MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by JOHN BERENDT
What an imagination this author has!!! I think out of all the books I’ve read for this project, this one has the most vibrant and interesting characters. Some parts kind of read like something you’d read in the newspaper, but mostly the author constructs a world out of a small town named Savannah that has cementries as parks and a vibrant homosexual community. I don’t want to give away the ending, but there’s a murder trial that just lasts forever and in the end the person finally gets acquitted. I would really like to visit Georgia now, and eat peaches while sitting on a tombstone bench just like in this story.
The man accused of murder throws really “fabulous” parties. It got me thinking about whether I would go to someone’s house who was accused of murder just for a party. I mean, I do love special parties as much as the next person who also loves special parties, but it doesn’t feel right to go to a party thrown by a maybe murderer. Especially around Christmas! But then again maybe that’s the only time to go to a party thrown by a maybe murderer. But then again, how special can a party be anyway. I mean, the most special parties have good-looking people dressed up nice who are telling great stories while everyone eats mini lobster rolls. That’s pretty much the height of the valley right there. Back in the day, a great party beginned and ended with orgies but I’m too old now for a room full of naked people to be interesting, or even pleasant. I guess the only way to beat it would be to serve jumbo! lobster rolls. Someone should do that. Maybe me.