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

Susan Haack has an essay on Gaudy Night as a philosophical novel. It’s one of the last in the series and thus hard to talk about without spoiling earlier books, as it deals with the resolution of guady relationship between Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, the mystery writer first introduced in Strong Poison and seen again in Have His Carcase.

When she returns home, she dives back in to writing her most recent novel, which has been giving her trouble.

Quotes Lord Peter Wimsey: The primary question of the book is women — intellectual women dorotyh — and their need, or not, for sex and marriage. The book stayed in the back of my psyche in the intervening years as just that — decent mystery, too much academic talk between too many interchangeable female dons, hurrah for Peter Wimsey, champion of smart, bookish women.


Insert a number of memorable and delightful characters here. Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist. I really love everything about this.

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Harriet has been trampled over by the world and left in the mud, and I love how Sayers understands the way she would snap and snarl at the first hand that reached out to help her, and resent its very kindness. Act III, scene 13, line The Dean asks if Harriet Vane has any idea what it might be about.

Regardless, it had a few flaws.

It is most certainly not a njght of equals. I found that unlike her other mysteries, this one was best if taken at a slow nlght, like a lazy Saturday afternoon on the university grounds. But mainly there is Peter, and the love story, and their coming together.

I loved Harriet Vane. I’m a sucker for authors taking their sweet time to create a lush and detailed story. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Harriet Vane is invited to her class reunion, known as a Gaudy. Oct 09, Ana Lopes Miura rated it did not like it Shelves: The mystery is complex. If in doubt, we will always be cautious, and preserve the original spelling. Her husband’s academic fraud had been exposed by an examiner, destroying his career and driving him to suicide. A caricature even, invented by Sayers to portray her idea of an ideal man: But do you want to be either?


And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection, and those of her gxudy, Lord Peter Wimsey. I also loved the Oxford setting and thought it worked really well. Seriously had to fan myself a few times during scenes between Peter and Harriet.

“A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery” Gaudy Night: Episode One (TV Episode ) – IMDb

Sep 10, Ben Loory rated it it was ok. Reprinted in Cassandra L.

There is an attempt to drive a vulnerable student to suicide and a physical assault on Harriet that almost kills her. Wimsey himself seems a little unreal — he appears to have been Sayers’ creation of her ideal partner — but Harriet’s own struggle, balancing fears for her independence and autonomy with other hopes and dreams, is more convincingly depicted.