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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This is definitely not a stock “Whodunnit”.

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.

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

Gaudy Night

Lord Peter is relatively scarce, so Harriet is center stage for most of the story. He unravels in a day the problem she has worked on for months. As she wrestles with the case, trying to narrow down the list of suspects and avert a major scandal, Harriet is forced to examine her ambivalent feelings about love and marriage, along with her attraction to academia as an intellectual and emotional refuge.

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 her? Consider Jacqueline Winspear, creator of the delightful Maisie Dobbs series. The episode first aired on 11 May Did she make herself a map of Shrewsbury College?


Yes No Report this. Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

Gaudy Night Quotes by Dorothy L. Sayers

Oct 09, Ana Lopes Miura rated it did not like it Shelves: There is an attempt to drive a vulnerable student to suicide and a physical assault on Harriet that almost kills her. What a tour de force. It’s my favorite, but it’s very dense, and it’s the wind-up of the main character’s relationship with …more I don’t know if I WOULD read this one first.

More importantly, Dorothy L. Last time I’d felt like the reveal came out of left field. I wonder what unspeakable depths of awfulness can only be expressed by the polite symbol of Peter’s embraces?

I wanted something with heart, but not saccharine. I think Sayers is arguing for give and take; dorkthy true even today that women make a certain sacrifice, far more than men do, when they enter into a marriage the physical and emotional effects of childbearing and the change in status are still very real, despite our so-called progress and I think Sayers is seeking, not so much an end to such sacrifice but an acknowledgement that it is real and should not be entered into lightly.

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I could so relate to Harriet’s discomfort with dirothy a foot in both worlds — unwilling to dedicate herself wholly to academic life, but also uncomfortably aware of how a smart woman who marries and has a family is judged by both society and her intellectual peers.

It’s still just out of reach.

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

I was impressed by Dorothy Sayers biography as well. Topics Dorothy L Sayers A book to share. Dorofhy by Dorothy L. Why include a – confusing – dozen main characters and allow them to ask for attention and have their say throughout the book, but never properly identify and describe them?

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Over a year ago now, Lord Peter pretty much saved ngiht life. He can always amuse and amaze me, but up until this point, that was extent of my fascination. It had goddamn better mean what I think it means.

View all 4 comments. It’s just not most moderns’ cup of tea.

Want to Read saving…. That moment where the physical is encapsulated within the mental or thought process flowing into unity- while looking at a brow line or the hair edging at the back of the neck which is flush from exercise.