Start your review of Gaudy Night Lord Peter Wimsey, 12 Write a review Recommends it for: smart women Recommended to Meredith by: Shelley Harvey Shelves: favorites , girls-rule , romantic , reviewed , want-a-hardcover-of-my-very-own A couple of years ago I thought as a gesture to God saying something like, Hey, we dont disagree about everything and anyway what do I know about life? When I say it now it doesnt sound like a very good idea, but I did a lot of things at that time that sound stupid now. Sometimes its better to go with what you know, even if its very little. In fact, this book brings up a couple of stories I have about churches, so I should probably say as a disclaimer that Gaudy Night is not religious at all in its topic, but deals mostly with the role of women in society. That just happens to be something about which I tend to get pissed off at churches. Rather than preaching topically, this football pastor had decided that the entire church which may not be fully of mega-church size, but is by no means small would read through the Bible together in a year, like you do, and he would pull the sermons from our reading assignments.

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Share via Email Raw, provocative and deeply moving Dorothy L Sayers. To give a book, then, is an unselfish, outward-looking act — but to share one is something quite different. The act of sharing a book you love is fraught with anxiety and risk: you are, in effect, deliberately creating a test situation for your share-ee, on which your long-term view of them will depend. These are the books that say something about you. When he gave me the book, therefore, I thanked him vaguely and forgot all about it until, halfway through the train journey home and in lieu of alternative entertainment this was during the pre-smartphone era , I dug it out and cracked the spine.

Peter fell in love with her during the trial and proposed to her. But scared, scarred and aware that her gratitude to him would put any relationship on a profoundly unequal basis, she refused. She crops up again in Have His Carcase , in which the pair find an easier footing as they solve a murder case together. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson — a house of ordinary horror Read more As Harriet attempts to solve the crime that has set her old college by the ears, while grappling with her feelings for Peter and struggling with the possibility of introducing psychological realism into her own orderly and metaphorically bloodless crime novels, Sayers is busily doing the same.

Really, I messed things up by reading this book first out of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels. When I turned greedily to the earlier books I was disappointed.

While the novel has its critics Golden Age purists notoriously view Harriet as a Yoko Ono figure who lured Sayers away from the true path and is, even to my eyes, not without flaws. I can think of few books that I love more. The stakes are high, but I need to know how they feel about it, so that I know how to feel about them.

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Gaudy Night

Plot[ edit ] Harriet Vane returns with trepidation to her alma mater , Shrewsbury College, Oxford to attend the Gaudy dinner. Expecting hostility because of her notoriety she had stood trial for murder in an earlier novel, Strong Poison , she is surprised to be welcomed warmly by the dons, and rediscovers her old love of the academic life. Some time later the Dean of Shrewsbury writes to ask for her help. Harriet, herself a victim of poison-pen letters since her trial, reluctantly agrees, and returns to spend some months in residence, ostensibly to do research on Sheridan Le Fanu and to assist a don with her book. As she wrestles with the case, trying to narrow down the list of suspects who might be responsible for poison-pen messages , obscene graffiti , wanton vandalism including the destruction of a set of scholarly proofs , and the crafting of vile effigies , she is forced to examine her ambivalent feelings about Wimsey, about love and marriage, and about her attraction to academia as an intellectual and emotional refuge. Wimsey eventually arrives in Oxford to help, and she gains a new perspective from those who know him, including his nephew, an undergraduate at the university.


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


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