it 3 years ago
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...
VictoriaNickers
VictoriaNickers rated it 3 years ago
One of the best "true crime" book I have ever read. Every inch of the story is fascinating. It reads like a novel. I had to keep reminding myself that it was, in fact, a true crime book. From the very first chapter I felt drawn in. I immediately wanted to go to Savannah and see it for myself. So oft...
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