Splendid. My favorite DS book. Completely brought Shrewsbury College to life for me, even before I visited Somerville. Characters I just want to keep knowing.
Great read, enjoy the poetry and prose quotes. It's a lost world, unfortunately. When bogged down, just read any article in the NY Times or Washington Post and after feel dizzy from the dangling participles and misplaced dependent clauses, then rejoice when you return to it.
If you've enjoyed Sayers' Strong Poison and Have His Carcase, the two previous novels about Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey, you'll probably love this one. If not, you probably won't. I've read it and re-read it and loved it each time. But of course I've been in love with Lord Peter Wimsey from the first novel I read with him as protagonist. His finding his true love after all the years, well, it's just too beautiful. The Oxford University verbosity is, of course, nurturing bread and wine for readers of Sayers' novels.
Yes, it's a classic, but still readable? I broke under the weight of all that Oxford U verbosity and gave up halfway through. Much more enjoyable as a BBC minseries.
Book # 10
Dorothy Sayers was a brilliant woman - probably too brilliant to write fiction. Peter Wimsy is an amazing character - i only wish there were dozens more.
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