A Separate Peace

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Simon and Schuster, 1996 - Fiction - 208 pages
92 Reviews
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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This book had a mention in another novel I recently read so I decided I needed to reread and see if I got the same thoughts as the author quoted. Envy, jealousy and life altering choices. Read full review

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Lacks substance but the prose would have you believe it was saying something which it is not. Read full review

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Contents

I
7
II
19
III
31
IV
47
V
59
VI
70
VII
84
VIII
101
IX
121
X
136
XI
150
XII
176
XIII
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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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