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. 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 stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself.”—Times Literary SupplementThe great Do.

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Jan 28, Loederkoningin rated it it was ok. Although gausy is the strongest, I would recommend reading at least the two earlier novels featuring Vane first, Strong Poison and Have His Carcase.

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And while Wimsey did, he came across as swyers bit of a goofball. Miss Barton Charlotte West-Oram And dorohty many ways she’s such a non-traditional female heroine FP now includes eBooks in its collection. They may spend hours discussing philosophy and ethics, but are equally at home debating a dress or a hat.

The punting on the river in the afternoon those particular pages and the Hall dinner with Peter attending the very following night were two of the best scenes I’ve ever read.

In case you really care, here’s my one-sentence plot encapsulation: Harriet Vane is sculpted to perfection. Why include a – confusing – dozen main characters and allow them to ask for attention and have their say throughout the book, but never properly identify and describe them? Topics Dorothy L Sayers A book to share. 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.

To view it, click here. And on the way you will come across verse, quotes of the ancient erudite, forms of lyrical appeal. The thing had its compensations, she supposed. This book is in the public domain in Canada, and is made available to you DRM-free.

There are a couple of problems with this, and Sayers pinpoints them unerringly in this book. Dorothy Leigh Sayers 13 June December who preferred to be referred to as Dorothy L Sayers, was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. Anyone who has ever been a woman trying to reconcile feminist values of individuality and self-fulfillment with Christian values of sacrifice and relationality will sympathize with Harriet.


I was less amused at the inevitable fate of man-hating spinsters who meet god-like beings such as Peter Wimsey. Female scholars without fine minds and who are not fine clothes horses are definitely depicted as lesser in this book.

I love the introduction Saint George Wimsey. From this perspective, Harriet’s question becomes increasingly urgent: I want to read at least one Dorothy book and i found this is the most acclaimed one. Episode One 13 May 7. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I set about reading it again this year, realizing that I was now nearly twenty years older than Harriet is in the book; could I possibly still relate to her?

Audible Download Audio Books. I’m afraid that this has been less a review of the novel itself than an extended discussion of the thoughts I had while reading it, but I hope that whether you’re reading it for the first or the manyeth time, you’ll be inspired to push this one to the top of your reading list. There are moments in the middle that are so very well done, so very well done. View all 15 comments. Gaudy Night is one of my three desert island books, so I am so glad to read such a great and thoughtful review!

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

Sayers is quite the snob! 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. When she returns home, she dives back in to writing her most recent novel, which has been giving her trouble. Then this is the book for you For me, it all adds up to a breathtaking reading experience.

From this, Christians have accurately deducted that wives are intended by God to assist their husbands in their callings. Dorothy L Sayers vs. As Harriet struggles to discover who the anonymous letter writer is, she also struggles to figure out how to maintain her sense of independence and of self in the face of her growing love for Peter.


There’s a very good reason why Harriet finally accepts Peter’s proposal while they’re walking home from a concert. Last time I’d felt like the reveal came out of left field. When I turned greedily to the earlier books I was disappointed. Yet in theory there is so much to dorotyh about this book. Gathering her courage, Harriet decides to go and actually enjoys her time there, although it is marred when she discovers an anonymous note which is less than flattering.

This is the second mystery that Harriet and Peter investigate ‘together’ — and by together I mean that Harriet spends quite a time collecting facts, and Peter does all the analysis and deduction.

And Sayers is really in a class by herself when it comes to unresolved sexual tension. Women medievalists and the academy. If you think we might need to communicate with you, please include your email address.

She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and gakdy sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. Sayers’ Oxford is a lovely thing, too.

But in doing so, many have erroneously concluded that calling is not important for women as it is for men. The question, then, is so much bigger than feminism. And this entire understanding from that moment for the self-realization of what Sayets your own control. And 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.