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24.11.2012 18:00 to 20:00
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Hi all, my turn again to pick a book...the first time around, I picked Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, so I stick with the "midnight" theme and propose to you one of my favorite books of all times:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
by John Berendt.

From Amazon: It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. 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.

I challenge you to figure out (without cheating!) which character is a real person, who also plays him/herself in the movie made from the book.

Hope to see all of you there!

Venue: Maison Blunt, Gasometerstrasse 5, 8005 Zurich.
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Atna, sorry about that. As written in the thread, unfortunately we had a bit of a last-minute issue with Stall 6 (never happened before). Due to some protests going on just outside Stall 6, of which they themselves were not aware in advance, and which we found out just the day before, we had to think quickly and change the venue.

Hopefully this time all will go smoothly, the reservation has already been made
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Fellow readers, I hope you will enjoy this book. I read it the first time a few years back, then it was lent to a few people, and finally made its way back to me. I've dug it out again from a corner of my parents' library, and as soon as I started reading the first few pages, it felt like coming home.

I know these characters, I like them and the familiar feeling they bring. I think this book feels like a traditional, extended family dinner - all orderly, all nice and proper, and then you start digging up everyone's secrets and skeletons in the closet, and nothing is ever as "proper" as it looked at first.

With a good bottle of Madeira and some low-country cooking, since we are in Savannah.

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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

the book is on it's way to me, the Madeira too
I look forward to start in this one, it sounds promising! and I take up all of BokerTov challenges, of course...


and yes, it is recommendable to always make a last minute check on the social event thread in case anything has changed re venue - it's our only official communication channel
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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Having read a few chapters in I feel like I would quite like to visit Savannah now. Seems to be a bizzare but fascinating place!
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Old 09.11.2012, 15:58
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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I haven't been to Savannah but to similar places in the south of USA and absolutely agree. they seem to be innately literary settings!
also great scenery for movies, by the way.

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Having read a few chapters in I feel like I would quite like to visit Savannah now. Seems to be a bizzare but fascinating place!
Just like the people...bizarre but fascinating

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I haven't been to Savannah but to similar places in the south of USA and absolutely agree. they seem to be innately literary settings!
also great scenery for movies, by the way.
Savannah is on my absolute to-go list as soon as I have a long weekend in the US!
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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Lovely seeing/meeting everyone.

1- I do have access to "renting" the movie through my US iTunes account, so if there is interest, I can host a little watching party. Perhaps with some low country Savannah-ish snacks

2- Goodreads is the site that I use to track books I've read/want to read and get new ideas http://www.goodreads.com/ (if you join and want to be my "friend", let me know by PM)

3- I posted the new event for January for Cloud Atlas - I couldn't find the cafe suggested, so maybe I had the name wrong - DK?

have a great rest of the weekend!
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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

a particularly cosy evening lat night, so pleasant in fact, that some of us spontaneously decided to "prolong" the fun at the pub next door

@ BOKER TOV
THANKS AGAINS SO MUCH FOR STARTING THE CLUB, FOR YOUR PASSION AND WARMTH AND FOR MAKING US ALL FEEL AT HOME JUST BY TALKING ABOUT BOOKS. YOU ARE A VERY SPECIAL PERSON AND I WISH FOR YOU THAT ALL YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DREAMS BECOME TRUE!

Guys, although I'm sad to see our wonderful Boker Tov go, I know she will be watching on our Book Club from the the other side of the Ocean, as our "Godmother"

WE'LL BE EXPECTING PICTURES FROM SAVANNAH, AS PROMISED !!!

A BIG, BIG HUG AND ALL THE BEST
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Venice, I could not say it better than you. I feel sad to let Boker Tov go, but at the same time happy to see how her child, our book club, is developing. The real value is not discussing the book, but also getting to know one another and exchanging ideas s about the most important things in life.
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Re: Zürich Book Club - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Guys, I got around to getting back to this thread only now - December was a bit hectic, to put it mildly (even my friend told me "You are taking the plane like we take the tram" ). But I wanted to thank you for everything - the nice meetings, the great contributions and company, and most of all, for carrying it forwards.

Related but unrelated - while I was a few days away with my mom, I was telling her about our last book club meeting, and I mentioned the book/movie that Venice told us about, "The Help". She said: of course, we have it at home (what?????), great book, so I opened it and read more than 500 pages in 2 days. It is THAT good!

Happy holiday reading to everyone!
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