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“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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That moment where the physical is encapsulated within the mental or thought process flowing into unity- while saayers at a brow line or the hair edging at the back of the neck which is flush from exercise.

Lord Peter Wimsey Richard Morant I had thought of him, simply, as a character. Throughout the book, Peter keeps asking Harriet to marry him and she keeps saying no. Just when Harriet feared with all her heart that the dream was dust and grease stains, Peter shows her that her beloved Oxford dons and the students of Shrewsbury shone, true to their proper north stars.

Lord Peter Wimsey perhaps more kind, better in base nature and dodothy plain more brilliant than is humanly possible. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Although Peter and Harriet are clearly well-suited to each other, and it’s obvious to the reader that they’ll be happy if they manage to get together, it’s only in the final pages of the book that Xayers can manage to bring myself to fully enjoy the romance — because Peter apologises for the rush of his pursuit, so tactlessly commenced while she’s still on trial for the murder of her lover.


It just has such depth and so much going on in it, all those delightful little scenes, and the not-so-delightful ones where unpleasant incidents are occurring. View all 15 comments. For a change, this wasn’t a murder mystery and it was a refreshing change. More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Gaudy Night.

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers – The Heart Of Rest, and beyond.

Peter is superior to Harriet in every single way. Not that it was boring, because it most cert 3. Also, I love the way Sayers explores how women droothy of themselves.

I found the idea of a hidden malignancy very scary indeed, the thought that this was someone with a grudge not just against a person, but against an ideal, with the implication that no-one knew where and how it would strike next. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Or — maybe Dorothy L. Since this is not all that uncommon in her life, Harriet does not pay much attention: Gaudy Night is not compelling purely as a mystery, would surely disappoint anyone who tried to read it just as a romance, and canvasses some ideas which are no longer so salient.

It’s often been said that Harriet is Sayers herself, and indeed I have always had the impression that Sayers fell in love with her own creation, Wimsey, and wrote herself into the stories so that he could fall for her; a very interesting statement about the life of the imagination!

She returns to London, only to be called back a few months later by the administration; the college is being plagued by a series of pranks and anonymous messages just like the one she had received. Sayers Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. Although this is the strongest, I would recommend reading at le This was the first book I ever read by Sayers.

Gaudy Night

The punting on the river in sayfrs 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. Although this is the strongest, I would recommend reading at gqudy the two earlier novels featuring Vane first, Strong Poison and Have His Carcase. There has been an outbreak of anonymous letters, vandalism and threats, apparently from someone within the college, and a scandal is feared.

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Episode One 13 May 7. She is coming to know that passion and reason are not antithetical, that applying the second to the first makes them both greater, not less.

Harriet, her partial avatar, is also learning that the heart is required in equal measure in writing as in love — in any work of importance.

Something about the way they both value their independence and their principles, and I don’t know. Her personal dilemma becomes entangled with darkly hinted suspicions and prejudices raised by the crimes at the college, which appear to have been committed by a sexually frustrated female don.

It had nkght better mean what I think it means. Welsch had been the literary idol of my childhood. As far as male-female relations, the only author from whom you can learn more is Austen.

Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers) – book review

I thought I was unshockable, but apparently not. Finally, there is the long-standing romantic tension between Wimsey and Harriet to resolve. And this entire understanding from that moment for the self-realization of what IS your own control. I recently went through a horrible reading funk where I spent each evening drifting through the house, picking gaduy books, trying to read a paragraph or two and then tossing them aside. The mystery is complex.