“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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In the absence of a haudy however, it is difficult to determine if the culprit is a member of staff, a student or even if it is a man or a woman. I think Sayers is sadly underestimated. Use the HTML below. 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.

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. The few weeks are drawn out into months, and the mystery draws her deeper and deeper into its coils. Wimsey, her suitor, dayers the investigation when the practical jokes become more dangerous. She surprises herself by enjoying the time away from home and renewing relations with various dons, Fellows, and classmates.


It feels like a cop out, but more true to the times, perhaps? The poorwho are most in need of change, are the very people who cling to stability—like the gatekeeper with his nasty cracks about women scholars.

Gaudy Night Summary & Study Guide

March External links: And the chess set is still the most upsetting part. Just because Shrewsbury is composed of women scholars, are we expecting that they should be nannies and district visitors as well? So this probably won’t be a very in depth review.

I am profoundly disturbed by Annie as the villain. So, during the interval, I left the theatre — much to the startlement of the theatre staff — and did exactly that. Of course, view spoiler [I spent a long time waiting for Peter to show up!

Until I lost my bookmarks and annotations, I was going to end this review with a brilliant quote about women that made me question: I think, above all, the thing I admire most in this book is the way it practices what it preaches. 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 doroyhy love it through Sayers’ eyes.

The Warden and the other dons ask Harriet to investigate. Indeed, he spots the culprit almost immediate on reading the evidence, quickly takes steps to verify it, and does what he nlght to obtain what little proof is possible.

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

The porter Padgett is entertaining and loyal in addition to showing signs of rudimentary intelligence. To ask other readers questions about Gaudy Nightplease sign up. Snow ‘s The Searchand sound views on counterpoint versus harmony.


Perfection there for the saers kinds of Mommy Wars that occurred with the earlier feminist movements in the ‘s. Yes, a run-on sentence. She becomes a famous mystery writer after being acquitted for a murder she did not commit. Oh to be 30 something again! And the ending brought me, like many other readers, to tears.

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Dorothy L Sayers vs. Lord Peter Wimsey perhaps more kind, better in base nature and just plain more brilliant than is humanly possible.

The man who saves her is Lord Peter Wimsey, who has been trying to get her to marry him for the past five years. This is definitely not a stock “Whodunnit”. Gradually, as dorothyy incidents occur, Harriet is able to start eliminating suspects based on cast-iron alibis, but it is a slow and laborious process. Edit Storyline Harriet Vane attends a reunion at her Oxford College and is asked by the Warden to investigate a series of poison pen notes that several members of staff have received.

I want to read at least one Dorothy book and i found this is the most acclaimed one.