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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The writing is fantastic. 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. I almost thing I’d need to read it again to really get it, or rather for it to really sink under my skin.

Oxford, England One effect of this preoccupation is that the college academics tend a little towards being illustrative types rather than real people. The primary question of the book is women — intellectual women particularly — and t I hereby dub this review: So it was with a bit of trepidation that I set about reading it again this year, realizing that I was now nearly twenty years older than Harriet is in the book; could I possibly still relate to sayerx Portrait of an English Villagewhich was assigned to me in my European History class in my last year of school.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British sayerw, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

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Lord Peter Wimsey 1 – 10 of 15 books. These debates are not just tacked on, however, but turn out to be deeply entwined both with the mystery plot and with the other strand of Gaudy Nightwhich is a romance.

Other than stuff on my catI think this was the most successful book from that evening, and it actually makes all of the uncomfortable female judgment worth it.

I loved the picture of Oxford in the mids. Finally, there is gahdy long-standing romantic tension between Wimsey and Harriet to resolve. Last time I’d felt like the reveal came out of left field.

It’s sauers engrossing mystery, and as much as any reader I want Harriet to work through her issues and find a way to be happy. Also, it bugged me that the scouts and maids — the female lower class of this book — were all essentially meek and timid and dull, but the male servants — think of Bunter — are far more favourably portrayed.


I think I needed the Norton edition. I learnt a lot about Oxford life – there is really nothing with which to compare it in NZ, and what little I knew of it previously came from Morse. But for my reading pleasure, I would have liked to filter out a good hundred pages or so. That needed to happen for the love story to work. Peter is learning sajers same thing from the other side of the coin, as Harriet refuses his proposals again and again and again and he comes to know that simply wanting and asking are an exercise of privilege, and not the extent of love.

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Harriet Vane is sculpted to perfection. Luckily, every now and then the so called ‘poison pen’ decided to stir things up by stalking the University at night and sending out a few hateful letters. That just happens to be something about which I tend to get pissed off at churches. If you don’t understand what I’m describing- read that section of the book. She returns to London, 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?

But accurate for this classic Sayers which presses all the most intrinsic cores of sayeds appeal, place, role, expectation and actuation of marriage. Feb 09, Andrea added it Shelves: Although Lord Peter Wimsey certainly figures in the book the central character is very much Harriet Vane.

Detective novelist Harriet Niight revisits her old Oxford college for the Gaudy Night celebrations, but while there she receives a poison pen letter.

And it is a writer in the s trying to wrestle with the major question of being an intellectual woman. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you have, and still think pages about Harriet and Peter working out their complicated and fascinating relationship would be interesting, you need to read Strong Poison again and pay attention this time.

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Harriet Vane attends a reunion at her Oxford College doothy is asked by the Warden to investigate a series of poison pen notes that several members of staff have received. Her experience of Oxford academic life eventually inspired her penultimate Peter Wimsey novel, Gaudy Night.


This bowtie is a mess. Having read it for the second time after reading previous Wimsey novels such as the first, Whose Body? Of course, view spoiler [I spent a long time waiting for Peter to show up! dorohhy

Inshe won a scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford, and studied modern languages and medieval literature. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them. Most of the female scholars are representative of types — the woman who has married and let her nihgt decay while she devotes herself to children.

I like Sayers more and more. There are moments in the middle that are so very well done, so very well done. However, Harriet Walter, as Harriet Vane, rather steals the show.

It’s also interesting that Harriet’s new insights into her own feelings bring about a revolution in her development as a writer. Harriet always loved her time at Oxford, but was nervous about returning, especially after events covered in a previous book, where she was accused of killing a former lover. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. TVTropes has much to say about Lord Peter, some of it quite penetrating: Harriet Vane returns to her alma mater at Oxford one of the few women’s colleges at the time, btw to help figure out who’s been playing harmful pranks on the scholars there, and she enlists Lord Peter’s help.

All the rest is about Harriet and Peter. However, Sayers has done a fantastic job of creating the atmosphere of academe and the struggles felt by the women of early twentieth century, caught between the pleasures of the intellect and the demands of the flesh. The fun and thoughtful discussion Dorothy Sayers presents in Gaudy Night on the topic of women being intelligent humans in their own right was vindicating and cathartic for me to read.

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Did she have notebooks full of character descriptions? Not traditional holiday reading to be sure, but whatever. Sayers is quite the snob! Born in she was one of the first women to be awarded with a sayets from Oxford University and a feminist in her own right.