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Book Title: The Nine Tailors|
The author of the book: Dorothy L. Sayers
ISBN 13: 9780151658978
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
Date of issue: October 1st 1989
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Dorothy L. Sayers has done it again. Written in 1934, this 11th novel in the Lord Peter Wimsey series shines a light on another topic that I knew nothing at all about. Campanology. The word itself is mysterious, and so is its subject. Campanology is the study of bells, of change-ringing specifically, which adheres to mathematically precise ways in which the bells are rung.
In our story, it is New Year’s Eve and Fenchurch St. Paul’s is attempting to ring 15,840 Kent Treble Bob Majors to match an 1868 feat accomplished in a college church with only 8 men to ring the 8 bells. It will take 9 hours to accomplish and they planned to have 12 ringers so some could fill in while others took a break. Unfortunately, influenza has visited the village and laid low so many of the ringers.
Lord Peter Wimsey and “his man”, Bunter, end up in a ditch about a mile from the village and seek help at the rectory. Lord Peter had experience change-ringing in his own college years and when one of the eight ringers was also laid low with the flu, Lord Peter is asked to help. In his discussions with the rector, we learn about Stedmans, Grandsire Triples, and other mathematical “changes” that have been developed over the years. I was captivated.
And yes, there is a body. One that has been rendered unrecognizable and with no obvious means of death as all injuries to the body were done post-mortem. The man is buried at Fenchurch St. Paul’s, for it is a commitment that the village perform such service for any strangers who die unclaimed in their midst.
Tailor Paul is the deep, sonorous bell that tolls the passing of souls in the village. These are rung in groups of three: there are 6 rings for women, followed by a note for each year of their life. Men receive 9 rings, followed by a note for each year of their life. Thus, “The Nine Tailors” are rung for this man who ended up dead in their village. The notes for the years of his life had to be guessed.
The book’s format itself is like one of the forms of bell ringing. A numerical sequence for bell changes also becomes part of a cryptogram that helps to solve a mystery that Lord Peter suspects is connected to the dead man. The unfolding of this book is a work of genius, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. This novel would serve as a stand-alone as there is little reliance on Lord Peter’s history.
If you read no other Dorothy L. Sayers novel, this would be a great example of her brilliance as a writer and an intellect. The combination of the two is never compromised, yet she writes in a way that can be understood by the lay person as well. I highly recommend this fascinating novel.
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Read information about the authorDorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.
Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work. She is also known for her plays and essays.
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