Kinx's Book Nook: Throwback Thursday (5): Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Throwback Thursday (5): Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

My Throwback Thursday:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt Published in 1994

From Goodreads:

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 is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

I love this book and I usually don't read nonfiction. When you read this book, you can't believe the people are real and not fictional characters. It is a fun read!


  1. I've heard mixed reviews so I kinda avoided it when it first came out. I never saw the movie either it wasn't my cup of tea at the time but now years down the road is sounds really interesting I had to add it to my TBR list. Great choice.
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    1. I highly recommend it. I picked it for one of my book club selections. Most everyone enjoyed it.


  2. I need to add this to my To Be ReRead (TBRR?) pile. Love the movie too.

  3. ooohhhh!!!
    It seems so mysterious and intriguing!!
    I might have to check this one out!

    Thanks for sharing


    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book,crazed girl


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