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Medianoche en el jardín del bien y del mal (1994)

por John Berendt

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"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: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling southern city is certain to become a modern classic."--Jacket.… (más)
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There was so much exposition in the beginning in order for us to get to know the characters, that it was nearly halfway before the conflict began to be discussed. I understand why the author chose to do it this way, however, waiting that long made the book drag on a little too long. I enjoyed hearing about the crazy characters in Savannah, but I wish we could have learned about them a little more naturally within the context of the plot versus in the almost vignette style of the first half of the book. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
The true story of the murder that shocked Savannah society and inspired Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film. This book dives deeper into the infamous slaying of Danny Hansford and the multiple murder trials of his lover, Jim Williams, filling in knowledge gaps with photos, exclusive new interviews, and crucial testimony that recreates the courtroom battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat.

I'm just not a fan of true crime. ( )
  Gmomaj | Mar 24, 2021 |
Not quite as good as all the reviews lead me to believe but still an entertaining read. There are some wonderful characters that appear to be works of pure ficton, they are so outrageous. John Berendt seems to have a knack for drawing out many intimate secrets from his 'subjects'. And Savannah also seems to become a character in itself so vivid are the descriptions. My issue with the book is that it takes so long for the 'crime' to be committed and I was becoming a bit bored with all the character sketches. ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Only 5 stars because I lived in Savannah at the time-knew the people and places within- and met my husband while reading it. ( )
  Betsy_Crumley | Jan 28, 2021 |
Just page after page of pure Southern Gothic decadence. This was every bit as engrossing as it was the first time I read it a number of years ago. ( )
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Elegant and wicked.... Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.
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Berendt, Johnautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Carson, Carol DevineDiseñador de cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Heald, AnthonyNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Woodman, JeffNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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He was tall, about fifty, with darkly handsome, almost sinister features: a neatly trimmed mustache, hair turning silver at the temples, and eyes so black they were like the tinted windows of a sleek limousine—he could see out, but you couldn't see in.
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These, then, were the images in my mental gazetteer of Savannah: rum-drinking pirates, strong-willed women, courtly manners, eccentric behaviour, gentle words, and lovely music. That and the beauty of the name itself: Savannah.
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"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: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling southern city is certain to become a modern classic."--Jacket.

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