Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt


What a pity this book ended. I must find a way to visit this beautiful city of Savannah.

The story is about the trial of Jim Williams, a Savannah’s socialite and an international antiques dealer, crazy by the famous Faberge eggs, which was accused of the murder of Danny Handsford.

After had discovered that a super-saver fare to Savannah cost the same as an entree in a Manhattan restaurant, the author spent eight years fitting between these two cities. In this way, his travelogue is intertwined with Williams’ story that have been tried four times in a middle of a legal battle.

A remarkable piece of work by John Berendt and I am looking forward to read more books by this author.

Below, some wonderful houses in the Victorian District in Savannah: Williams’ Mercer house, Lee and Emma Adler House and The Hamilton-Turner house mentioned to this book.

But what about the Bird Girl Statue?

According to Wikipedia, “only four statues were made from the original plaster cast.

The first went to the Massachusetts garden.

The second was sent to Washington, D.C., and is now located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The third was purchased by a family in Lake Forest and has never relocated.

The fourth and most famous statue was bought by a family in Savannah, Georgia, who named it Little Wendy and set it up at her family’s plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.”

A film adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in 1997, directed by Clint Eastwood, where Kevin Spacey played the role of Jim Williams.

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