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Old 10-14-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
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Dorothy Sayers blooper

I just finished rereading Strong Poison, enjoyed it a lot, and have started reading Have His Carcase again. On the second page I was surprised to read that Harriet Vane, who was 29 years old in Strong Poison, is now 28. However, in spite of this minor author's oversight, I recommend both mysteries, which also feature a romantic subplot that continues in Gaudy Night and Busman's Honeymoon.
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A number of Sayer's works are available here at Mobileread, btw, free and lovingly formatted.
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I noticed the Dorothy Sayers ebook uploads, but unfortunately they are life+50 (except for Whose Body) and not public domain in the US.
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True, but not of much relevance to those of us who live in life+70 countries, where they are still very much under copyright protection.
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re: Sayers - Sorry about that. But for those eligible, a gentle reminder.
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:53 PM   #6
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I wonder if it is actually a blooper myself. I mean who is to say that the author didn't decide to write about her character when she was a year younger than in the earlier book. A.C. Doyle penned Hound of the Baskervilles after The Final Problem but set it at a time before then and C.S. Forster didn't stay linear when writing about Horatio Hornblower I understand. That is he wrote out of sequence as far as his characters age etc. from one book to another.
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True, but not of much relevance to those of us who live in life+70 countries, where they are still very much under copyright protection.
That's all right, Harry. I won't tell on you if you don't tell on me.

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I wonder if it is actually a blooper myself. I mean who is to say that the author didn't decide to write about her character when she was a year younger than in the earlier book.
In the book where she's 29, she meets lord Peter Wimsey. In the book where she's 28, she already knows him.
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I have the whole series as audio books, narrated by Ian Carmichael (who played Lord Peter Wimsey on British TV in the 1970s). Extremely well done.
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... Harriet Vane, who was 29 years old in Strong Poison, is now 28. .
Well spotted.

I just checked the printed editions. It's the same there, so we can't blame it on a transcription error in the ebooks.

Still, it's a small error in what are otherwise excellent stories.
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I have the whole series as audio books, narrated by Ian Carmichael (who played Lord Peter Wimsey on British TV in the 1970s). Extremely well done.
I agree, Ian Carmichael was an excellent Lord Peter Wimsey. There was another actor in that role in a later series, but he didn't quite measure up (at least for me). I associate Ian Carmichael with Wimsey as I do Basil Rathbone with Sherlock Holmes, Raymond Burr with Perry Mason, and Richard Greene with Robin Hood.
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For audiobooks, I must recommend Five Red Herrings read by Patrick Malahide, with every character speaking with a different accent and manner of speaking, so one always knows who speaks. It's a pity he only narrated this one book.
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I agree, Ian Carmichael was an excellent Lord Peter Wimsey. There was another actor in that role in a later series, but he didn't quite measure up (at least for me). I associate Ian Carmichael with Wimsey as I do Basil Rathbone with Sherlock Holmes, Raymond Burr with Perry Mason, and Richard Greene with Robin Hood.
Same here - but the fountain scene in the skintight harlequin costume may have been a mistake...
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Same here - but the fountain scene in the skintight harlequin costume may have been a mistake...
To what are you referring?
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To what are you referring?
Ian Carmichael diving off the fountain in Murder Must Advertise. I think Sayers probably envisioned her hero as a bit thinner.

It was Carmichael's Lord Peter that started me reading Sayers, though, so I have fond memories of those programs.

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