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Onrust in Oxford (1935)

door Dorothy L. Sayers

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Reeksen: Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane (3), Lord Peter Wimsey (12)

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Harriet Vane's Oxford reunion is shadowed by a rash of bizarre pranks and malicious mischief that include beautifully worded death threats, burnt effigies, and vicious poison-pen letters, and Harriet finds herself and Lord Peter Wimsey challenged by an elusive set of clues.
Onlangs toegevoegd doorAtleeNorthmore, JFBCore, JoeB1934, IndigoJones, besloten bibliotheek, JFB87, JoekRoex
Nagelaten BibliothekenBarbara Pym, Rex Stout, Anthony Burgess
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    A Civil Campaign door Lois McMaster Bujold (PhoenixFalls)
    PhoenixFalls: A Civil Campaign is Lois McMaster Bujold's attempt to replicate Gaudy Night -- with an infusion of Georgette Heyer -- in her long-running Vorkosigan Saga.
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    The Late Scholar door Jill Paton Walsh (merry10)
    merry10: The Late Scholar is Jill Paton Walsh's further exploration of Dorothy L. Sayers' themes in Gaudy Night.
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    Death Among the Dons door Janet Neel (littlegreycloud)
    littlegreycloud: A murder mystery, an academic setting, an unusual heroine, a knight in shining armour (although John McLeish is more believable than Lord Peter;): check, check, check and check. But most importantly: really good writing.
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    Dodelijke nalatenschap door Laurie R. King (zembla)
    zembla: Both feature good banter, a mystery set in a mostly-female environment, and a tentative romance between the sleuth protagonists.
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    Lucky Jim door Kingsley Amis (kraaivrouw)
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    A College of Magics door Caroline Stevermer (bmlg)
    bmlg: lively and engaging depiction of the community of women scholars
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    Death at the President's Lodging door Michael Innes (themulhern)
    themulhern: "Death at the President's Lodging" is a more fun book about people running about an English college in the 1930s in the middle of the night.
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"I gather that he nearly knocked you down, damaged your property, and generally made a nuisance of himself, and you instantly concluded he must be some relation to me."
  taurus27 | Aug 17, 2022 |
Dorothy Sayers really outdid herself with this one. In spite of the fact that Peter Wimsey is off in Europe for most of Gaudy Night, this book might give use more insight into his character than any other. Harriet Vane is a fantastic narrator. Let's speak no more on her feelings about Peter--her perspective on women and education is fascinating enough. The women's college in interwar Oxford rendered here is one of the most vibrant and interesting settings I've ever read. The faculty and students of the school are highly varied and remarkable, but even the school buildings are objects of fascination in their own right here. I could tell how many varied and conflicting feelings Harriet has about Oxford, and by the end of the book I was feeling them too.
Most of all, I loved coming to understand Harriet's complex feelings about marriage. The issue of marriage is everywhere in this book. She thinks about marriage a lot on the page, and we see her feelings about it change day by day--but it's much more than that making it feeling real. Harriet's feelings also make a lot of sense in consideration of her past relationships and the murder trial. And her feelings are reflected in how she responds to the women she meets throughout the books, as she notes how their relationships have changed them, or haven't, and as she responds to their perspectives on marriage and men. And of course, the issues of marriage and women's education--which are closely connected--are closely tied to the core conflict of the book. The mystery may not be the strongest one ever written, but I very much felt the stress that Harriet Vane does in solving it--because she makes you understand why the women's college matters. Harriet Vane really makes this book. She was a unique woman in fiction in 1935, and even now she still feels fresh and modern. I wrote this review after my second reading, and it definitely won't be my last. ( )
  Sammelsurium | Aug 3, 2022 |
I like Dorothy Sayers - read the all - she is a lot like Agatha Christie, but with a little humor. ( )
  kathp | Jun 10, 2022 |
(20) It took me a bit to get into this mystery novel by this highly regarded literary mystery author. (How have I NOT read her work before?) The setting is Oxford maybe early 20th century or so and the book is peppered with allusions and Latin, French, even Greek. The Woman's college at Oxford with its own dons, and warden, etc. is where Miss Harriet Vane returns for what seems like a class reunion - the eponymous 'gaudy night.' While there she becomes involved in the mystery of a malicious practical joker who is terrorizing the college - sending nasty notes, stealing things, vandalizing. The dons are trying to deal with the matter internally as publicity would be devastating to the school's reputation - Enter Miss de Vane - a character I am now just encountering that has a perilous history and is courted by this author's serial amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

The mystery unfolds slowly - eventually turns out to be a limited group of suspects who are thrown in a room together at the end as Lord Wimsey discusses the deductions that have led him to know the identity of the culprit. No spoilers here - but lets just say -- I didn't guess. But in all fairness, I feel the reader is somewhat purposely misdirected. Anyway, the mystery was delightful, but I felt I was missing things at times because I had never read this series before and I could not keep all the dons straight. I feel Miss Barton, Miss Edwards, Miss Pyle, etc. etc. were not characterized sufficiently for me to keep them straight in my mind to truly participate in the sleuthing. Wait now, which one was that again? Who was where, when? .. Who is she, again? I fear 20 years ago I would not have had this difficulty but my olde(er) brain has trouble without either distinct purposeful characterizations or a 'cast of characters' list to refer back to.

So while not my highest rating, I enjoyed this very much and I think have finally found a new mystery series to read. I have not been able to truly warm up to Rendell's Inspector Wexford, or Josephine Tey, or even Poirot. I think I will look for the first in the series. ( )
  jhowell | Apr 24, 2022 |
Glorious. I knew that a Sayers re-read would have highs and lows — every book thus far has had some kind of racial slur in it, and that’s almost enough of a turn off to stop reading. Lord Peter’s decision to woo Harriet Vane while she was on trial for murder — also a low point.

And then there’s Gaudy Night. The book where I originally fell irrevocably in love with the series. If it let me down, I’d have stopped this nostalgic exploration. Dear reader, it did not. It continues to be a transformative work for me — it is so strongly evocative of both Oxford’s rare and tranquil setting and its fraught and turbulent scholarship. I had two halcyon summers there and this book takes me back there so vividly. I also went to a women’s college, and this book captures that experience as well — thoughtful, brave, embattled women scholars, and the constant pull to put study aside for relationships. All of those things are so central to this story, and the mystery is engrossing as well.

It’s worth reading for all of that, but the part which takes my breath away, again! Is the apology at the end. Possibly one of the most romantic conversations in literature, for me, — Lord Peter realizing that trying to woo Harriet when she was vulnerable was a terrible, damaging, unkind thing to do. And he takes responsibility for it and apologizes for it. And then Harriet makes her own decision about what she wants to do next.

Brings a smile to my face every time. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Dorothy L. Sayersprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
George, ElizabethIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Juva, KerstiVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Ledwidge, NatachaIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
McDowell, JaneVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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The University is a Paradise, Rivers of Knowledge are there, Arts and Sciences flow from thence. Counsell Tables are HORTI CONCLUSI (as it is said in the Canticles), GARDENS THAT ARE WALLED IN, and they are FONTES SIGNATI, WELLS THAT ARE SEALED UP; bottomless depths of unsearchable Counsels there. J. Donne
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Harriet Vane sat at her writing-table and stared out into Mecklenburg Square.
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'The social principle seems to be,' suggested Miss Pyke, 'that we should die for our own fun and not other people's.' 'Of course I admit,' said Miss Barton, rather angrily, 'that murder must be prevented and murderers kept from doing further harm. But they ought not to be punished and they certainly ought not to be killed.' 'I suppose they ought to be kept in hospitals at vast expense, along with other unfit specimens,' said Miss Edwards. 'Speaking as a biologist, I must say I think public money might be better employed. What with the number of imbeciles and physical wrecks we allow to go about and propagate their species, we shall end by devitalising whole nations.' 'Miss Schuster-Slatt would advocate sterilisation,' said the Dean. 'They're trying it in Germany, I believe,' said Miss Edwards. 'Together,' said Miss Hillyard, 'with the relegation of woman to her proper place in the home.' 'But they execute people there quite a lot,' said Wimsey, 'so Miss Barton can't take over their organisation lock, stock and barrel.'
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Harriet Vane's Oxford reunion is shadowed by a rash of bizarre pranks and malicious mischief that include beautifully worded death threats, burnt effigies, and vicious poison-pen letters, and Harriet finds herself and Lord Peter Wimsey challenged by an elusive set of clues.

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Description on the cover (1947): "In Lord Peter Wimsey, Dorothy L. Sayers has created one of those characters in detective fiction who, like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Philo Vance capture the imagination and have their own very special methods of tracking down a criminal. Lord Peter is the perfect dilettante. He has nothing of the sleuth about him and heard his man Bunter give Miss Sayers' stories a humourous note without destroying the suspense of her plots. The action of GAUDY NIGHT takes place at Oxford and like all this author's works, it is far more than a problem in crime. A novel full of atmosphere whose principal characters are careful psychological studies and where the search for the criminal forms part of a story which stands on its own merits. Here is that rare thing, a detective story which is at the same time a study in human relationships and a brilliant description of English University life."
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