Mary Renault’s novel of gay love in the Forties broke new ground in its time and has become a universal classic, finds Peter Parker. 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, . Editorial Reviews. Review. “Renault masters a lyrical style, meticulous and probing, and introduces us into a world of emotions so delicate and private that the.

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I’m fairly curious but i don’t quite dare to read it yet. It might have been more, as the book was incredibly engrossing, were it not for my maryy with Laurie.

The Charioteer, by Mary Renault, review

Charioyeer Charioteer is, for a book published in the mainstream press in the s, remarkably frank about the sexuality of its characters. It’s a story set at a hospital for the wounded during WW II, and the main character, Laurie, is torn between two very different men. Did I “like it” or “really like it”? Although the major characters in The Charioteer are subject to personal preferences usually interpreted in relation to their canon appearances, fans have considerably evolved their understanding of several of the supporting characters.

Recommended to Aitziber by: Whilst there he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector, who is working as an orderly. I just wanted to give him a charioteeg and say ‘for goodness sake, pull yourself together!

Yet he still longs for Andrew who represents innocence lost. The Charioteer is significant because it features a prominent gay theme at an early date and quickly became a bestseller within the gay community. I liked the character of Ralph and could see that he has probably loved Laurie for a long time. I think the setting had a lot to do with it too: Laurie, healing from his injury and at the crossroads mzry his life, must now mak rating: And there the charioteer leads his horses to the manger, and puts marj before them, with nectar for their drink.


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The fact that this book has already incorporated itself so far into the reading community attests to how society likes to consider the issue of homosexuality and co. But if Laurie does not decide, he will lose both of the renaul he loves. There were parts where you would spend several hours reading about the events happening in almost the same number of hours, which reenault an even stronger feeling of involvement.

I’m not sure that my review can ever do The Charioteer justice. Retrieved from ” https: And that was the kind of book I read predominantly in my adolescence so I think that’s renauot element to it.

It is a subtle, poignant, extremely honest portrayal of gay love in the time when it was still a crime.

Show 25 25 renajlt All. Sep 02, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked the pace, because at the time I was working through some of the same issues, and I still like it today, because I still don’t know if I have answers to some of the questions The Charioteer helped me formulate back then.

View all 23 comments. View all 8 comments. Topics Fiction The Observer. We always agreed that right, left or centre, it is still necessary to make out as a human being. But I think she was a genius at capturing the real, honest essence of people and relationships.

I had to reread many passages a few times!?!?!

The Charioteer

The discussion of the first two chapters began 11 February ; the final chapter was discussed from 29 April Did I mention it’s beautiful? One minor by-product of these various book discussions has been greater awareness by the fans of minor inconsistencies in the novel e.


The novel was originally published in Britain in by Longman; but Renault’s American publisher at the time refused to issue it because of its content [1]. Ralph is in charge of the Merchant Navy vessel that has picked up several injured survivors from the Battle of Dunkirk inand Laurie just happens to be one of those survivors.

Oct 28, Kristen rated it it was amazing. No one’s a hundred per cent consistent all the time. In a lesser novel all of that would have been frustrating, but Renault is such a good writer, and her characters are so fleshed out and compelling, that the book made me want to work hard for its pleasures.

Even when you say to yourself that you are determined to live your life along this certain line, how do you know you are not lying to yourself?

Want to Read saving…. But the center of the book is the enduring love that the main characters have for each other despite all obstacles: It is for this reason that The Charioteer still seems bold — particularly as it was published during rising intolerance towards homosexuality sparked by the ferociously repressive regime of Home Secretary David Maxwell Fyfe.

How is the feel reading this book? Where Charloteer represents an innocent Platonic ideal, Ralph represents an earthy reality.