The charioteer

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Pantheon Books, May 1, 1983 - Fiction - 380 pages
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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 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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User Review  - Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ - Goodreads

The Charioteer ~ Plato …Let us say, then, that the soul resembles the joined powers of a pair of winged horses and a charioteer. Now the horses and drivers of the gods are of equal temper and breed ... Read full review

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Having really enjoyed Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy, I think I was expecting more. Still, I did enjoy the book, although the dialogue, often with hidden and subtle subtext was sometimes difficult ... Read full review

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Rambles: Mary Renault, The Charioteer
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Mary Renault - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Review of Gillian Freeman's The Leather Boys by Martin Foreman
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About the author (1983)

Renault was born in London, she attended Oxford, then trained for a nurse. After the war she settled in South Africa.

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