Midnight in Savannah: Sexual Indiscretions in the Deep Southby Darwin Porter
Midnight in Savannah is the deliberately more explicit, and more entertaining alternative to the John Berendt / Clint Eastwood Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. For more than a year after its appearance in 2000, it was one of the best-selling GLBT books in the Deep South. Midnight in Savannah skillfully incorporates Carson McCullers, Pamela Harriman, Libby
Midnight in Savannah is the deliberately more explicit, and more entertaining alternative to the John Berendt / Clint Eastwood Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. For more than a year after its appearance in 2000, it was one of the best-selling GLBT books in the Deep South. Midnight in Savannah skillfully incorporates Carson McCullers, Pamela Harriman, Libby Holman, the City of Savannah, and references to Georgia's most famous (recent) murder into one delectable whole. This book is not altogether straight, but it certainly isn't altogether gay, either. Pan-sexual and Southern might be its best description, permeated throughout with a morality that's more than a bit untidy. But considering what tends to happen after dark in Savannah, who cares? Darwin Porter is a native-born Southerner who's also the author of two of America's best-selling travel guides Frommer's Guide to Savannah and Frommer's Guide to The Carolinas and Georgia. Midnight in Savannah evolved from his intense exposure to that city, and to his belief that John Berendt only told a fraction of the real story. Midnight in Savannah is a steamy romp that explores the sexuality of one of the Old South's most bizarre cities. The New York Blade. In Midnight, both Lavender Morgan ('At 72, the world's oldest courtesan') and Tipper Zelda ('an obese, fading chanteuse taunted as the black widow') purchase lust from sexually conflicted young men with drop-dead faces, chiseled bodies, and genetically gifted crotches. These women once relied on their physicality to steal the hearts and fortunes of the world's richest and most powerful men. Now, as they slide closer every day to joining the corpses of their former husbands, these once-beautiful women must depend, in a perverse twist of fate, on sexual outlaws for le petit mort. And to survive, the hustlers must idle their personal dreams while struggling to cajole what they need from a sexual liaison they detest. Mendacity reigns. Perversity in extremis. Physical beauty as living hell. Cat on A Hot Tin Roof's Big Daddy must be spinning in his grave right now. Eugene Raymond, staff writer for After Dark.
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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.
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.