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Onrust in Oxford (1935)

door Dorothy L. Sayers

Andere auteurs: Zie de sectie andere auteurs.

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

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This full-cast audio dramatization of Gaudy Night was specially recorded for BBC Radio. When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the 'Gaudy, ' the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obsentities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters--including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup." Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection--and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.… (meer)
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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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So British, full of Oxford love. And who wouldn't love a fiance who puts a thick leather dog collar on his fiancee to keep her from getting strangled by the unknown killer? I have no critical distance from these LPW books. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Neither a genuine detective story nor a true novel of ideas, it is difficult to consider Gaudy Night a success. Dorothy L. Sayers is an excellent writer with a brilliant mind, but this novel lacks the elements that would make it shine in either genre. The mystery is thin, the 'puzzle' elements sparse, the solution sudden and unprompted. The feeling of menace and malice is, however, palpable. Regarded as a 'serious' novel, the secondary characters are poorly delineated, giving the impression of a Greek chorus rather than a cast of individuals. The setting (like that of the superior The Nine Tailors) is a somewhat reclusive community, and it is teasing out ideas prompted by the setting that finds Sayers at her happiest. Worth reading for fans of Sayers, but those looking for a great story of the 'Golden Age of Crime' should try an earlier Wimsey. ( )
  Lirmac | May 31, 2021 |
Fabulous! Such great lines, "Each after each, from all the towers of Oxford, clocks struck the quarter-chime, in a tumbling cascade of friendly disagreement." and "(for there is no chance assembly of people who cannot make a lively conversation about drains)" A good mystery satisfactorily solved. Love the characters, the setting, the language. What's not to like? Ian Carmichael did a good job narrating. He does not have different voices for the various characters, so it occasionally became confusing but not often enough to be annoying. I was glad to have the print edition to read along and to track down the Latin quotes. (Why doesn't Kindle have a Latin dictionary? so sad!) ( )
1 stem njcur | May 19, 2021 |
This novel was often confusing to read as I am entirely unfamiliar with women's college life in Oxford in the 1930's, but the writing is succinct and descriptive without being written like a screen play. The mystery itself seemed only to serve s a backdrop for Sayers to muse about the role and place of women in public and private life. It was both reassuring and a little disconcerting to see the same concerns being argued and discussed by her characters in 1936 as we have today. A wonderfully intellectual, but extremely enjoyable book. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
This time through I was mostly enjoying my time with Harriet and was a bit less enthusiastic when Peter was spotted. The things he noticed immediately that Harriet should have seen and the way he is always ahead of her reasoning, as if Sayers really couldn't make Harriet really be Peter's equal, just the best he could find. At least tucked safely among the elite of Oxford the period prejudices were on the hind foot. ( )
  quondame | Dec 29, 2020 |
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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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This full-cast audio dramatization of Gaudy Night was specially recorded for BBC Radio. When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the 'Gaudy, ' the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obsentities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters--including one that says, "Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup." Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection--and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.

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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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