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review 2019-09-02 18:32
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is advertised as a true crime classic and while a big part of the book is about the Jim Williams murder trial, I didn´t get the impression that the main focus of this book lies on the murder trial or the actual mystery surrounding the murder.

 

This book is more about beautiful Savannah and the people Behrendt has met while being a resident of the town. And oh my, these people are eccentrics in the very best kind of way. It was such a joy reading about these weird characters and their antics and Behrendt never describes them in a mean or disparaging way. Add to this that I absolutely fell in love with his descriptions of Savannah. After reading this book, I really want to visit this town sometime. 

 

So in the end I really loved reading this book, not because of it´s true crime content, but because of Behrendts storytelling. And because it was such an entertaining read.

 

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text 2019-09-01 11:07
Reading progress update: I've read 386 out of 386 pages.
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

Halloween Bingo is off to a good start. I really loved reading this book.

 

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text 2019-09-01 08:27
Reading progress update: I've read 328 out of 386 pages.
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

Lady Chablis crashing the African American debutante ball is hilarious. She is such an amazing character.

 

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text 2019-08-31 15:24
Reading progress update: I've read 196 out of 386 pages.
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

"Someday I will shoot a man!" said Serena. "God knows I already tried!" She lifted a pearl-handed revolver out of her purse and held it daintily by its chrome-plated muzzle. "Just ask my former sweetheart, Shelby Grey. I wanted like hell to shoot him! I begged him to let me do it! I didn´t want to kill him, of course. I only wanted to shoot him in the toe, just to give him something to remember me by. But the coward wouldn´t hold still! I blew a hole in the air conditioner."

"You ... shot him?" Mrs. Carter said, wide-eyed.

"I missed."

"How fortunate."

Serena sighed. "Not for dear Shelby. Now he has nothing of any permanence to remind him of my love. [...]"

 

LoL! This seems to be typical small talk at a party for the rich in Georgia ...   

 

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text 2019-08-29 06:22
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 386 pages.
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil - John Berendt

Behrendt has just met a salesman in store, who has only painted one eye with purple eye shadow:

 

"He didn´t like this," the salesman said, pointing to his left eye. "I don´t do drag or anything sick like that. I just do my eyes. I used to do my other eye the same way too. The boss told me to stop, and I was all set out to walk out the door and never come back. But then I figured, `Wait a minute. He never gets out of that chair, see, and my desk is over by his left side. If I only do the eye away from him, maybe he´ll never notice.´ That was two years ago and he ain´t said nothing since."

 

The next day Behrendt is talking to the boss himself:

 

"Jack´s a good man," he said, speaking of his salesman. "Best I´ve ever seen. He´s a strange one, though. He´s a loner. This shop and everything in it is his whole life. I call him `Jack the One-eyed Jill´ - not to his face, of course. He used to put that eye makeup on both eyes, you know. God, it looked awful. I told him `I can´t have this in my shop! No more or you´re out!´ So what did he do? Came in the next day not wearin´ any eye makeup at all as far as I could tell. But he was walkin´ sideways around the store like a damned crab, twistin´ this way and that. Then he went past a mirrored wardrobe, and I saw it plain as day: He´d put the makeup on the other eye."

 

All the people the author is meeting in this book are absolutely eccentric. Which makes this a fun read so far, as least most of the time. The creepy guy with the flies, who I have encountered a couple of pages later, isn´t that much fun.

 

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