My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My wife LOVES Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. When we met, I had neither read the book or watched the movie. Since she brought it up enough while we were dating, I decided to give John Berendt a shot.
Loved the book (MitGoGaE) and didn’t like the movie (which was disappointing because I love Clint Eastwood and John Cusack.)
The love of that book led me to read this one.
The problem with writing novels based on actual events that you are around for is that you run the risk that nothing interesting can happen. In The City of Falling Angels, events happen. The characters (the people) are all described in depth and the location is also painted in detail.
Note that lack of the “interesting” in my descriptions, though.
Interview with a Vampire made me want to visit New Orleans. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil made me want to visit Savannah. The City of Falling Angels didn’t make me want to visit Venice… it made me want to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil again.