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Dorothy L Sayers
Genre Fiction
New English Library (1975)
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Home Dorothy L. Sayers Gaudy Night. I’m always recommending your books to my friends in America who are keen to study the British detective story, because I think they are just terribly good. Part of Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers. ‘Very kind of you,’ said Harriet, feebly. And we have a very dear mutooal acquaintance,’ went on the spectacled lady. Miss Vane has been helping me so generously with my books,’ murmured Miss Lydgate, contritely; ‘and she has had her own work to do as well. We really ought not to have asked her to spare any time for our problems. ‘I had plenty of time,’ said Harriet.

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Gaudy Night stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself.

Read Gaudy Night, by Dorothy . ayers online on Bookmate – Oxford is full of memories-and threats of murder-for Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in this mystery that stands out even among Miss Sa. ayers online on Bookmate – Oxford is full of memories-and threats of murder-for Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in this mystery that stands out even among Miss S. Oxford is full of memories-and threats of murder-for Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in this mystery that stands out even among Miss Sayers’s novels (The Times Literary Supplement).

Gaudy Night (1935) is a mystery novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, the tenth featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, and the third including Harriet Vane. The dons of Harriet Vane's alma mater, the all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford (based on Sayers' own. The dons of Harriet Vane's alma mater, the all-female Shrewsbury College, Oxford (based on Sayers' own Somerville College), have invited her back to attend the annual Gaudy celebrations.

  • Varshav
Of the well-known authors from the British Golden Age of mystery fiction, Dorothy Sayers is the most intelligent and scholarly, putting her at the head of an awesome group. For the modern reader, however, she presents difficulties. Books from this era always seem dated. Sayers, by reason of her erudite language and profound immersion in the intellectual culture of the day, dates more severely than the others of the era.
If you are already a fan of Agatha Christie or John Dickson Carr, then you should definitely read Dorothy Sayers. But if you have so far only read modern mystery writers, Sayers is NOT the first port of call for your Golden Age experience. You may find Gaudy Night daunting with its slow pace, the quaint (sometimes near impenetrable) language of the cloistered Oxford dons of the 1930s, and the lengthy exploration of characters internal worlds as they introspectively ponder their own motivations. Viewed through modernist eyes, Gaudy Night has far too many characters, far too many words, and far too little action.
On its own terms however, this book is the pinnacle of British Golden Age writing. Most agree it is Sayers' best. It is a literary novel which gives a penetrating insight into women of the era struggling with the conflict between the constraints of traditional feminine roles and the intellectual freedom (and rigor) of academia. And it presents a mystery of satisfying complexity and convincing resolution.
Gaudy Night is the best of its era - when you are ready for it.
  • Chuynopana
Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter/Harriet Vane quartet of novels are among my lifelong favorites. I was delighted to find such a handsome new edition...until I actually tried to read them. Misspellings, random capitalizations, endless dumb little errors. I reread these books often, and I don't want to wince in pain every time I do. I'll stick with my old beat-up paperbacks, thanks. Do NOT buy the Bourbon Street Books editions. Ms. Sayers deserves much better than this.
  • Enone
This is my favorite book by Sayers (also check out Murder Must Advertise and Busman's Honeymoon). She brings depth and complexity to her characters, even minor ones; this is a top-quality novel that happens around a mystery, as opposed to a mystery novel. The book takes place primarily at a women's college within a male-dominated university, so it's fascinating from our modern perspective to see the lives of women of different social classes of that era, what the assumptions and stereotypes were and what they were fighting to achieve. Although it's clearly a novel of its time, it doesn't feel dated or slow as some books do many decades after publication.
  • Iell
A great pleasure to read. I liked the unconventional mystery, I liked the Oxford location, and I liked the daubs of philosophy and character throughout that went a bit deeper than your average golden-ager.
Minus one star for the first two chapters which are full of small-talk with people you'll never read about again. And for the fact that there are about 15 characters referred to as "Miss ___" which can sometimes make it difficult to keep track of who is who. I had a suspicion that it wouldn't matter too much in the end and it didn't, so I wasn't as put off by this as some reviewers were. I just let the names wash over me until I was able to keep the important ones straight and it was fine, the mystery such as it is was still satisfying.
Sinking into this world for a few hours was like a warm bath and I enjoyed it. I highly recommend reading "Strong Poison" by Sayers before this one so you won't be utterly lost about the larger arc of the series.
  • Alianyau
I grew up reading Dorothy Sayers mysteries, so it's hard to be objective about them. They shaped my thinking and I continue to read and appreciate them as an adult. Gaudy Night stands out to me as the novel where she forced the greatest change upon her characters. Their changes were realistic and complex. There are certainly flaws in the way she went about forcing these changes, but even the flaws don't ruin the illusion that Wimsey and Vane are living, breathing humans.
  • Goltizuru
Probably the most personal of the classic detective series she authored, Gaudy Night is set in a woman's college at Oxford University. Harriet Vane, with whom Lord Peter Wimsey has been love for five fruitless years, is the chief protagonist, as she is called upon by the faculty of her former college to aid in uncovering the author of nasty messages to and about members of the faculty and some students. Sayers is in her most scholarly and feminist mood and seems to build upon her own early love affair from which there emerged a child with no legal father. Various clashes of attitudes towards men and women and their proper role in society as well as the ethics of scholarship and academe are given representation with little doubt being left as to Sayers own position. The mystery of finding out who is creating the disturbing atmosphere is left to Wimsey, but, in the end, it is Harriet's actions which moves the frustrating romantic relationship between them to a new level and, at least, temporary resolution.
This is among Sayers most literary works of fiction, marred somewhat for me, one who lacks a classic education, by the frequency of references to arcane works and quotations from the past. However, one cannot say that they are out of place in a work set in an Oxford college of 80 or more years ago. This is the third of the Harriet Vane series which ends with her final full Wimsey book, Busman's Honeymoon (1940), a nice little film starring Robert Montgomery (who plays Wimsey as rather more American middle class than British Aristocracy).