Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (Unabridged)
by John Berendt
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Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex". These are some of the real residents of Savannah, Georgia, a city whose eccentric mores are unerringly observed, and whose dirty linen is gleefully aired, in this utterly irresistible audio. At once a true-crime murder story and a hugely entertaining and deliciously perverse travelogue, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is as bracing and intoxicating as half-a-dozen mint juleps.
Much better than the movie -- a fascinating look at Savannah life
This book is credited by many as the reason for the tremendous increase in tourism interest in Savannah in recent years. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 216 consecutive weeks. There is a reason. It is a great book!
Don't think that if you have seen the movie, you know what the book is about. Yes, the movie was based on the book, but very loosely. The book gives a fascinating, in depth look at several unique personalities, as well as the city itself. If you haven't been to Savannah, reading this book will make you want to go. Best of all, it is based on real characters and real events -- it is not a novel.
Such a great book
This was the second time I read it (first time as audiobook) and it always surprises me how much I enjoy it. It just so darn good! Every character in this book plays such an important part in making the story so successful. I just love it!