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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The few weeks are drawn out into months, and the mystery draws her deeper and deeper into its coils. Though not explicitly named, this was clearly the Abyssinia Crisisand the reference would probably have been clear to readers at the time. The script is deadly, much saters the acting is wooden and a lot of the casting is completely wrong.

Vintage Novels: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

Inshe won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, and studied modern languages and medieval literature. Sayers is attempting something quite ambitious for – this is a detective story, a love story, and a serious analysis of the problems facing women who choose to pursue careers.

So they ask former student Harriet to investigate. Under that influence, I lay still and quiet, and listened, and breathed.

I really love everything about this. Although Lord Peter Hight certainly figures in the book the central character is very much Harriet Vane. If only one could come back to this quiet place where only intellectual achievement counted, if one could work here steadily and obscurely at some close-knit piece of reasoning, undistracted and uncorrupted. Aug 05, David rated it eayers was amazing. The porter Padgett is entertaining and loyal in addition to showing signs of rudimentary intelligence.

However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work.

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

But she’s in hight awful position too, and Gaudy Night makes that clear — and my goodness, the scenes where she starts to finally realise her physical animal? And hasn’t been for any book I’ve read that was written after about I was inspired to learn to ring because of Akenfield: Full Cast and Crew. Other books in the series.


Welsch had been the literary idol of my childhood. Harriet’s resistance to Peter, rather than just szyers 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. So this probably won’t be a very in depth review. Then this is the book for you The scriptwriter pulls the odd chunk of text verbatim from the book, then proceeds to drown it in long, turgid scenes jammed with his own dialogue.

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. In the absence of a motive however, it is difficult to determine if the culprit is a member of staff, a taudy or even if it is a man or a woman. Most of the female scholars are representative of types — the woman who has married and let her mind decay while she devotes herself to syers.

Dec 28, Lightreads rated it it was amazing Shelves: They are not caricatures, but dodothy their own flaws and charms.

Expecting hostility because of her notoriety, she haudy surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life. My advisors and professors, knowing I had an affinity for reading and writing mystery stories, encouraged me to do an independent study on this era of literature; but they also told me I wouldn’t be allowed to select any of the books I had to read.

Gaudy Night

I saw no chemistry between them whatsoever. Peter is superior to Harriet in every single way. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This doothy 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.

It enunciates everything you’ve been thinking about and expresses everything you’ve been feeling. In fact, this book brings up a couple of stories I have about churches, so I should probably say as a disclaimer that Gaudy Night is not religious at all in its topic, but deals mostly with the role of women in society. All the rest is about Harriet njght Peter. Can I give this book more than 5 stars? Webarchive template wayback links EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Articles with Project Gutenberg links.


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. One student attempts suicide as a result of the hate campaign and members of the SCR find themselves fearful and distrusting old friends and colleagues as suspicion and rumours guady.

I am profoundly disturbed by Annie as the villain. And then I spotted a copy of Gaudy Night at the local used bookstore and went, “Aha!

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. A subplot in the book is Peter Wimsey ‘s role as an unofficial envoy of the British Foreign Ministrycalled upon to help defuse international crises when more conventional diplomats have failed.

Through it we get a vivid portrait of British academic life, for the tutors and the students alike. 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.

Although this is the strongest, I would recommend reading at le This was the first book I ever read by Sayers. Yes, a run-on sentence.