|Plot Summary of Gaudy Night|
Gaudy Night is a tale of intrigue within an intellectual setting. The crime is not actually a physical wrong committed against any number of people, but is more of an intellectual crime committed against an educational institutition.
The protagonist, Harriet Vane is asked to return to her alma mater Oxbridge, to solve the mystery of who might be doing the mechevious acts against certain Dons within the school. Vane herself has just recently been acquitted of murder against her old boyfriend who had been found dead of poisoning. Vane calls in her good friend Peter Wimsey to help her solve the mystery of the university.
Wimsey is a world-renown sleuth who has political connections all over the continent. Through his many investigative tactics Wimsey is able to prove that the crime is against the intellectual women of the school and also against their integrity as scholastic members of society. The antagonist, due to the fact that her husband lost his tenure because of one of the Don's reports, has become bitter and evengeful.
The plot of Gaudy Night is a highly sophisticated plot and is definately not for the reader who is looking for a easy and light-hearted read.
This synopsis report prepared by Christina Forsyth
In Gaudy Night, the mystery takes a backseat to the characters. Normally, that'd be a disaster, but Sayers writes so well she can pull it off - and pull it off masterfully.
Harriet Vane returns to her Oxford alma mater, only to become involved in a poison pen mystery that threatens to do serious harm to her college.
This synopsis report prepared by Ivy
|Chapter Analysis of Gaudy Night|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 70%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Somewhat obvious
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
Has special powers?
- Super genius
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
A lot of techno jargon?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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