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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Anything I actively crave earns the fourth star: Some fan discussions have not, strictly speaking, been about the book, but have been about the context of the book. The hope is that Laurie and Ralph can build a meaningful relationship rather than a life of sexual gratification.

Which god does my chariot follow? I love this book. The Charioteer has been described as “a book of immense and subtle power and almost painful beauty” [2] It combines a philosophical analysis of gay love, a war story, a classic love triangle, and a novel of character. They just both had romances in hospitals between wounded soldiers and hospital staff: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

No offence but why the book jacket? Tilendis in Rambles18 December Curiously, the number of comments tended to decrease, though many reflect a greater interest in analysing the fanwork and its background. Her American publisher, incidentally, turned the book down, considering it too hot to handle in a country where the administration believed that “sexual deviants” were likely to be traitors.

I had forgotten mqry much I miss this style of writing, that early 20th century British novelist writing that I read so much of in my adolescence and don’t read as much now. They’re sometimes decent, sometimes petty. Even though I didn’t understand all the subtext until years later, reading The Charioteer led me to understand what I am and what I might become.

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Mafy are really sentimental moments Andrew’s letter especiallybut the ending’s little twist makes me laugh out loud. Apr 18, Sophie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t remember many books that more successfully conveyed private emotional states, a description of the physical world, complex and convincingly human characters and their interactions, and all the rest of that stuff that contributes to making up a really class-A, five-star novel.


She never comes out to hit us on the head with mart.

Only two of ten participants actually finished the book. A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Yes, it is a Where do I start with this one??

But if Laurie does not decide, he will lose both of the men he loves. There were times when I put the book down and thought how much I loved the line I had just read. Aug 08, R.

His object of desire is Andrew a Quaker and conscious objector who has newly been hired as an orderly at the hospital. See 2 questions about The Charioteer…. An American edition was not published until Pantheonat which time the book was cut from some pages to pages in length, mostly from the first half of the story.

We might like to be. I was actually sobbing just now because, god. Yes, it is a love story of sorts, although there is no HEA. The North Face The Charioteer The Charioteer First edition cover. Mary Renault’s “The Charioteer” has definitely become one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece. The more you try to be honest with them, the more charioteerr lie to you. The Charioteer by Mary Renault. The setting is one Renault knew well and it is apparent amry all of the details and characters marh make up the backbone of the story.

The Charioteer is one of her earlier novels, set more in modern times World War IIat an army hospital as it happens.

The Charioteer, by Mary Renault, review

This was a book I found rejault reading while walking down a crowded street at midday in Chinatown, a childhood behavior to which I rarely revert But you know, there’s no future in screwing down all the pressure valves and smashing in the gauge.


Rsnault other love interest; a Quaker; works at the hospital at which Laurie is a patient [7] Reg Barker: Mary Renault is known for her historical fiction set in ancient Greece, but The Charioteer takes place during World War II, mostly inside a British hospital where Laurie Laurencewhose kneecap was blasted away at the Battle of Dunkirk, is recuperating.

I knew I was different, but not in a way that bore mentioning or even secret acknowledgement in the ulta-macho Greece of that time. Ralph’s partner [13] Alec Deacon: And their chaste romance continues apace, because Laurie nobly fears that he will chariotteer everything for innocent Andrew if he tells him about homosexuality. Even so, the language was beautiful. The maryrenaultfics community completed three lengthy chapter-by-chapter CBC discussions of The Charioteerin, and I stand duly chastised.

I’ve only given five stars to books that I feel have affected my sense of self and relation to the world on some profound and fundamental level, which has created the problem that my four-star category now is the broadest and least meaningful.

Fans initially renauot Sandy intensely, finding it out of character that, towards the end of the novel, he renauult saves the hospital from an incendiary bomb while on fire-watch. Refresh and try again. View all 7 comments.

These aren’t heroic characters, though they can be that, too. Instead she was free to focus on larger ethical and philosophical concerns, while examining the nature of love and leadership.

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