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The Charioteer - Mary Renault
The Charioteer
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After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans’ hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. As they find solace and companionship together in the idyllic... show more
After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans’ hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. As they find solace and companionship together in the idyllic surroundings of the hospital, their friendship blooms into a discreet, chaste romance. Then one day, Ralph Lanyon, a mentor from Laurie’s schoolboy days, suddenly reappears in Laurie’s life, and draws him into a tight-knit social circle of world-weary gay men. Laurie is forced to choose between the sweet ideals of innocence and the distinct pleasures of experience. Originally published in the United States in 1959, The Charioteer is a bold, unapologetic portrayal of male homosexuality during World War II that stands with Gore Vidal’s The City and the Pillar and Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories as a monumental work in gay literature.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375714184 (0375714189)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 Reading update - finished.
"Remorse, even the greatest, has the nature of a debt; if we could only clear the books we feel that we should be free. But a deep compassion has the nature of love, which keeps no balance sheet; we are no longer our own. So in the presence of this helpless forgiveness, Laurie seemed to himself to b...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
0.0 Reading update - 48%
"...Let us say, then, that the soul resembles the joined powers of a pair of winged horses and charioteer. Now the horses and the drivers of the gods are of equal temper and breed, but with men it is otherwise...." "The sun slanted deep into the wood, making hidden birds sing softly. The touch of ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
2.5 The Charioteer
bookshelves: autumn-2013, published-1953, radio-4, fradio, glbt, wwii, winter-20132014 Read from November 25 to December 06, 2013 BABTBBC BLURB: fter an injury at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell is sent to a veterans' hospital to convalesce. There he befriends Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as ...
Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down!
Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down! rated it
4.5 The Charioteer by Mary Renault
Rating: 4.5/5Summary: Laurie Odell, injured during World War II, is transferred to a veterans hospital. There he meets and falls in love with a Quaker Hospital attendant, Andrew Raynes, an innocent young man who hasn’t figured himself out yet. To complicate matters fate brings back into his life an ...
Les Aventures De Léna Léna
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Review when I have at least half a chance of putting anything coherent on paper.
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