“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 few weeks are drawn out into months, and the mystery draws her deeper and deeper into its coils. The underplayed British humour is also there, very enjoyable as with any English novelist Agatha Christie, P. Having read it for the second time after reading previous Wimsey novels such as the first, Whose Doroothy

Harriet responds that she will return to the College and see if she can do anything to help. What’s the point of making a point of numerous chitchat conversations when they do not contain any clues?

I think we take it for granted today that the characters in a novel should have a growth arc, recognizing two-dimensional characters for what they are and scorning them; I think we tend to forget gauey even some of the best writers of bygone decades tended to deal far more in caricatures and “types” than we would now accept.

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. She also finds an ominous gausy in the rolled-up sleeve of her gown. View all 8 comments. That just happens to be something about which I tend to get pissed off at churches. And then I spotted a copy of Gaudy Night at the local used bookstore and went, “Aha!

This gulf is emphasised by the cut-glass accents and precise diction of the dons and students, and the “common” speech of the college servants and other inhabitants of Oxford, where they appear. As Harriet attempts to solve the crime that has set her old college by the ears, while grappling with her feelings for Peter and struggling with the possibility of introducing psychological realism into her own orderly and metaphorically bloodless crime novels, Sayers is busily doing the same.


Yes, a run-on sentence.

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Apr 09, Sarah Funke Donovan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In contrast, we see Wimsey age and mature from a frivolous youth to an idiosyncrati Lord Peter Wimsey is not the quintessential sleuth. 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.

Dorothy Sayers had to put a satisfying end to this romance, while keeping her mystery stories ticking: I remember being vaguely annoyed at the time that the whodunnit aspect of the book seemed so downplayed and that I couldn’t seem to keep all the characters straight, though I found the romance between Harriet and Peter fascinating and encouraging given that I was a bookish teenager wondering if there were guys who liked smart 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.

Then this is the book for you Miss Lydgate Charmian May I put my money on Bunter. It has to be resolved with Peter solving the problem and establishing order, illustrating that, yes, educated women have failed in some ways, but been triumphant in their dreams, standards, and ideals on the whole.

Consider Jacqueline Winspear, creator of the delightful Maisie Dobbs series.

Rutgers University Press, pp. I have read the first few many times, but, for whatever reason, I never continued the series. Kate on In conversation with The Book…. I am strongly drawn to the standards of good manners of the s. Sayers presents the varied personalities of the dons and students of the university with a lot of color and flair.


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.

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers – The Heart Of Rest, and beyond.

Peter’s too perfect, of course, especially in Gaudy Night — but in a perfect way I find impossible to fault! If you’ve read no Sayers, please read at least those two books before reading Gaudy Nightas otherwise you’ll be missing Gaudy Night is easily my favorite of Dorothy L.

And so the voids for the “missing parts” expand for the easy fallers. Wimsey was her perfect mate and she gave herself a happy ending, which is really quite poignant because her personal life was a great deal less happy and more messy, with an unrequited love, an illegitimate child and what szyers to have been a loveless marriage.

Note a reference to C. A very impressive piece of work. When transferred to the screen, this results in poor Wimsey being relegated almost to a supporting actor. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Gaudy Night: Episode One

And I can see why they’re such a classic couple. She has not gone before but decides to do so this time in answer to pleas from some of her former classmates. Luckily, Dame Agatha and Ngaio Marsh still deliver. Good lord this book is amazing. 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.

Like I said in a status update, this is a great book that I’m going to have to re-read to fully appreciate.

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