A Separate Peace

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 1, 1996 - Fiction - 208 pages
1762 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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Loved Knowles' writing style and character development. - Goodreads
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This is a new classic, and I think that every young person should read this. Set in a boys' boarding school in 1943, it describes that point in adolescence where you teeter between the child and adult ... Read full review

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Love this book. The language is beautiful and my students love that the morality is ambiguous. The class discussion that this book jump started was great. My boys especially, whether they want to admit it or not, enjoyed it. Read full review

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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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