A Separate Peace

Knowles, John, 1926-2001 (Paperback - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Separate Peace

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Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.
Authors: Knowles, John, 1926-2001
Statement of Responsibility: by John Knowles
Title: A separate peace
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2003, c1987
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 204 p. ; 22 cm.
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splashcrashy um can i jus say that ShuMinHe1996 should not say what was in the book because i have not read it yet and i was looking at coments to see how good it was and then i saw that someone hurt there best friend and know i kinda know what the story is about whitch isn't good plz dont do this again

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  • NatalieAlisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Infinitely rereadable!

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  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A very eloquently told story, in near entirety a flashback, of a boy whose jealousy got the better of him. In the world of frenemies that exists, this tale resonates, but speaks of the travesties of war, real and imagined, internationally waged and personally crafted, in such a way that is impactful. Adolescent identity is made in these moments, these choices, and, as one who cares very little for war stories and war films and the like, I was pleasantly surprised by this tale set during WWII. Perhaps it was because of the lack of actual historical battles, despite being amidst the culture of it, that I enjoyed this book, as it was wholly set within the context of a high school, something nearly everyone has experienced. The characters seem real, the dialogue natural. I loved the flow of it all, with all its twists and turns, and I completely understand why it is considered a classic. I highly recommend A SEPARATE PEACE.

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  • BantamBrain rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book still wows me. It is a subtle story. No quick violence or fast humor, but a slow tense march to a devestating finale.

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  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although WW2 is always present on the sidelines of this story, waiting to destroy the innocence of youth, the focus is more on the inner turmoil that exists in a close friendship-- the jealousies and ugliness just below the surface, the blackness within men that is so necessary for war. Well-told and tragic.

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  • Joshua716 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A Separate Peace, tells a great story. I truly admire Knowles' characterization. He created Gene and Phineas as two clashing characters and really puts the reader inside the mind of Gene. It frankly changed the way I look at life and the way I feel that an event can change someone's outlook. I strongly suggest reading this book.

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  • ukiuq rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think this novel received a bit too much hype but, overall it provides a picture of the hardships faced by a group of friends during the wartime. I didn't enjoy as much as I thought I would but, I wasn't disappointed in the outcome. All in all, I strongly recommend for those liking coming-of-age, wartime shock, and friendship-focused stories (pretty specific, I know, but worth a read if that's what you like).

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  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best coming of age novels ever. Moving, and a bit dark but not overly so. It's about remorse after having done a terrible thing to a friend.


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  • LazyNeko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person "the world today" or "life" or "reality" he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.


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