The Charioteer: A Novel
Mary Renault’s landmark novel about a wounded soldier who returns from the front and must choose between relationships with two very different men
After being wounded at Dunkirk in World War II, Laurie Odell is sent back home to a rural British hospital. Standing out among the orderlies is Andrew, a bright conscientious objector raised as a Quaker. The unspoken romance between the two men is tested when Ralph, a friend of Laurie’s from school, re-enters his life, introducing him into a milieu of jaded, experienced gay men. Will Laurie reconcile himself to Ralph’s embrace, or can he offer Andrew the idealized, Platonic intimacy he yearns for?
This novel has been called one of the foundation stones of gay literary fiction, ranking alongside James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and Gore Vidal’s The City and the Pillar. Celebrated for its literary brilliance and sincere depiction of complex human emotions, The Charioteer is a stirring and beautifully rendered portrayal of love.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary Renault including rare images of the author.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Slightly claustrophobic for me, but Renault writes about homosexuality like no other author and is also a wonderful historian. Her characters tend to bleed angst. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - alexdaw - LibraryThing
This is one of those books that you finish reading and you're busting to talk to someone else who has read it. The language is often quite cryptic and requires perseverance....a function of the time ... Read full review
A Biography of Mary Renault