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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Totally recommended to all open-minded readers! And if a book can do that to us, so shall we ask ourselves, what if life has also done?

The Charioteer, by Mary Renault, review

Accessed 25 July Is it still there? I think another reason I like reading older books about gay men is that I’m so exhausted by depictions of women as objects of desire and of female sexuality, that it’s a huge relief to get the romance without having to think about that stuff.

In canon, Lucy Odell is a “womanly woman” who clearly charioter her feminity to manipulate everyone around her, not least her only son, who adores her. The story was subtle and slow-moving; romantic and emotional.

The Charioteer, by Mary Renault, review – Telegraph

Well, it is in the books. Should this movement putter out as the non-intersectional fad it has been form fitted to be, the fearful tightrope of living portrayed in this novel will never end. The novel was originally published in Britain in by Longman; but Renault’s American publisher at the time refused to issue it because of its content [1].


I stayed up way later than I usually do, last night, to finish this, because I couldn’t wait any longer.

The Charioteer by Mary Renault – review

The discussion of the first two chapters began 11 February ; the final chapter was discussed from 29 April Laurie was smitten, and up until meeting Ralph again at a party [and there I really felt Laurie’s awkwardness and perhaps a little touch of embarrassment at the ‘s equivalent of today’s ‘meat’ market], was perfectly happy to drift along in an almost dreamlike state imagining how the future could be. Later, it was anything from denial to disdain to incarceration, and it is only through an exhausting amount of acting that this work has scenes of peace, stability, and happiness.

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 Renwult had really spoken to Andrew. It treats a very sensitive topic in a really subtle way.

Accessibility links Genault to article Skip to navigation. South Africa External Links: The maryrenaultfics community completed three lengthy chapter-by-chapter CBC discussions of The Charioteerin, and At face value, a reader, pending sensibility, may be relieved, or disappointedat the extreme with which she clips or cuts the sexually physical scenes.

In Durban she lived with Julie Mullard, her partner since they had fallen in love as student nurses inwhere they enjoyed the company of a mqry of gay friends, the behaviour of some of whom inspired the “queer party” scene in The Charioteerone of its most crucial set pieces.


Laurie is immediately attracted, forcing him to confront the reality of his homosexual inclinations. Reg’s wife who has an affair [10] Mr. A dead on description of …more LOL. Dec 21, Aitziber rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Into this mix comes Ralph, an old school acquaintance who awakened Laurie to his own sexuality when he was The fact that this book has already incorporated itself so far into the reading community attests to how society likes to consider the issue of homosexuality and co.

The Charioteer is a novel to be savored. Yes, it is a Where do I start with this one??

Accessed 2 August Mqry don’t know about real life. The Charioteer First edition cover. But in the interests of maintaining standards Hi Betsy!

The characters are all so wonderfully complex, even if you only get glimpses of a couple of them.

The Charioteer – Fanlore

I suspect they chose this particular painting because it’s an image of a pensive innocent looking young man. It’s a look at love between men, two types of love really. The majority of fan fiction remains true to canon. Refresh and try again.

It was first published in the United States in