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A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
Author: John Knowles
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, ba...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743253970
ISBN-10: 0743253973
Publication Date: 10/7/2003
Pages: 208
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 237 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
Required reading at my school that I found to be the most boring, dry and uninteresting books I have ever picked up.
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Helpful Score: 4
I also was required to read this book in high school. However, it was the only required reading that I really got into. I loved this book. It is one of only a few books that I re-read years later. I just really related to the characters. It is a wonderful book.
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Helpful Score: 4
I really enjoyed this book. It had a slow start, but don't let that stop you from reading it.
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Helpful Score: 3
Critics have praised this book as a "masterpiece," and "American classic" for decades. It has been a best-seller for over 30 years, and after reading it I understand the sales records and whole-heartedly agree with all the praise given. The setting is a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of WWII. The school creates their own private world, and the ways in which the war creeps slowly into their lives is both dark and moving. Dark moments of adolescence mimic the war, and I found myself drawn to the parallels of the current Iraq war. At only 200 pages it is a fast, and moving read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book provides an interesting perspective on WWII.
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The author writes about friendship in a challenging time period of youth and society. As you read the story the reader develops a yearning for the same feelings and challenges as the characters. Very influential book to absorb.
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Great book, makes me want to read more of his work. Lots of momentum!
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Adolescent coming of age story set in New Hampshire in 1942-1943. Reminded me of Brideshead Revisited.


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