Southern Hospitality: John Berendt


In Atlanta, the first question is’What’s your business?’ In Macon, it is ‘Where do you go to church?’ In Augusta they want your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah , the first question is ‘What would you like to drink?’

John Berendt 1939-

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The illustration is an antebellum house in Madison, Georgia copyright: SeanPavonePhoto via Shutterstock

I have never been to Georgia except in my imagination. When I opened the pages of ‘Gone With The Wind’ at the age of thirteen, I was lost to the world for three days. I was Scarlett O’Hara through and through. And as all my class were reading it at the same time, we all pranced about the place imagining ourselves to be Southern belles. Mind you, none of us could claim to have had an 18″ waist like Scarlett, but then we didn’t have the corsets or help getting dressed that Scarlett had.

Mint julep, anyone?


About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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