The Charioteer

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Originally published in 1953, this is a bold portrayal of male homosexuality during WWII.Injured at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell is recovering at a rural veterans’ hospital where he meets Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. Slowly the two men are drawn into a covert, chaste romance. Then Ralph Lanyon appears, a mentor from Laurie’s school days, and introduces him to a tight-knit circle of gay men with few illusions about life, and for whom liaisons are fleeting. Laurie is forced to choose between the ideals of a perfect friendship and the pleasures of experience.

Paperback  432pp 

 

Author: Mary Renault

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