John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. How many years in all did you live there? I was not as easily recognizable by face and name in Italy as in America, but Midnight was quite well known there, as both a book and a film under the name Mezzanotte nel giardino del bene del male. Is Midnight truly Williams's story, and if not, who is its real protagonist? Have you ever wanted to read something you knew would be rich, fascinating and true? It's a pleasure reading and a good one to have read. 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. Is Berendt saying anything about the façades that all of us adopt in order to survive? Williams was finally acquitted, but the main interest of the story for many readers has been the wealth of exquisitely drawn incidental characters from every level of society and the artfully woven anecdotes that create a tapestry of Savannah. These are only a few, but the more these people were described the more I hated them and the less I cared about them.
Clint Eastwood's direction is full of colour and yet it is centred on the murder of Billy Hanson by Jim Williams. What beliefs underlie her magic? A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. Eastwood made good use of the tree-lined streets and historic squares, and several scenes were shot at Mercer House itself Williams's mansion, built in the 1860s by Hugh W. Well, that's just the mind-blower. The impact of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on has been greater than that of any other book in the city's history. Unless otherwise stated, this interview was conducted at the time the book was first published, and is reproduced with permission of the publisher.
I won't even mention the drag queen! However, after doing some research, as I thought the book too good to be true, I found out that much of the book especially the timeline was completely fabricated. Women like Vera Dutton Strong, Emma Adler, Serena Dawes and Claire Moultrie are delights on the page but omitted from the film because of their irrelevance to the main plot. Savannahians filled many minor roles and rounded out crowd and party scenes. What beliefs underlie her magic? Goodbar murder is also a narrative retelling of a true crime. He even began an extramarital affair with a woman named Robin Benedict. It's about the people in Savannah and the nature of Savannah and what makes Savannah, Savannah.
This interview may not be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the copyright holder. Danny Hansford is only one of the many people whose violent deaths we learn about in the course of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. With the excellent characters who need very little work in making into the mild side of bizzare and a true story that had the twists and turns written for him, John Berendt does a wonderful job of bringing it all together with the particular social history of the area and producing a very entertaining and enthralling read. Critical Reception of the book almost unanimously praised the quality of the writing. I think the book could have been equally as good without the changes and I'm not sure why they were introduced. Simply put, I write true stories in the style of short stories and novels.
What vision of gender does this book impart to us? 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. Berendt truly brings to life Jim Williams and his house Mercer House , his experiences, his trade, his peoples, his parties, his personalities. He took an apartment and for eight years lived off and on in the city, interviewing locals and gathering material. The loss of the Fenice Opera House is important to the story of The City of Falling Angels and to the history of Venice. Hall as Minerva, and Eastwood's daughter Alison as Mandy Nichols a romantic interest of Odom in the book, of Kelso in the movie. Venetians who can trace their lineage back hundreds of years feel almost a physical connection to Venice, to its history and culture. Some critics attacked the book upon its release, as Capote assigned thoughts and feelings to real people.
There didn't appear to be a fluid tale coming out. Others hailed it as a work of genius. How successful are Minerva's efforts compared to those of more conventional specialists? With a book the author has no such trouble. Jazz musician and Savannah native had a small role as Mr. Note: This book is true. It is almost immediately obvious that Jim Williams is gay and that Danny is his gigolo, but no one comments on this until the first murder trial.
Did you find that you were as easily recognized by face or name while in Italy? I loved reading all of that. Yet the author sweeps Williams offstage after one chapter and we do not encounter him again until the end of Chapter 11, when we learn that he shot Danny Hansford. How fortunate in being able to see the same story so successfully treated in two genres. The characters and the message stick with you as well. I love it every time! Do you come away from this book believing that Williams is guilty of murder? To what extent are his characters defined by the homes they live in and the objects they use to furnish them? But this book needs to be better described. What was it like returning to the United States afterward? Capote was fascinated by the small town of Holcomb, Kansas—which is where the murders took place—and what began as a short piece for The New Yorker soon blossomed into an entire book. A morose inventor who owns a bottle of poison powerful enough to kill everyone in town.
You name it, he's got it. How does the evidence that surfaces during his trials reinforce or contradict the impression that Berendt conveys elsewhere in the book? Have you been surprised by their success? Just thinking about it, makes me want to read it again. Williams's greatest fear seems to be that his mother will learn the truth about his sexual orientation. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic. What roles do homosexuality and homophobia play in this book? In what way can the belief systems of the book's other characters be described as magical? Overall Again I state, this is not a bad book. Is Midnight truly Williams's story, and if not, who is its real protagonist? In what way does Savannah's attitude toward its dead seem more pagan than Christian? And the longer the family line the greater feeling of pride.