A Separate Peace

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1996 - Fiction - 208 pages
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An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.

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.
  

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Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
33
Section 3
49
Section 4
61
Section 5
72
Section 6
86
Section 7
103
Section 8
123
Section 9
138
Section 10
152
Section 11
178
Section 12
195
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About the author (1996)

John Knowles, who died in 2001, was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, as well as a recipient of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

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