Reading notes, week 49

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December 4: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers. Also better than I remember, with more coherence. And time-appropriate misogyny, some of it perpetrated by women. Ah well, one can’t have everything.

December 3: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers. Better than I remember but with some cringey moments (“sixteen generations of feudal privilege stirred in Lord Peter’s blood” on seeing the woman his brother was cheating on his sister-in-law with) (I don’t approve of adultery in fiction any more than in reality, but to be honest in this case both of them were married to the wrong person).

December 1: Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. It seems to be time for a Lord Peter Wimsey reread (not only the Harriet Vane books, which I’ve also done in the past). I absolutely know whodunnit, and how, and I think why, but I still want to read it. It’s got a lot of what I think is called “time-appropriate antisemitism”, which annoys me but I would still prefer this version over a modernised, sanitised one.

November 29: The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc. Strangely I got it from Gutenberg but Gutenberg doesn’t seem to have it any more — since they’ve changed their interface it’s harder to find things there anyway — but it’s on wikisource. Yes, it’s clear that it’s from 1907 (a hundred and thirteen years old!) but still very readable. It’s got a crossover story with Sherlock Holmes!

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