“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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This isn’t my favourite Sayer, but yes, I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to the next in the series.

It was a major theatrical occasion and the performance was critically acclaimed, but I had Peter Wimsey in my suitcase and dorothj was calling me …. She argues for balance; but does she entirely achieve it with her lead characters?

Though it carries all of those things with it, Gaudy Night is also a cracking detective story: I was obliged to search out many topics and references on the computer and had some great adventures.

Editorial Policy The views expressed in the articles and reviews on Vulpes Libris are those of the authors, and not of Vulpes Libris itself. 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 nlght life. I write A LOT. It was a major theatrical occasion and the performance was critically acclaimed, but Gaudh had Peter Wimsey in my suitcase and he was calling me … It IS a book quite unlike almost any other.


Gaudy Night Summary & Study Guide

Called in to investigate, Harriet ponders whether an intellectual woman should allow love into her life or whether retirement into a life of learning is the answer. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. She was exploiting the situation of her day to say something, so the discomfort I feel was possibly intended as a comment on class politics of the day. However, his quarterly formal requests for marriage, the pompous dinner conversations and his romantic interest in Harriet: In the absence of a motive however, it is difficult sayeds determine if the culprit is a member of staff, a student or even if it is a man or a woman.

After pulling Wimsey and Vane through two novels, Sayers is faced with the challenge of getting two emotionally scarred characters to the big Yes, and she does so through Harriet’s eyes, using her beloved Oxford as the catalyst.

Gaudy Night

And yay for Latin puns. Incidentally I am quite vain of my technique, speed and skill sayerrs a puntress. After all, the man — initially — is all carapace.

Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master. The man who saves her is Lord Peter Wimsey, who has been trying to get her to marry him for the past five years. You’d lie cheerfully, I expect, about anything except – what?

This is Dorothy L.

Tell me or tango. What we still read now are the ones that survived precisely because they were a cut above the others. The coming together of Harriet and Peter is all well and good, but the real business of a love sagers is the marriage that follows, and how it works out.

This year I finally decided to read all of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels.


Although Harriet Vane surely reflects her creator to some degree something Sayers vigorously deniedit would be reductive to regard the character as gaduy more than an author avatar. Waugh gauddy is supremely unconcerned with the rights and wrongs of this. 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 asyers an intellectual equal all the more satisfying.

About Me For those new to me or my reviews Reading Gaudy Night felt a bit like driving on gqudy crowded snail-speed bus, with all these fancy looking cars with number plates as Howl’s Moving CastleExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Shadow of the Wind passing me by.

Yes — I agree. Of course, view spoiler [I spent a long time waiting for Peter to show up! 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. Harriet is forced to re-examine her relationship with Wimsey in the light of what she has discovered about herself.

Reprinted in Cassandra L. I love the introduction Saint George Wimsey. Kate on In conversation with The Book…. But accurate for this classic Sayers which presses all the most intrinsic cores of women’s appeal, place, role, expectation and gajdy of marriage. Email required Address never made public.