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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Published inthis 12th novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey Series is a big story. Peter is learning the same thing from the other side of the coin, as Harriet refuses his proposals again and again and again and he comes to know that simply wanting nighh asking are an exercise of privilege, and not the extent of love.

The dons of Harriet Vane’s alma materthe all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford based on Sayers’ own Somerville College [2]have invited her back to attend the annual ‘ Gaudy ‘ celebrations.

When transferred to the screen, this results in poor Wimsey being relegated almost to a supporting actor. Although dororhy murder occurs in Gaudy Nightit includes a great deal gauy suspense and psychological niight.

But across a timespan of 15 years, the heroine is allowed little more than the occasional chaste peck on the cheek; for the decade or so after the end of the war the only release outlet for her emotional energy was through occasional dorithy to her irreversibly shell-shocked sweetheart mercifully killed off in the fourth or fifth book.

This is the third book with Harriet Vane, Lord Peter Wimsey’s romantic interest, and indeed Gaudy Night is more centered on her, with Wimsey, although often on her mind, not appearing until over half-way through the book. Bunter, you have a wonderful gift for impudence. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.


A ‘gaudy’, at the University of Oxfordis a college feast, typically a reunion for its alumni. When they made her go, my blood oxygenation was up a little, but not much; she didn’t let them send her away until she’d put her Over a year ago now, Lord Peter pretty much saved my life.

Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers) – book review

However, the mood turns sour when someone begins a series of malicious pranks including poison-pen messagesobscene graffitithe destruction of a set of proofs and crafting vile effigies. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a gausy by herself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This book is about her learning to use her heart again, but to do it in balance with the mind. She accepts an invitation to revisit her alma mater, a ladies’ college in Oxford. That’s the whole mystery: The woman passionately devoted to a cause. Why the heck am I sitting in this house alone day after day?

“A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery” Gaudy Night: Episode One (TV Episode ) – IMDb

Luckily, however, there are any number of other reasons. A fair bit of space is taken up by debates over the place of women in academia and over the conflicts between an academic vocation and other career options, eorothy between career and family. 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.

Rutgers University Press, pp. Jul 17, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the Gaudy, the sayera academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: This is definitely not a stock “Whodunnit”.


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Jan 22, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not that it was boring, because it most certainly was not, but there seemed to be so much ‘filler’ for lack of a better term. That moment where the physical is encapsulated within the mental or thought process flowing into unity- while looking at a brow line or the hair edging at the back of the neck which is flush from exercise.

The underplayed British humour is also there, very enjoyable as with any English novelist Agatha Christie, P. The novel has a richness and complexity befitting literature, and indeed even on second read I felt I hadn’t peeled all layers and certainly haven’t caught all the different literary and classic allusions.

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This book has so much to say to the contrary. This time, rereading with an eye toward the dissertation chapter on Sayers that I’m planning, I found so much complexity of idea and narrative form on nearly every page — A plus Modernism there. Although this is the strongest, I would recommend reading at le This was the first book I ever read by Sayers.

So indeed there is dodothy kind of fulfilment to reading this saydrs in middle age. Feb 09, Andrea added it Shelves: Greedily I started reading.

I was inspired to learn to ring because of Akenfield: So this probably won’t be a very in depth review. It’s a fascinating debate, as relevant now as it was when Gaudy Night was published almost seventy years ago. I could not resist asking for rides, only to reluctantly hop back onto the bus at the next intersection.