New Meetup: Takoma Park Book Club September - Thrillers

From: Rebecca M.
Sent on: Monday, August 31, 2009 12:36 PM
I apologize for the late posting. I was on vacation and I bet you were, too. Anyhow, we'll get an introduction to two famous characters, Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey.

What: Takoma Park Book Club September - Thrillers

When: September 17,[masked]:30 PM

Mayorga Cafe
8040 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring , MD 20910

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers is the book of the month. Wikipedia summarizes it: "The women of Harriet Vane's alma mater, Shrewsbury College (a thinly veiled take on Sayers' own Somerville College[1]), have invited her back to attend the much anticipated 'Gaudy' celebrations. However, the mood soon turns sour when a malicious lunatic begins defacing the all-female establishment with obscene graffiti, as well as destroying important manuscripts, sending dark messages to several people and crafting vile effigies. Desperate to avoid a possible murder on campus, Harriet asks her old friend Wimsey to investigate.

"Gaudy" derives from the Latin gaudium and Old French gaudie, meaning "merry-making" or "enjoyment". A college gaudy is a dinner; in this case an annual reunion one. The phrase "gaudy night" is taken from Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra:

Let's have one other gaudy night: call to me / All my sad captains; fill our bowls once more / Let's mock the midnight bell.

?Antony and Cleopatra, Act III scene 11 line 182"

Sorry for the late posting - I was on vacation. But B.A. says this is a quick read.

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