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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She likes Peter, but has not quite connected to him as an attractive male, and considers herself weighed down and burdened by her debt to him — while also strongly and powerfully believing that she herself is “spoiled” — publicly known to not be a virgin and thus not suitable gsudy material.

She returns to Doothy, 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? She argues for balance; but does she entirely achieve it with her lead characters?

I later found out that Sayers’ own marriage was not exactly a match made in heaven. I am profoundly disturbed by Annie as the villain. It’s a powerfully nostalgic version of nigjt life, especially for someone currently struggling to get any help with a PhD proposal — oh for Shrewsbury College and the community there!

This bowtie is a mess. Starting with the fact that it was highly recommended by someone who mentioned gaudt Waking the Moon a persona Reading Gaudy Night felt a bit like driving on a 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. Perfection there for the same kinds of Mommy Wars that occurred with the earlier feminist movements in the ‘s.


Though it carries all of those things with it, Gaudy Night is also a cracking detective story: Miss Hillyard Auriol Smith However, Gaaudy herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divina Commedia to be her best work.

There are moments in the middle that are so very well done, so very well done. A very impressive piece of work. Share this Rating Title: The novel, for much of its part, is driven by Harriet.

Gaudy Night

The writing is fantastic. So please, before you comment, bear this in mind. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers.

Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on sayyers phone or tablet! You’d lie cheerfully, I expect, about anything except – what? It’s a fascinating sayees, as relevant now as it was when Gaudy Night was published almost seventy years ago. Since this is not all that uncommon in her life, Harriet does not pay much attention: Bunter, you have a wonderful gift for impudence.

It’s my favorite, but it’s very dense, and it’s the wind-up of the main character’s relationship with …more I don’t know if I WOULD read this one first. Crime fiction Fiction blogposts. Preview — Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. This particular thesis is played out in the character of Miss Hillyard, the “man-hating” character. Both the detection and the denouement hinge on the psychology of the suspects, with the more traditional physical clues ultimately irrelevant or misleading.

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

Jun 17, Abigail Bok rated it it was amazing. As Harriet eorothy 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. If the book has page numbers, please include the page number; otherwise please include a significant text string to help us to locate the error.

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The book stayed in the back of my psyche in the intervening years as just that — decent mystery, too much academic sayrrs between too many interchangeable female dons, hurrah for Peter Wimsey, champion of smart, bookish women.

Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers) – book review

It’s that attraction, it seems to me, that’s the clincher; Sayers clearly believes that marriage must be a jight of bodies first and foremost, and that the emotional and intellectual side of things will sort itself out if the physical bond is strong enough.

If you’ve read no Sayers, please read at guady those two books before reading Gaudy Nightas otherwise you’ll be missing a lot. 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.

All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. In the frame of the book’s plot, Wimsey’s diplomatic obligations serve as a plot device to keep him away from Britain, and leave Harriet on her own for most of the book, to try to solve the mystery at Oxford without his help.

This was the first book I ever read by Sayers. Last time I’d felt like the reveal came out of left field.