The Charioteer

The Charioteer

A Novel

Paperback - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375714184
0375714189
Branch Call Number: RENAULT M
PR6035.E55 C48 2003
Characteristics: 347 p. ; 21 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 02, 2017

Renault's tale about a British soldier coming to terms with his homosexuality is wonderful storytelling and keeps your interest throughout. A change of pace from her ancient Greece-type of books, but just as entertaining.

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