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review 2018-09-20 02:59
First half to see good, then the shots are fired
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

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 artistic licenses, but in essence?

 

I love it when knowing absolutely nothing about a book pays up in such ways.

 

As I mentioned previously in an update, the general tone reminded me a lot of latinoamerican writing. This has a lot to do with the conservative (and quirky) societies that brew in relatively small, isolated towns. You have the sedate and beautiful surface, and the decades, generations, long ugly undercurrents. Everyone "behaves" in public out of a certain need for society and peace, and whomever "pops" may as well go the whole nine-yards and wear it like a flag.

 

So, that's basically the aim: to illustrate Savannah. The plot as it were serves the theme. We go into the deep ugly undercurrents. Almost every ugly you can imagine. Sometimes you are enraged and amused at the same time from the sheer hypocrisy rampant. I spent most of the book in some queer state of entertained stupefaction because it is so grotesque you almost can't believe it. But you do. You recognize it. It is your hometown.

 

 

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text 2018-09-19 05:08
Reading progress update: I've read 260 out of 386 pages.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

“No. As a matter of fact, when I think about it, it suits me fine. See, with all these weirdos you got filling up your book, I figure somebody’s gonna have to play the good guy, and it’s beginning to look like it’ll be me.”

 

My genre-savvy self doubts it.

 

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text 2018-09-17 04:24
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 386 pages.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

OK! Took half the book, but here we are.

 

Onto part two.

 

Joe keeps reminding me of Ana Karenina's brother

 

 

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review 2018-09-15 20:36
Wildfire at Midnight
Wildfire at Midnight - Mary Stewart

This was an interesting first dip into the works of Mary Stewart. 

 

Stewart created an atmosphere for the story that was almost tangible. It beautifully written and very much made me feel like I was there, on Skye, on a overcast day, just waiting for the clouds to break. 

 

Unfortunately, the main characters and the utterly implausible, ridiculous plot left the book wanting. It mostly wanted a good slap. 

 

I also wish the leading woman had pushed her ex-husband off the ferry at the end. 

 

Still, I'm keen to try another one of Stewart's.

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text 2018-09-15 20:06
Reading progress update: I've read 286 out of 325 pages.
Wildfire at Midnight - Mary Stewart

Why did you kill Heather Macrae?’

He looked to me in surprise.

‘They wanted it.’

‘They?’

‘The mountains.’

 

Whaaaa....?!?!? 

This book did not improve in the second half. Now, we're getting to read the incredible wrap-up .

 

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