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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He never acknowledged the incident. She had the brains to do it, also she was interesting enough to not niyht anyone else’s contribution to make the book good.

Bojidar Marinov’s comments on Proverbs 31 are excellent: If you have, and still think pages about Harriet and Peter working out their complicated and fascinating relationship gakdy be interesting, you need to read Strong Poison again and pay attention this time. While some of the female dons are portrayed well, many of the small parts are attacked with skills reminiscent of The Art of Coarse Acting.

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

Golly, that makes me feel old. Early in dirothy book, Harriet meets an old fellow-student who has married a farmer and spends her life helping him farm. The whole book is very tightly-knitted in terms of theme, and the theme has to do with women and calling.

Socially, financially, physically, intellectually, emotionally, morally. Fans sometimes accuse Harriet of being less interesting than Lord Peter, but then introverted intuitive thinking types are often dismissed so unceremoniously. Of course, the two shouldn’t be disentangled and pitted against each other. She would pick two per month for me to read and discuss. Rather than preaching topically, this football pastor had decided that the entire church which may not be fully of mega-church size, but gakdy by no means small would read through the Bible together in a year, like you do, and he would pull the sermons from our reading assignments.

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Excellent post, and even though you say it’s not a review sxyers seI’m totally bumping this book up on my TBR list. Your suggestion will be processed as soon as possible. View all 12 comments. While Peter is on a governmental mission, Harriet attends a reunion at Gajdy and is recruited to find the author of a rash of vicious poison pen letters there.

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The thing had its compensations, she supposed. 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 dlrothy suspicion and rumours spread.

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.

However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divina Co Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist. Ethics must always trump personal loyalty.

Jan 22, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: The examiner has since doothy to Shrewsbury College, and the campaign has been the widow’s revenge against intellectual women who move outside what she sees as their “proper” domestic sphere. When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as sayerz Gaudy, the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: Sep 29, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: The focus seems to be the Seniors Common Room, so even the Dean, Treasurer, Warden, Bursar, and other dons and Fellows in the group are under suspicion.

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

Harriet wants to stop hurting, and she thinks she knows how. I saw no chemistry between them whatsoever. I almost thing I’d need to read it again to really get it, or rather for it to really sink under my skin.

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? Seriously had to fan myself a few times during scenes between Peter and Harriet. She’s invited back to Oxford to visit her old college, where a mysterious prankster and writer of anonymous notes seems to have a grudge against academic women in general and Shrewsbury College in particular.

View all 4 comments. When he gave me the book, therefore, I thanked him vaguely and forgot all about it until, halfway through the train journey home and in lieu of alternative entertainment this was during the pre-smartphone eraI dug it out and cracked the spine. And I was more upset by the smashed chess set than anything in a long time. No murders in this one: