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Posted July 20, 2000
I read John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and most recently Darwin Porter's Midnight in Savannah. Of course, the former is non-fiction and the latter a novel and therefore shouldn't be compared, but I felt Porter's novel was far more enthralling. Berendt in his Midnight book seemed 'closeted,' whereas Porter tells a rip-roaring tale of life in Savannah today that held me mesmerized. It's neither straight nor gay, but pan-sexual. Other critics have noted that it grips like a boa constrictor, and it also has the year's most outrageous cover. This is both a tragic and comic book, filled with pathos, love, hate, violence, greed, and even brutal murder. It was a storming good read and decidedly decadent. Porter always has a morality in his writing that's a bit untidy, and I've loved his work for that very reason. He does not write for Aunt Pittypat, although Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler would love his work of novels. It's all about skullduggery in Savannah, along with clandestine mayhem and bloody revenge. He sweeps the reader along in this glittering saga filled with diabolical surprises.
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Posted October 5, 2014
Stupid, stupid book. The timeline makes no sense at all, the characters are caricatures of famous people and by the end of the first chapter, the original book has been mentioned and disparaged a number of times. I have read one other book by this author which was excellent, but this one is crap.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.