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A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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A Separate Peace (original 1959; edition 2003)

by John Knowles

Series: Devon

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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.… (more)
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A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959)

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Coming of age story set in a boarding school where the older boys will soon join World War II. The narrator at the same time loves (in a platonic way) and is jealous of his friend Finny, a charismatic and happy-go-lucky boy.

The story was kind of depressing and the portrayal of school life was superficial and did not seem that realistic to me. I was more interested by the psychological aspect of the novel, with the narrator's guilt about his action.

A quick read, but I was still kind of disappointed. The characters were too annoying for me to be really invested in what happened to them. Not devoid of interest, but it could have been better. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
I love the writing! The story was sad, but I expected it to be with a title like that and with the time period it's set in (WW II).

I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator was really good. The voice he used for each character fit their personality so well (in fact, you could guess their personalites by their voices alone). ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
I think a lot of people read this in high school, but I didn't. I decided to pick it up because I kept seeing it everywhere. My impressions:

1. There are almost no females in it. The lack of girls and the lack of interest in girls among these 16- to 18-year-old guys, made me think that the two main characters were in love with each other, which is probably just because I minored in gender studies. But, really, the total lack of anything sexual was an interesting choice.

2. This is a deep, dark book about living in wartime. I was reminded of how little the Iraq war affected my time in college compared to how tremendously WWII affected the boys at the boarding school in the story.

3. Obviously, this is also a story about the psychology of adolescence, particularly among young men, particularly in a competitive and isolated environment. The way they talked was so old-fashioned, though, that I kept picturing them as much younger, like 12 or 13.

4. How reliable of a narrator is Gene? Can Finny really be so perfect? I went back and forth on this. I kind of hated Gene, but I also felt so sorry for him.

5. Overall, a really fascinating book that I'm sorry to read all by myself with no professor to guide a discussion. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Worst Book I've Ever Read ( )
  hubrisinmotion | Nov 14, 2023 |
The book tells the story of boys at a boarding school in New Hampshire during 1942-43. The heart of the book is the relationships between the various boys at the school. It is primarily about the protagonist, Gene, and his friend Phineas, their friendship and their rivalry. But the war is an ever present background, which eventually intrudes in the story when one student leaves to enlist, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result, before he is ever sent overseas to fight. There is a surprising plot twist at the end.

Overall, this is a sad story, and I have mixed feelings about it. ( )
  atozgrl | Sep 16, 2023 |
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I went back to Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.
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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.

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A Separate Peace is a story about two young boys who are close friends and go to Devon school together. Phineas, the more athletic of the two, and Gene, the more intellectually inclined seem to balance eachother out. The story is set in New England during WWII. It is full of insight, friendship, and also a tragedy. I really enjoyed this book because I found it to be one of the more interesting yet realistic stories that I have had to read for an English class. It was also fun because in my English class we had to make videos of different scenes of the book and I just had a lot of fun with it.
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