A Separate Peace

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Scribner, Sep 30, 2003 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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User Review  - Cecrow - LibraryThing

This is a frequently studied novel, and I can see its fertile ground. The relationship between Gene and Phineas is a complex one, viewed through a prism from Gene's point of view. Phineas is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - LibraryThing

This book was a true pleasure to read. I felt like I knew the characters very well, yet it didn't take 500 pages to develop them. I was surprised by the young men's emotions displayed to openly. Definately a classic worth reading. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

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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