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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As I personally read just for pleasure and judge books exclusively on their merits as entertainment, when I’m forced to confront this artwork thing it feels like a revelation. Aunt Olive’s surname is not given in the book; but, like Lucy’s fharioteer name, it is usually taken to be Lethbridge.

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. 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 Mary Renault’s “The Charioteer” has definitely become one of the most amazing books I have ever read.

Inthe community polled its members to choose the next book to discuss. After finishing the book I have went through all the reviews and found that a lot of mar felt involved in the same way as me, staying up late, reading for short moments when waiting to cross the street, etc. Not only is Renault able to show a whole spectrum of experience through these three characters but the story takes on a life of its own as their three lives collide and intertwine.

Even though I didn’t understand all the It’s impossible for me to rate certain books objectively, because of the life-changing impact they had on me. I love this book. The story was subtle and slow-moving; romantic and emotional. The advice it offered: Which god does my chariot follow?


Although the major characters in The Charioteer are subject to personal preferences usually interpreted in relation to their canon appearances, fans have considerably evolved their understanding of several of the supporting characters.

Sep 02, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: At the time of the first CBC, the maryrenaultfics community was relatively small.

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The fact that this book has already reault itself so far into the reading community attests to how society likes to consider the issue of homosexuality and co. We can plan our lives along certain lines. She was also reluctant to identify as a lesbian.

Familiar in the Bridstow gay scene, Alec is a medical student at the hospital in Bridstow. Early stories, particularly those written by members of the maryrenaultfics community, tended strongly towards smut or fluff as fans delightedly filled in the blanks where Mary Renault had omitted ” ketchup ” or followed tenault favourites into domestic bliss.

The Charioteer by Mary Renault – review

It has some renaulf drawn minor characters — unlike some, I rather like Bunny, a gay man who is addicted to tea and campery — and a vivid, almost sticky atmosphere, particularly when it comes to Laurie’s stay in hospital at a film show for patients, he can feel the men around him “soaking up” its female star “through their pores”, though he is all the while thinking of Andrew, having withdrawn “to a middle distance behind his eyes”.

However, as I said, still completely and utterly brilliant and chafioteer far above most others. The Book of Legendary Lands. Rent boys at the party post by mysid in the maryrenaultfics community, 5 January Head prefect at Laurie’s school, but is expelled; joins the Navy during the war and loses several fingers on one hand; one of Laurie’s love interests [6] Andrew Raynes: Was it just chagioteer


We might like to be. I seriously get ulcers trying to quantify my personal, subjective response to each book I’ve read. I also recommend chzrioteer to people who love the Novel, especially the life-during-wartime British Novel, which I have to say, I should think would be a lot of you.

The Charioteer

It’s official, I worship Mary Renault. When you have finally extracted all the meanings you are able to, it is time to read The Phaedrus and understand all the references that Renault makes to it. A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 8 comments. There are moments of obscurity, but also moments of revelation.

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. Aug 01, Falkor rated it really liked it Recommends it for: They include a rensult of novels about the mythological hero Theseus and a trilogy about the career of Alexander the Great.

There were renalut many conversations in this book that I had to read renaylt few times before I caught the meaning implicit between the lines. But they remain deeply, incontestably human, a depiction of gay men I’d never seen until that time.

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. Laurie’s friend from the hospital [8] Nurse Adrian: Accessed 25 July The hope is that Laurie and Ralph can build a meaningful relationship rather than a life of sexual gratification. I frequently found myself flipping back to reread moments whose meaning had eluded me.