The Charioteer

The Charioteer 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 objecto
  • Title: The Charioteer
  • Author: Mary Renault
  • ISBN: 9780375714184
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Charioteer
    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.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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    The Charioteer by Mary Renault 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, but with men it is otherwise it sinks down in the midst of heaven, and returns to its own home. The Charioteer Renault, Mary Originally published in the United States in , 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. Charioteer of Delphi The Charioteer Fanlore The Charioteer A Novel Kindle edition by Renault, Mary Sep , The Charioteer A Novel Kindle edition by Renault, Mary Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Charioteer A Novel.

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    Mary Renault was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of Theseus, Socrates, Plato and Alexander the Great, she wrote a non fiction biography of Alexander.Her historical novels are all set in ancient Greece They include a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great In a sense, The Charioteer 1953 , the story of two young gay servicemen in the 1940s who try to model their relationship on the ideals expressed in Plato s Phaedrus and Symposium, is a warm up for Renault s historical novels By turning away from the 20th century and focusing on stories about male lovers in the warrior societies of ancient Greece, Renault no longer had to deal with homosexuality and anti gay prejudice as social problems Instead she was free to focus on larger ethical and philosophical concerns, while examining the nature of love and leadership The Charioteer could not be published in the U.S until 1959, after the success of The Last of the Wine proved that American readers and critics would accept a serious gay love story.

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  • My least favorite thing about this book reporting business is choosing the star rating I seriously get ulcers trying to quantify my personal, subjective response to each book I ve read Was it just okay Did I like it or really like it Part of my problem is that I ve resolved from the beginning to be incredibly stingy with my five star ratings 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 c [...]


  • significantly excellent some passages so stunningly real and identifiable i found myself experiencing things that had happened to me in nearly the same way, as if for the first time.i feel like i already knew everyone i met in this bookfinitive absolutely definitive discussion with author alexis hall prismbookalliance 2014



  • Shame on me When I first heard of Mary Renault and her gay novels, I immediately assumed that because they were written in the 1950 s and by a woman that they were bound to be bad Shame, shame, shame I stand duly chastised And somewhat in awe of Mary Renault She really gets the whole living in fear and shame thing, the way it distorts your life, causes you to doubt yourself, the overly sensitive panic that They somehow know She never comes out to hit us on the head with this She just describes L [...]


  • 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 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 Laurence , whose kneecap was blasted away at the Battle of Dunkirk, is recuperating Laurie becomes enad with a hospital orderly named Andrew, a [...]


  • Mary Renault is one of those authors for whom I was tempted to give 5 stars to all of her books, because I enjoyed them so much But in the interests of maintaining standards Hi Betsy , I will give 5 stars to The Charioteer , a book probably 50 years ahead of its time, but go ahead and recommend all of her historical fiction anyway With perhaps The Mask of Apollo and The King must Die being my favorites among her remaining books.


  • I bought this book after reading The Dark Horse by Josh Lanyon In that story the main character is an actor who is hoping to be chosen for the role of Laurie in a film adaptation of The Charioteer The story draws some parallels between the characters of Sean and Dan in The Dark horse and Laurie and Ralph in The Charioteer I thought that perhaps I ought to read The Charioteer, especially after Josh Lanyon has mentioned it quite a few times since as being a great book.The book is set in the 2nd Wo [...]


  • Today, the social justice movement it is ever so chic to belong to is that of same sex marriage Whether this will continue past the vanilla white male couple with a couple of white male kids, whether success on this front means a tackling of the trans panic genocide defense law in 49 of my 50 states, whether this sensationalized narrowing of all the discrimination, the dehumanization, and the murder of all those beyond the pale of hetero cis etc normativity will go the way of eradication of US s [...]


  • It s impossible for me to rate certain books objectively, because of the life changing impact they had on me.I read The Charioteer in 1976, when I was 13 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 The only gay man I was aware of was a guy, who sold feather dusters around the centre of Athens he was campy, outspoken, mocked, and it scared me that I might be like him Even though I didn t understand all the subt [...]


  • My heart Is it still there Because I feel like someone tore it out and stomped on it.I stayed up way later than I usually do, last night, to finish this, because I couldn t wait any longer The intense and emotional turmoil inside of me started with Andrew s letter and followed through to the end.It wasn t until I finished, and turned off the lights to go to sleep, that I realized what I had been holding in And I cried for a few minutes for the story, for the beautiful writing, for the characters [...]


  • A review is not possible, not for me anyway, because the book is so rich and complex I don t think I have the means to write about it Just a few thoughts.I can t explain how pervasive Laurie became page after page I thought I was keeping an equal distance from him and the other characters, but when I got to the end, I realized I wasn t able to detach my point of view from his and he totally, totally convinced me of his perceptions, so much so that I thought Ralph had really spoken to Andrew I re [...]


  • This is my all time favorite book, for many reasons that are hard to explain In the simplest terms, it s a love story set in England during WWII I d recommend it for anybody who a enjoys literary fiction b is socially open minded and c doesn t need to be hit over the head with plot developments Some people have said that Mary Renault is too reserved, or too subtle in her descriptions of a scene But I think she was a genius at capturing the real, honest essence of people and relationships She s a [...]


  • 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, but with men it is otherwise it sinks down in the midst of heaven, and returns to its own home And there the charioteer leads his horses to the manger, and puts ambrosia before them, with nectar for their drink Such is the life of the gods Really helps to have some understanding of this allegory prior to [...]


  • It s hard for me to do a review of this book for many reasons It seems a bit cheeky for me to even try and it s been around for so long I would imagine that just about everyone I know has read it, but if this review tempts one person who hasn t to give it a whirl, then I ll have achieved something So perhaps it s less of a review and of a personal rave That I love it, is a given.It s a simple enough story on the surface Laurie, young idealistic, attempts to defend Ralph, the head boy at his sch [...]


  • Oh dear god I spent the last hour tearing frantically through the last 50 pages of Mary Renault s The Charioteer and now I m so endlessly relieved, I have no words I was actually sobbing just now because, god This book.This was so, so beautiful To think I might never have read it I don t care how melodramatic it sounds, but I discovered this book by pure accident, because I was looking for stuff on Alexander the Great because I have been interested in Ancient Greek lately because I liked that Ac [...]


  • Conquest is intoxicating, but a gift makes you think But what does thinking lead to anyway 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 Some things can t be thought about The you try to be honest with them, the they lie to you Only when thinking the restless charioteer falls silent, can love triumph, and our weary souls can finally be reconciled for a night in sleep 4.5 stars This book is very dif [...]


  • I knew I was gonna like this book a lot when I decided to read it, but I didn t know how much it was going to CONSUME MY LIFE for a few days goodbye work ethic, but also why this is getting five stars rather than four The writing is absolutely exquisite There were times when I put the book down and thought how much I loved the line I had just read I had forgotten how much I miss this style of writing, that early 20th century British novelist writing that I read so much of in my adolescence and d [...]


  • Laurie O Dell is seriously wounded during the early days of World War II While recuperating in an English hospital, he is entangled in a love triangle On one side is Andrew, a pious, naive young conscientious objector who works in the hospital as an orderly on the other is Ralph, an old school friend who, despite having many affairs with men and women while traveling the world in the navy, still harbors strong feelings for Laurie Laurie is paralyzed with indecision He can have a passionate and f [...]


  • It s official, I worship Mary Renault If there ever was a novel that explored homo romantic platonic love this is it Laurie was severely wounded at Dunkirk and is in convalescence, being treated in a military hospital The setting is one Renault knew well and it is apparent in all of the details and characters that make up the backbone of the story Laurie knows he s gay but of course back then you wouldn t call it that He carries with him Plato s Phadrus which has a passage where Socrates explain [...]


  • 4.75 starsCan life be a blessing,Or worth the possessing,Can life be a blessing, if love were away Ah, no though our love all night keep us waking,And though he torment us with cares all the day,Yet he sweetens, he sweetens our pains in the taking There s an hour at the last, there s an hour to repay The just, the beautiful, and the good.What is and what is becoming Love Identity.How a soul makes the right choice.In life.In love.This is all.This is all for Laurence, Laurie, Odell, 23, also known [...]


  • Where do I start with this one The prose outdoes Harper Fox herself and I didn t think that could be done Haunting, evocative, brilliant writing, which captures the tense atmosphere and gloomy, subdued mood of the early WWII years extremely well Who to trust, what to say, how to behave these weren t just issues for the gay population to think about and concern themselves with at that time, although they obviously had much to lose should their secret see the light of day.Yes, it is a love story [...]


  • rating 5 5Laurie Odell, injured during World War II, is transferred to a veterans hospital There he meets and falls in love with a Quaker Hospital attendant, Andrew Raynes, an innocent young man who hasn t figured himself out yet To complicate matters fate brings back into his life an old school friend, Ralph Lanyon, who is familiar with the pitfalls of being gay during that era and also develops feelings for him Laurie, healing from his injury and at the crossroads of his life, must now make ch [...]


  • wow, what a find being a fan of somerset maugham and oscar wilde, I found a lot of similarities, perhaps because of relationships that need to be read between the linesthis is a WWII gay love story triangle of three protagonist, laurie odell, ralph lanyon, and andrew raynesin prep school laurie is given Plato s Phadrus by his superior, ralph, 3 years his senior, as a gift upon ralph s departure mr lanyon is being expelled because of an indiscretion with a younger studentby chapter three we find [...]


  • I love this book It s a slice of life I d never have thought to seek out before it found me young gay British intellectuals swept up into World War II, injured, and recuperating during the Blitz which seems a little non terrifying and romanticized here, but I choose to let that slide in the face of a fascinatingly nuanced love story SHUT UP IT S CHRISTMAS AND EVERYTHING S FUZZY.Here s a speech from 1953 that holds up perfectly well today You say this boy has guts, but what you re trying to do fo [...]


  • I m not sure that my review can ever do The Charioteer justice One look at other people s reviews and it ll be immediately apparent that Renault has touched her readers deeply, and I m no less than everyone else The Charioteer is a novel to be savored It works on than one level, and in fact it s one of those books that can be re read to discover what you missed the first, second, third time around When you have finally extracted all the meanings you are able to, it is time to read The Phaedrus [...]


  • 100% update This was one of the most difficult books I have ever had to go through Thank gosh for the chapter by chapter discussions I found on LiveJournal, or else I probably would have given up I was so utterly lost from a lot of the assumed knowledge of cultural slang and historical context But I was hanging on to every interaction, going back to reread and realize the subtle moments and meanings that were taking place that I had completely missed Every slight touch or look stole my breath Th [...]


  • Novels, like films and other art forms, date The best works of art tap into something universal, and timeless, and can be read and enjoyed across the decades Some novels are so full of contemporary mood and feeling, they quickly become period pieces and snapshots of a particular time and place.The Charioteer is about a love triangle between three men in England during the Second World War It was written in the 1950s and covers gay love as you d expect a British novel of the 1950s to discreetly A [...]


  • Ah, yes, The Charioteer By the matchless Mary Renault, my love for whom cannot be expressed in strong enough terms, the author of Fire from Heaven and The Persian Boy, which I read as a kid and have never stopped loving The Charioteer is one of her earlier novels, set in modern times World War II , at an army hospital as it happens.Basically the main character, Laurie called Spud because his last name s Odell, bless him is wounded at Dunkirk and falls madly in love with a conscientious objector [...]


  • Mary Renault s The Charioteer has definitely become one of the most amazing books I have ever read It treats a very sensitive topic in a really subtle way The book is also incredibly involving I found the beginning a bit slow and the language of the 50s a bit complicated, but I m really happy that it did not scare me off and I decided to continue reading There was a point in the book when I suddenly started feeling that I almost participate in the events, that I wait together with the main chara [...]


  • This is an excellent novel sent almost to perdition by one of the worst covers ever Am I the only one who thinks this looks like Wesley Crusher in a Star Trek uniform Anyway, you can t go wrong with any novel from this author She can write masterpieces This is a great story It just needs a decent cover.


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