Gaudy Night has ratings and reviews. Meredith said: A couple of years ago I thought (as a gesture to God saying something like, “Hey, we don. 65 quotes from Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12): ‘Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him 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.

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It’s completely outlier that I give an Oxford located or the most erudite higher class studies such a high mark. And hasn’t been for any book I’ve read that was written after about What we still read now are the ones that survived precisely because they were a cut above the others. I later found out that Sayers’ own marriage was not exactly a match made in heaven. On Disc at Amazon. It’s not that you’d regret reading Gaudy Night, it’s the first one I ever read as well, and I went on to read everything in the series.

One effect of this preoccupation is that the college academics tend a little towards being illustrative types rather than real people. She also finds an ominous note in the rolled-up sleeve of her gown.

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

And then I spotted a copy of Gaudy Night at the local used bookstore and went, “Aha! It might go to near the bone. Without laying it on with a trowel, “Gaudy Night” highlights the difference in attitudes between a withdrawn set of cloisters which need deal only with matters of philosophy and theory, and the “real world”, with practical problems to face and overcome. But its different strands are cleverly interwoven and the result transcends genre; it is a much more sophisticated work than Sayers’ straight detective novels.

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Snow ‘s The Searchand sound views on counterpoint versus harmony. Peter is superior to Harriet in every single way. 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.


It was gloriously summer. Not coincidentally, Edward Petherbridge slightly overshadows Ian Carmichael in my affections, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read Gaudy Night without sympathising wholly with Harriet’s realisation of her own feelings.

Gaudy Night: Episode One

Sayers, after reading the book I realised that I should have read a few preceding books as to get a clearer understanding of what’s happening in his life.

Harriet Vane Edward Petherbridge Lord Peter is relatively scarce, so Harriet is center stage for most of the story.

Miss Lydgate Charmian May At the end of the book, Harriet Vane finally accepts Wimsey’s proposal of marriage. What he finds is that one member of the staff had reason to seek vengeance.

Though it carries all of those things with it, Gaudy Night is also a cracking detective story: The few weeks are drawn out into months, and the mystery draws her deeper and deeper into its coils. I love the dialogue re: Season 1 Episode 8. When he gave me the book, therefore, I droothy him vaguely and forgot all about it until, halfway through the train journey home and in lieu of alternative entertainment this was during the pre-smartphone eraI dug it out and cracked the spine.

Views Read Edit View history. Not your typical whodunnit, this is an enjoyable sojourn into academia that takes its time and lets the story and characters breathe. Gaudy Night is not compelling purely as a mystery, would dkrothy disappoint anyone who tried to read it just as a romance, and canvasses some ideas which are no longer so salient.

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Sayers and her own set of classmates were simply decades ahead of the rest of the world. And so the voids for the “missing parts” expand for the easy fallers. When transferred to the screen, this results in poor Wimsey being relegated almost to a supporting actor.

During the course of the 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.

Not that it was boring, because it most cert 3.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I think, above all, the thing I admire most in this book is the way it practices what it preaches.

Though not explicitly named, this was clearly the Abyssinia Crisisand the reference would probably have been clear to readers at the time.

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You know, I think that’s why this worked for me. Along with a mystery set in Oxford. Harriet’s resistance to Peter, rather than just feeling like frustrating UST, now made total sense, which made her gradual realization that Peter would always consider her an intellectual equal all the more satisfying.

The vicious anonymous letters are directed against the female dons who are necessarily unmarried, a requirement at the timeand cause great debates among them.

Harriet Vane returns to her alma mater at Oxford sqyers of the few women’s colleges at the time, btw to help figure out who’s been playing harmful pranks on the scholars there, and she enlists Lord Peter’s help. Did she make herself a map of Shrewsbury College? In these final speeches it’s clear that Peter has had to face up to the wrongness — indeed, the cruelty — of that action, just as Harriet has had to both heal, and regain her courage. Excellent story — I am going to read the next in the series and then maybe go back to the beginning and read them all.

Something about the way they both value their independence and their principles, and I don’t know. Sayeds while I personally find it hard to take Lord Peter seriously, at least he has the virtue of being vaguely amusing, and nowhere near the kind of pompous ass that Inspector Linley manages to be. Sayersa strong and talented writer of detective mysteries in their Golden Age of publication.

Episode One ” on Amazon. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.