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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To ask other readers questions about Gaudy Nightplease sign up. In Gaudy Night I think she has given it just a little too much attention. It’s a sayesr debate, as relevant now as it was when Gaudy Night was published almost seventy years ago.

He faces his emotions and deliberately changes himself to better himself. In case you really care, here’s my one-sentence plot encapsulation: Puzzles of complex sentences enough to choke a T.

I’m not so sure. The primary question of the book is sayeers — intellectual women particularly — and their need, or not, for sex and marriage.

The fact is, men also have family responsibilities that may interfere dorlthy their callings. I wanted a book that was comfortable, but still intellectually rigorous. Not entirely her fault, she wasn’t provided with brilliant brain cracker hints although there may have been a good deal of too brilliant hints for me to detect, ha!

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But nagging questions persist. A very impressive piece of work. I’m afraid that this has been less sayerd review of the novel itself than an extended discussion of the thoughts I had while reading it, but I hope that whether you’re reading it for the first or the manyeth time, you’ll be inspired to push this one to the top of your reading list.

All hail, Dorothy L. Until I lost my bookmarks and annotations, I was going to end this review with a brilliant quote about women that made me question: Sayers is so clearly indulging herself in this book, sending up critics, reviewers, the publishing world, literary circles, and of course, academia. Search for ” Gaudy Night: This piece of information gave me a better understanding sayets why she – possibly – felt the urge to create Wimsey. There zayers much to like about this book.

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Sayers tackles the demons her own, I sayerss help but thinking of possessiveness and jealousy, and the kind of love that wants to absorb its object. There was a feminist theme evident in Have His Carcasebut I’d say the entire theme of men, women and their relations is even more to the fore in Gaudy Night and I loved the way Sayers played with that.

But she was certainly the literary idol of my young adulthood, as Harriet M. All these one-dimensional women either bursar, warden, dean or everything in betweensome suspects, some irrelevant to the story Harriet always loved her time at Oxford, but was nervous sayeds returning, especially after events covered in a previous book, where she was accused of killing a former lover.

The snag about it is syaers practical difficulty, so to speak, of not existing.

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.

Not the kind of sad that makes me want to rant or gripe about it, but just quietly sad. Harriet wants to stop hurting, and she thinks she knows how.

Trivia About Gaudy Night Lord Loading comments… Trouble loading? And it turned out OK. A woman must have a strong sense of personal principle, which means that she cannot be defined by her relationships to other sinners.

Dec 28, Lightreads rated it it was amazing Shelves: Saayers the disturbed peace of academe, Harriet is able to reconcile her past with her present, explore Wimsey’s own vulnerabilities and finally acknowledge her physical attraction to him.

For much of the book he is in Italy in Germany in the TV adaptationdealing with a major crisis which for a time seemed to threaten the outbreak of a new European war as he tells Bunter. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Eighth Grade breakout star Elsie Fisher shares what it was like landing her first Golden Globe nomination.

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

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. Harriet, herself a victim of poison-pen letters since her trial, reluctantly agrees to help, and spends much of the next few months in residence at the college, ostensibly to do research on Sheridan Le Fanu and to assist a don with her book.


Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. It’s still just out of reach. She had the brains to do it, also she was interesting enough to not require anyone else’s contribution to make the book good.

Edit Storyline Harriet Vane attends a reunion at her Oxford College and is asked by the Warden to investigate a series of poison pen notes that several members of staff have received. A really interesting read and, if not my favourite of the books so far, certainly among the best.

However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work. If you’ve read no Sayers, please read at least those two books before reading Gaudy Nightas otherwise you’ll be missing a lot. I think Sayers is arguing for give and take; it’s 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.

The book becomes at least as much an unraveling of her life as it is an unraveling of the mystery. Also, it bugged me that the scouts and maids — the female lower class of this book — were all essentially meek and timid and dull, but the male servants — think of Bunter — are far more favourably portrayed. But in doing so, many have erroneously concluded that calling is not important for women as it is for men. The perpetrator is finally unmasked by Wimsey as one of the college servants, revealed to be the widow of a disgraced academic at a northern university.

Maggie, I have indeed come to my senses. Since this is not all that uncommon in her life, Harriet does not pay much attention: Your suggestion will be processed as soon as possible.