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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Rutgers University Press, pp. Thanks for the review! Lists with This Book. Apr 17, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gaudy Night is told almost wholly from Harriet’s point of view, and in fact Lord Peter doesn’t even appear until more than halfway through the book.

She finished with first-class honours in It takes a couple pages just to get all the characters well defined.

Gaudy Night: Episode One

I get so impatient with books that won’t stay open. You know I can’t tango! Sayers at her best. Likewise, this is the novel where the relationship between Harriet and Peter changes, which is obviously especially interesting if you have followed the books in order. In the frame of the book’s plot, Wimsey’s diplomatic obligations serve as a plot device to keep him away from Britain, and leave Harriet on her own for most of the book, to try to solve the mystery at Oxford without his help.

When they made her go, my blood oxygenation was up a little, but not much; she didn’t let them send her away until she’d put her Over a year ago now, Lord Peter pretty much saved my life.


Under some well-meaning but misplaced views of the family and the relationships within the family, some modern commentators are trying to present her as acting under the constant direction and supervision of her husband, as his errand boy or servant.

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.

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

I really like Harriet’s narrative voice, and how she can forget about Peter for a while when she’s engrossed in something else, but not completely. I loved it, even tho at times it was a little too “eyes slanted down one’s nose” for my taste.

Later, when the poison pen returns and starts to play other pranks, the Dean and the Warden gaudh Harriet to return to Shrewsbury to investigate the incidents; eventually, Harriet calls in Lord Peter as well. The book becomes at least as much an unraveling of her life as it is an unraveling of the mystery.

It is a mystery, but the crimes are less serious. The novel has a richness and complexity befitting literature, and indeed even on second read I felt I hadn’t peeled all layers and certainly haven’t caught all the different literary and classic allusions. Yes No Report this. Because if you are looking for shock value action language, feisty but direct personalities, status quo womanly nurturing and complacent ideology and practices- you are not going to find any of the “norm” mystery or who-dun-it tableau here.

The examiner has since moved 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. Oh yes, it was certainly nigt it. Harriet and I have made the right choices.


She also went to great lengths to be independent from Lord Peter Wimsey – he apparently saved her life in an earlier book, which made her feel ashamed – but of course, she eventually desperately needed his help on the case. OK, how about this: This time, rereading with an eye toward the dissertation dorotthy on Sayers that I’m planning, I found so much complexity of idea and narrative form on nearly every page — A plus Modernism there.

The kind of book that you pick up and read a page and think, “Oh, this is a good book. Views Read Edit View history.

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Vintage Novels: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

Gaudy Night is a slow and easy look at university life at an all-girls college in s Oxford. Here’s one bit of it I particularly loved: Apr 09, Sarah Funke Donovan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I put my money on Bunter.

It’s that attraction, it seems to me, that’s the clincher; Sayers clearly believes that marriage must be a union of bodies first and foremost, and that the emotional and intellectual side of things will sort itself out if the physical niight is strong enough. Jan 28, Loederkoningin rated it it was ok. I think, above all, the thing I admire most in this book is the way it practices what it preaches.