“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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There are a lot of troubling things about Esther, but also some really fascinating things. Hilary August 9, This was the first book I ever read by Sayers. The book becomes at least as much an unraveling of her life as it is an unraveling of the mystery. Harriet wants to stop hurting, and she thinks she knows how. What I did not enjoy was the poison pen mystery.

Golly, that makes me feel old. View all 5 comments. This is the third book with Harriet Vane, Lord Peter Wimsey’s romantic interest, and indeed Gaudy Night is more centered on her, with Wimsey, although often on her mind, dorohty appearing until vorothy half-way through the book.

And the Hall conversations in this book!! Nineteen Stories – more detective fiction. Quoting from Vulpes Libris You are very welcome to quote up to words from any article posted on Vulpes Libris – as long as you quote accurately, give us due credit and link back to the original post. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

He completes the poem she’s writing — but does it better. Yes — I agree.

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

Although Peter and Harriet are clearly well-suited to each other, and it’s obvious to the reader that they’ll be happy if k manage to get together, it’s only in the final pages of the book that I can manage to bring myself to fully enjoy the romance — because Peter apologises for the rush of his pursuit, so sayres commenced while she’s still on trial for the murder of her lover. The time spent working on the case has them all re-evaluating their feelings. Portrait of an English Villagewhich was assigned to me in my European History class in my last year of school.


A very impressive piece of work. It had goddamn better mean what I think it means. Keeping in mind that this book was written 83 years ago, the answer is: Harriet agrees to conduct the investigation for them. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Someone is mischief making and, before long, Harriet wishes she could consult Peter — who is away in Europe, dealing with the difficult political situation unravelling abroad. Sayers writes herself into her series and then takes us on a trip to her alma mater.

Called in to investigate, Harriet ponders whether an intellectual dorotyy should allow love into her life or whether retirement into a life of learning nighh the answer.

Or is that another carefully planted double standard by DLS, to show just how much of a struggle the women gaidy to work at the same intellectual level, and be acceptable socially? View all 4 comments.

I’m already a hefty paragraph into this review and I haven’t even mentioned the mystery aspect of this story. What a wonderful post Foxes! Share this Rating Title: After a point in the book, I wanted the mystery to be solved by her and was quite ready to forsake the protagonist of the series.

And while Wimsey did, he came across as a bit of a goofball. Sayers at her best. Although Harriet Vane surely reflects her creator to some degree something Sayers vigorously deniedit would be reductive to regard the character as nothing more than an author avatar.

I could find no fault with it this time, neither in the slow build or anything else. Frankly, I have little issue with ladies living in the s who think men receive great privileges that women do not, and so are inclined to be resentful and sarcastic about it. 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.


To view it, click here. There she finds two vicious anonymous notes, one of them pushed into the sleeve of her academic gown!

When I turned greedily to the earlier books I was disappointed. In contrast, we see Wimsey age and mature from a frivolous youth to an idiosyncratic middle-aged man — in the course of which he manages to woo and win the attractive Harriet Vane, the famous mystery author whom he manages to save from the scaffold.

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

I also really enjoy how the discussion of her work features in this, how she’s clearly transitioning from a more jigsaw puzzle sort of mystery novel, to one where her characters are humanized.

However, his quarterly formal requests for marriage, the pompous dinner conversations and his romantic interest in Harriet: Worth both watching and sayesr. I recently went through a horrible reading funk where I spent each evening syaers through the house, picking up books, gajdy to read a paragraph or two and then tossing them aside. 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.