Book Autopsy:

A Book Discussion Program with Marylu and Marcy

Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 PM

participants will read and discuss


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story


John Berendt

Please join facilitators Marcy and Marylu for an interesting discussion. All are welcome!

Copies of the book are available at the Nesmith Library.

From Publishers Weekly

After discovering in the early 1980s that a super-saver fare to Savannah, Ga., cost the same as an entree in a nouvelle Manhattan restaurant, Esquire columnist Berendt spent the next eight years flitting between Savannah and New York City. The result is this collection of smart, sympathetic observations about his colorful Southern neighbors, including a jazz-playing real estate shark; a sexually adventurous art student; the Lady Chablis (' "What was your name before that?" I asked. "Frank," she said.' "); the gossipy Married Woman's Card Club; and an assortment of aging Southern belles. The book is also about the wealthy international antiques dealer Jim Williams, who played an active role in the historic city's restoration--and would also be tried four times for the 1981 shooting death of 21-year-old Danny Handsford, his high-energy, self-destructive house helper. The Williams trials--he died in 1990 of a heart attack at age 59--are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

If you watch any contemporary crime drama, you know the importance of an autopsy, but what exactly is a "book autopsy"?

Questions to be asked:

--Are the characters believable?  Do they follow a full arc?  Do they make a fundamental change in their nature or do they force a change in their environment?

--Does the plot deliver?  Is it consistent?  Are parts too slow?

 --What parts of the book are confusing?  What are the best written parts?

--What is the author trying to say, if anything?

--How do our cultural upbringings affect how we read the book/like the book?




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