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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That’s the whole mystery: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jun 15, Dfordoom rated it it was doroothy Shelves: Aug 19, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: And it’s more about proving false clues, sometimes revisiting them, but always applying sound logic.

There has been an outbreak of anonymous letters, vandalism and threats, apparently from someone within the college, and a scandal is feared. The punting on forothy river in the afternoon those particular pages and the Hall dinner with Peter attending the very following night were two of the best scenes I’ve ever read. Incidentally I am quite vain of my technique, speed and skill as a puntress.

I loved the picture of Oxford in the mids. Gaudh mainly there is Peter, and the love story, and their coming together. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Although this is not a traditional murder mystery, I found this a really dorpthy read. I wanted a book that was comfortable, but still intellectually rigorous. Peter is superior to Harriet in every single way. So please, before you comment, bear this in mind. These debates are not just tacked on, however, but turn out to be deeply entwined both with the mystery plot and with the other strand of Gaudy Nightwhich is a romance.

When gaduy in the college start receiving similar letters, and the college is afflicted by nocturnal vandalism, she returns to investigate under cover of some academic research. Despite the odd lapse placement of the telling historical detail is sometimes a little heavy-handed, the high-minded purity of motivation of Maisie and her friends can be excessive at timesMs Winspear delivers the goods — stories in the series are reliably entertaining.


And I loved it a lot the first time around. It was amusing to hear the dons describe the generation of students in terms reminiscent discussing students of say the s or today–rowdy, undisciplined, wild.

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

Harriet and I have made the right choices. Lord Peter and Harriet Vane are great characters. Starting with the fact that it was highly recommended by someone who mentioned that Waking the Moon a personal all time favoriteThe Secret History also pretty intriguing and Gaudy Night were in a quirky way very similar. Harriet Vane and Saint-George, the undergraduate nephew of Lord Peter, help give variety, and the college setting justifies good intellectual debate. The primary question of the book is women — intellectual women particularly — and their need, or not, for sex and marriage.

I get so impatient with books that won’t stay open.

Please tell us taudy any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book. Although women could not be awarded degrees at that time, Sayers was among the first to receive a degree when the position changed a few years later, and in she graduated as a MA.

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

Golly, that makes me feel old. There are moments in the dotothy that are so very well done, so very well done. 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 paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.

After pulling Wimsey and Vane through two novels, Sayers is faced with the challenge of getting two emotionally scarred characters to the big Yes, and she does so through Harriet’s eyes, using her beloved Oxford as the catalyst. Expecting hostility because of her notoriety, she is surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life.


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It was fascinating to read in a book published in all the hints sayrrs the war to come dorohhy references to Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. This isn’t my favourite Sayer, but yes, I enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to the next in the series. And it is a writer in the s trying to wrestle with the major question of being an intellectual woman.

My advisors and professors, knowing I had an affinity for reading and writing mystery stories, encouraged me to do an independent study on this era of literature; but they also to Book Review 4 of 5 stars to Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. The virgin spinster who hates saters. Born in she was one of the first women to be awarded with a degree from Oxford University and a feminist in her own right.

People fall into sex so easily in our more modern age and without any mental or emotional depth of exercise- that syaers can’t even acknowledge that those other aspects exist as well and as much as they do. If only one could come back to this quiet place where only intellectual achievement counted, if one could work here steadily and obscurely at some close-knit piece of reasoning, undistracted and uncorrupted.