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John Berendt (born December 5, 1939) is an American author, known for writing the bestselling nonfiction book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. He grew up in Syracuse, New York and majored in English at Harvard mostra'n més University. Berendt was once the editor of New York Magazine, and he also made a living by writing and editing for several magazines, with a regular column in Esquire. Berendt began traveling frequently experiencing his first trip to Savannah in 1982. After several return trips, he made Savannah his primary home. The best selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is Berendt's account of living in Savannah with the mix of people ranging from well-bred socialites to outrageous black drag queens. One morning, Berendt was informed that Jim Williams, an antique dealer and owner of the Mercer House, had shot his housemate Danny Hansford. The story centers around the murder and the bizarre events following the shooting that led to Williams' four murder trials, a Georgia record. Berendt is also the author of The City of Fallen Angels, which is set in Venice. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de John Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1993) 14,943 exemplars, 290 ressenyes
The City of Falling Angels (2005) 4,134 exemplars, 98 ressenyes
My Baby Blue Jays (2011) 407 exemplars, 5 ressenyes

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Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah (1996) — Introducció, algunes edicions256 exemplars, 8 ressenyes
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [1997 film] (1998) — Original book — 189 exemplars
An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (2014) — Col·laborador — 73 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
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Literary Savannah (1998) — Col·laborador — 39 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars, 1 ressenya
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This was too many stories all jumbled together. I get that there were some fascinating characters but this needed editing down by at least half. The Williams case was interesting, but not the most interesting. Chablis deserved her own book.
ilkjen | Hi ha 289 ressenyes més | Jun 25, 2024 |
loved it. The city, the people the "mystery" was a minor player but it all added up to a good read
cspiwak | Hi ha 289 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |
I ran across a news article about 2024 being the 30th anniversary of this book and giving some detail about it. Shortly after that a copy appeared in our Little Free Library, and some friends highly recommended it as well. Of course I had heard of the hype over it some years back, but had never gotten around to reading it. So I decided it was finally time to do that. It did not meet my expectations, which admittedly, were probably a bit higher than they should have been.

The book was alright and while I didn't find it riveting, it was somewhat entertaining, or informative at least. As all sources had indicated, it was truly more of a memoir of a particular period in Savannah society and a few of the upper crust and those who were involved with them. In covering the murder case of a troubled young man and his accused murderer, a high end antiques dealer; it managed to paint a portrait for us of Savannah in the 1970's and 80's.

The writing style was adequate and straightforward, with no frills. As the author had written magazine articles for many years, this makes perfectly good sense. That style is just what we find in the book, as well.

Events, details and descriptions were laid out matter of factly, with no pretense at suspense or complex story lines.

And so the story of Jim Williams, Danny Hansford and 8 years of jury trials, with descriptions of Savannah, and some if its inhabitants woven in, unfolds for us to its denouement.
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shirfire218 | Hi ha 289 ressenyes més | Mar 4, 2024 |
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. Interesting, funny, readable, but not amazing or life-changing. Failed to make me think.
caedocyon | Hi ha 289 ressenyes més | Feb 23, 2024 |



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