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  - John Bosworth - Goodreads

I'm not really sure if I have very much to say about 'The Charioteer' other than fragmentary expressions of awe: Jeez Louise! Holy Moly! Wow! Oh my god! This is, without a doubt, one of the most ... Read full review

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User Review  - KM Soehnlein - Goodreads

I knew nothing about this novel when I began reading it. By the time I was done, I was convinced it belonged near the top of the list of the best novels ever written about gay characters. Mary Renault ... Read full review

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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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