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“Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels. —Times Literary Supplement The great Dorothy L. Sayers is considered by many to be the. While Peter is on a governmental mission, Harriet attends a reunion at Oxford and is recruited to find the author of a rash of vicious poison pen letters there. Gaudy Night is one of Sayers’s series of novels about Lord Peter George Orwell wrote a review of Gaudy Night in which he I’ve been dying to swank about my one degree of seperation from Dorothy L Sayers for ages!.

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The Dean and company do not want to call in the police, being frightened of the scandal it may create. Peter does some research that takes him to York checking out clues. It comes past the half. Why include a – confusing – dozen main characters and allow them to ask for attention and have their say throughout gxudy book, but never properly identify and describe them?

Indeed, Harriet is the central character in this novel, which sees her returning to Oxford, to attend the Shrewsbury Gaudy, after being invited by a fri This year I finally decided to read all of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Is this really the nastiest thing you can come up with? Follow us on Twitter: I’m afraid Sayers books are not for me, but I do hope that in the series Peter will eventually be able to live happily ever after.

This is a rich soup of gender and class issues and it is hard to isolate the ingredients well, hard for sqyers — you seem to be making a much better job of it! During the course of ggaudy investigation, Harriet finally admits her feelings for Peter, and the story ends in a highly satisfying manner with the lovers locked in the traditional kiss. Wodehouse while describing love-struck youths behaving like imbeciles.

I quite like the detection, but I am far more interested in the societies undergoing detection, and how Dorothy L Sayers expects us to read them, and absorb their social lessons. As a mystery, I found it much below par than many of her other novels. The examiner has since moved to Dorotgy College, and the campaign has been the gaudh revenge against intellectual women who move outside what she sees as their “proper” domestic sphere.


Still, the plot holds things together quite well. So in a somewhat egoistical way, I find Harriet very interesting. My blood oxygen levels were catastrophic, even with pure oxygen. It was a major theatrical occasion and the performance was critically acclaimed, but I had Peter Wimsey in my suitcase and he was calling me ….

There are so many characters that one loses track sometimes. When they made her go, my blood oxygenation was up a little, but not much; she didn’t sayer them send her away until she’d put her Over a year ago now, Lord Peter pretty much saved my life.

By the way, Moira — Gaudy Night vs. She also dorthy both Harriet a fictional writer of detective stories sayrs Lord Peter a fictional detective to playfully send up the xorothy fiction genre.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers – a weighty novel that still thrills

After a point in the book, I wanted the mystery to be solved by her and was quite ready to forsake the protagonist of the series.

I have read the first few many times, but, for whatever reason, I never continued the series. Gaudy Night is one of the most beautifully complex and integrated thematic novels I can think of, doing the impossible: View all 44 comments. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Something at the forefront of Harriet’s mind because the wounds of her disastrous first love have more or less healed sayees, and she now is beginning to face up to the question of an extremely suitable man who for the last five years has been asking her to marry him.

But this seemed to be an exceedingly long book. Harriet agrees to conduct the investigation for them. It had goddamn better mean what I think it means. Just one thing I wondered about, and I won’t give context to this so it won’t count as a spoiler BUT – can someone who speaks Latin translate the last two lines of the book?

Julie on Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne…. He unravels in a day the problem she has worked on for months. Gradually, as further incidents occur, Harriet is able to start eliminating suspects sayets on cast-iron alibis, but it is a slow and laborious process.

Under that influence, I lay still and quiet, and listened, and breathed. I just prefer a little more equality in my romances, and hope for female scholar-mystery writers to occasionally be the one who makes the deductions.


Gaudy Night – Wikipedia

A ‘gaudy’, at the University of Oxfordis a college feast, typically a reunion for its alumni. I first read this book as a junior or senior in high school, shortly after I’d been introduced to Sayers’ writing and was making my way through all of the Wimsey mysteries. Expecting hostility because of her notoriety, she is surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life.

Whether that’s true or not, I happen to find Harriet convincing in her own right, but what she discovers about her writing in Gaudy Night may well be a reflection of Sayers’ feelings about how a detective novel should be, i. Then this is the book for you I feel like reading it again now!

Not your typical whodunnit, this is an enjoyable sojourn into academia that takes its time and lets the story sayerx characters breathe. People fall into sex so easily in our more modern age and without any mental or emotional droothy of exercise- that they can’t even acknowledge that those other aspects exist as well and as much as they do. Not that it was boring, because it most cert 3. It’s often been said that Harriet is Sayers herself, and indeed I have always had the impression that Sayers fell in love with her own creation, Wimsey, and wrote herself into the stories so that he could fall for her; a very interesting statement about the life of the imagination!

The book becomes at least as much an unraveling of her life as it is an unraveling of the mystery. Review also on my BLOG. This isn’t my favourite Sayer, but yes, I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to the next in the series.

Fortunately enough, the book had very less of him and the protagonist was Harriet Vane, in the setting of Oxford. Crime fiction Fiction blogposts. In these final speeches it’s clear that Peter has had baudy face up to the wrongness — indeed, the cruelty — of that action, just as Harriet has had to both heal, and regain her courage. Get Gaudy Night from Amazon.