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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. And Miss Sayers has long stood in a class by herself. Sayers classic to feature mystery writer Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night is now back in print with an introduction by Elizabeth George, herself a crime fiction master.

Paperbackpages. Published March 16th by HarperTorch first published Oxford, England To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gaudy Nightplease sign up. I want to read at least one Dorothy book and i found this is the most acclaimed one. 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.

It’s my favorite, but it’s very dense, and it’s the wind-up of the main character’s relationship with someone he met a few books back. If you want to try Sayers on for size, you might try an earlier one like Murder Must Advertise or The Nine Tailors, both of which are excellent.

Gaudy Night

It’s not that you’d regret reading Gaudy Night, it’s the first one I ever read as well, and I went dorohy to read everything in the series. But I had watched the Mystery! See sayesr question about Gaudy Night…. Lists with This Book. 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.

There are a lot of troubling things about Esther, but also some really fascinating things. As the sermon went on, I felt sure there would be some kind of uprising in the congregation. He never acknowledged the incident. It really makes for a delightful read! Sayers presents the varied personalities of the dons and students of the university with a lot of color and flair.

The fun and thoughtful discussion Dorothy Sayers presents in Gaudy Night on the topic of women being intelligent humans in their own right was vindicating and cathartic for me to read.


She illustrates both the freedom and the shame that successful women feel, and does it in this funny, charming, British way that I adore. Harriet Gajdy is wonderful! Sayers shows these aspects as momentary weaknesses, however, which are secondary to the overall trust and regard that the women show each other. They are not caricatures, but have their own flaws and charms.

I don’t even usually like mysteries, and I don’t have a sense of suspense, so it is surprising how much I love this book, but that’s probably why the social aspect was more striking to me. Lord Peter Whimsey makes his appearance to be useful, charming, and supplicating. Also, I love the way Sayers explores how women think of themselves.

It would have been an unnecessary distraction to go into what men think of us. I like that, even though it was frustrating for my more pedestrian brain.

Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers) – book review

I think I needed the Norton edition. Men were uninvited to the event, and taudy humorous? Other than stuff on my catI think this was the most successful book from that evening, and it actually makes all of the uncomfortable female judgment doroothy it.

I kind of love that this book was given to me in this really awkward event that only women were allowed to come to. This book has so much to say to the contrary. View all 29 comments. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Sayersa strong and talented writer of detective mysteries in their Golden Age of publication. This was truly an excellent book. Upon finishing my third year at college, I’d taken all the required courses and a sayrrs of electives to complete my double majors.

My advisors and professors, knowing I had an affinity for reading and writing sayrs 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. 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 told me I wouldn’t be dorohy to select any of the books I had to read.

She would pick two per month for me to read and discuss. And this was one of the very first ones Despite it being in the middle of a series, which I severely dislike, Noght read it without enjoying the prior installments.

And it turned out OK.

And they begin their own little flirtation and romance. Harriet goes on to be a writer and plans to visit her alma mater, a women’s college in the s Full of some feminism, some mystery, some romance, some education I loved it, even tho at times it was a little too “eyes slanted nightt one’s nose” for my taste.

The writing is fantastic. The mystery is complex. And it’s more about proving false clues, sometimes revisiting nught, but always applying sound logic. Sayers helped pave the way for many future female authors of detective stories.

Christie is still my preference, but I thoroughly enjoyed Sayers’ approach and character-creation. It’s really quite psychological and introspective. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.

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Many thanks to their original creators. View all 8 comments. Jul 17, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published inthis 12th novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey Series is a big story.

Harriet Vane is invited to her class reunion, known as a Gaudy. She has not gone before but decides to do so this time in answer to pleas from some of her former classmates. She surprises herself by enjoying the time away from home and renewing relations with various dons, Fellows, and classmates. At the end of Gaudy night, she finds an offensive drawing on the grounds of the Quad. She also finds an ominous note in the rolled-up sleeve of dorkthy gown.

When she returns home, nigbt dives back in to writing her most recent novel, which has been giving her trouble.

Then, she receives a letter from the Dean of Shrewsbury, Miss Martin, who tells her about some ominous incidents that have been occurring since Gaudy Night. Poison Pen notes, sauers set on fire, random vandalism, and so forth. The Dean asks if Harriet Vane has any idea what it might be about.

Harriet responds that she will return to the College and see if she can do anything to help. This is where we receive a taste of academic life that would be nostalgic for those who had gone to University, and like entering a new and fascinating world for those who had not gone to University. The discussions cover the gamut from literary topics to history to philosophy and science.

I was obliged to search out many topics and references on the computer and had some great adventures. Both a reminiscence and reminder for some people as much as it is a new adventure for others – yet underlying the academia, we have this mystery — who is causing all the turmoil and terrors — and why? The focus seems to be the Seniors Common Room, so even sauers Dean, Treasurer, Warden, Bursar, and other dons and Fellows in the group are under suspicion.

Gradually, as further incidents occur, Harriet is able to start eliminating suspects based on cast-iron alibis, but it is a slow and laborious process. Lord Peter is away on the continent — Rome and Warsaw — and as Harriet Vane progresses in her investigations, she documents the details in a notebook.

I love it when these books include both Lord Peter and Harriet Vane. Their chemistry is fascinating and over the five years of their acquaintance, their individual personal growth is most closely observed when they dorotthy working on a mystery together. This book stretched and expanded my mind.