Book Reviews of Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night
Gaudy Night
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
ISBN-13: 9780450053429
ISBN-10: 0450053423
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Publisher: New English Library
Book Type: Paperback
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Very old fashioned but really enjoyable book about a woman mystery writer in England during the 1930's. She goes to a college reunion and gets involved in a mystery
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The English mysteries are always the best mysteries. And Dorothy Sayers myteries are the best of the best. This one has it all, bizarre pranks, scrawled obscenties, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters. Now what could be better on a cold winter's night?
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Harriet Vane returns to Oxford for a reunion of the women's college. Naturally, murder and mayhem ensue. Eventually Lord Peter arrives, on his own errand, and gets caught up on the grisly events. Vane and Wimsey spend some old-fashioned quality time as well.
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Obscene graffiti, poison pen letters and a disgusting effigy greeted Harriet Vane on her return to Oxford for the 'Gaudy' celebrations. A graduate of ten years before and now a successful novelist, this should have been a pleasant, nostalgic visit for her - but someone had other, depraved ideas. She asks her lover, Lord Peter Wimsey, for help.
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This book is 501 pages. It should be edited down to about 300 pages and it would have been much more enjoyable. In the future, I will be sure to check the number of pages for her books. I got through the book by skipping pages of just words that seemed to drag on and on.
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This book is told from the point of view of Harriet Vane, not Peter Wimsey. This change allowed the author to explore the women's academic world of the time. While the book reflects the ideas that intelligent women should be allowed to join their male counterpoints in academia or the career world, the author also reflects on the sadness of forcing girls into these new fields when they don't have the interest or aptitude for them. Using the point of view of Harriet Vane also allowed Sayers to talk about the craft of writing, which I enjoyed.
The first half of the book moved a little slowly for me, although I'll confess that I probably felt that way because I missed Peter Wimsey's presence. During the second half of the book, I couldn't put it down.
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Typical Dorothy Sayers. A pleasure to read.
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All the Lord Peter Wimsey/ Harriet Vane books are great, and Gaudy Night is one of Sayers' best!
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Wonderful book. Amusing and well written.
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This is a murder mystery based on Harriet Vane who returns to Oxford for a reunion. It's been a while since I read the book. I read it in a Detective Fiction course. It is a true mystery.