Sayers recommendations??


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Sayers recommendations??

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1mom5mills Primo messaggio
Apr 1, 2007, 4:05 pm

The only Sayers I've ever read is her "Lost tools of Learning essay." Can anyone give me recommendations? Whats a good one of hers to start with??

Apr 1, 2007, 7:02 pm

Her Lord Peter Wimsey mystery series is what's she's best known for in fiction. Lord Peter is the detective, a WWI veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder with a penchant for the finer things in life: a well-tuned piano, rare books, and a glass of old brandy.

I really enjoy this series and re-read them every year or so. Lord Peter is a fabulous character and I just love the language of the writing.

The first in the series is Whose Body? followed by:

Clouds of Witness
Unnatural Death
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
The FIve Red Herrings
Murder must Advertise
The Nine Tailors
Strone Poison
Have His Carcase
Gaudy Night
Busman's Honeymoon

There is also an enjoyable collection of short stories, but I would read a few of the novels before starting those.

Modificato: Apr 1, 2007, 8:21 pm

Not sure if you're interested in her Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, as suggested in #2, or her Christian writings. Since you're posting here, I'll assume the latter, and recommend that you read one of the various collections of her essays. Although the contents are substantially the same, the collections are differently titled: Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World, The Whimsical Christian: Reflections on God and Man by the Creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, and Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine. Frankly, I'd avoid the last, as it's quite sloppily edited (at least the edition I have is). The essays will give you the best idea of her theological thinking, which you can then follow up with some of her other work, such as her mystery (in the other sense of the word!) plays.

I'm reminded, now, that there is also a very interesting book, not by Sayers, but about her and her work, called The Seven Deadly Sins in the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers, by Janice Brown. Well worth hunting up.

Apr 2, 2007, 5:40 am

Thanks for the suggestions! I love a good mystery.

Apr 2, 2007, 5:42 am

Thank you for the essay suggestions.

Set 7, 2008, 12:34 pm

I wrote a novel for national novel-writing month, and a friend who read it to give me a critique recommended The Nine Tailors as an example of how much technical detail one could include in a work of fiction -- in this case on bell-ringing. So I got the book and enjoyed it very much (no, mine wasn't about bell-ringing).

She also edited a collection of short stories called Detection, Mystery, Horror. Unfortunately I no longer have it, so I can't see if any of her own stories are included.

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