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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That’s the whole mystery: Despite it being in the middle of a series, which I severely dislike, I read it without enjoying the prior installments. Jan 28, Loederkoningin rated it it was ok. When others in the college start receiving similar letters, and the college is afflicted by nocturnal vandalism, she returns to investigate under dorothj of some academic research. Refresh and try again. Harriet Vane is invited to her class reunion, known as a Gaudy.

He unravels in a day the problem she has worked on for months.

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

This particular thesis is played out in the character of Miss Hillyard, the “man-hating” character. All together, I would estimate that the actual mystery-solving only accounts for about pages of the entire book. All of this sounds like I hate the book, which is not quite correct.

But let him be soon over, that we may hear the great striding fugue again. TVTropes has much to say about Lord Gahdy, some of it quite penetrating: She returns to London, only to be called back a few months later by the administration; the college is being pl Can I give this book more than 5 stars?


Something at the forefront of Harriet’s mind because the wounds of her disastrous first love have more or less healed over, 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. Consider Jacqueline Winspear, creator of the delightful Maisie Dobbs series. After Gaudy Nighthowever, I can’t think of him this way anymore. An extremely involved, beautifully complicated nigbt, with gorgeous descriptions of university life and environs.

Gaudy Night: Episode One

It seems that Sayers threw everything of herself into Gaudy Night —her heart and soul ssayers every inch of her mind. The novel, for much of its part, is driven by Harriet. And on the way you will come across verse, quotes of the ancient erudite, forms of lyrical appeal. She accepts an invitation to revisit her alma mater, a ladies’ college in Oxford. Crime fiction Fiction blogposts.

First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Please be clear in your message, if you are referring to the information found on this web xorothy or the contents of the book.

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I had many of the dialogues copied, because of the brilliance with which they were written. If in doubt, we will always be cautious, and preserve the original spelling. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers. For me, it all adds up to a breathtaking reading experience. Lord Peter is relatively scarce, so Harriet is center stage for most of the story. So please, before you comment, bear this in mind. If the book has page numbers, please include the page gxudy otherwise please include a significant text string to help us to locate the error.


Jul 22, Lisa Harmonybites rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Of course, it is very clear to the reader that in her heart of hearts, she loves him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Edit Did You Know?

Dorothy L Sayers vs. If you think I meant anything else, gwudy know what I meant. Men were uninvited to the event, and the humorous? The book stayed in the back of my psyche in the intervening years as just that — decent mystery, too much academic talk between too many interchangeable female dons, hurrah for Peter Wimsey, champion of smart, bookish women.

Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Warden and the other dons ask Harriet to investigate. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. If you’ve read no Sayers, please read at least those two books before reading Gaudy Nightas gaucy you’ll be missing a lot.

Once upon a time, I went to Cambridge to look round and simply felt choked by it all, but I think that when I visit Oxford, I’ll be ready and willing to dirothy it through Sayers’ eyes. It feels like a cop out, but more true to the times, perhaps?

The rare successful marriage where intellectual pursuit and family devotion have been melded in a complementary match. In the cloistered environment of the school, there is any number of possible suspects. I could not resist asking for rides, only to reluctantly hop back onto the bus at the next intersection.