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Mezzanotte nel giardino del bene e del male (1994)
di John Berendt
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Savannah, la vieja ciudad sureña del añejo esplendor georgiano, es la verdadera protagonista de esta novela de misterio.
¿Libro de viajes o novela de misterio? Quizá ambas cosas a la vez, pues la protagonista, vieja dama que conserva aún la singular belleza de su decadencia, es una geografía que explorar y un ente vivo cuya placidez puede tornarse tragedia. La vieja dama es Savannah, la ciudad sureña del añejo esplendor georgiano. Hoy tiene alrededor de doscientos mil habitantes y un displicente aire provinciano. Sus viejas mansiones, como ahogadas en un bosque de magnolios, dan ese toque de Edén en el que no puede faltar el diablo. Porque también en Savannah hay, parafraseando a Brassens, «hermosos asesinatos».
Savannah is my second favorite city in the world so when I heard about this book I snapped it up. The murder that the book is based upon is really secondary to the quirky characters and beauty that are old Savannah. Genteel old men to the voodoo priestess, all are Savannah. The murder trial is even written in a warm, humorous and almost other worldly prose that typifies the city. No matter what genre you enjoy, this book will leave you wanting to return to Savannah or visit it a first time.
This was a really interesting book displaying unique people. Hands down, Lady Chablis was the best. I loved the way she talked and moved her body. I was not prepared for the court room drama part, it was both intriguing and frustrating, but I'm glad Berendt broke up the sections with other interesting things like the debutante ball and Minerva's sections.
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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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"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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Sistema Decimale Melvil (DDC)975.8724 — History and Geography North America Southeastern U.S. Georgia Southeast Georgia Chatham/Effingham Counties Chatham County/Savannah (Georgia)
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