Book Reviews of A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
Author: John Knowles
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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 233 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
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 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: 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: 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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Helpful Score: 2
Quick read, beautifully written, poignant, haunting coming of age about New England boarding school boys, at the onset of WWII. Narrated by Gene as an adult revisiting the Devon School, he tells the story about his best friend and roommate Phineas, and their complicated relationship. Gene is all awkward intellectualism and Phineas is outgoing, charming, athletic and beautiful. What transpires between the two is painful and powerful.
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Helpful Score: 1
A classic for sure. Great story of relationships, growing up, learning about life.
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Great for high school students; a true look at the trials and tribulations of friendship.
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I really enjoyed this book. (I don't understand how the person below me gave it 2.5 stars, yet said they didn't read it).
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a wonderful book about friendship. I loved it!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
I bought this book from a thrift store and decided to read it because it is considered a classic and the story sounded interesting to me. I started to read it but by the end of the 2nd chapter couldn't make it any farther, I couldn't get into the story.
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent book. Very sad and very moving. A great book for older high school kids.
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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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i love this book it was a required read from school that i surprisingly couldnt take my hands off of.
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This book was required reading in 10th grade. I can honestly say that this book still holds the position for the worst book I have ever read 5 years later. I didn't care about what happened to any of the characters, and the writing was boring.
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Classic...great book...thought provoking.
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No wonder why this is an American classic-I read it in High School, and again, years later. Still a fabulous book. Had a completely different perspective on it the second time I read it. The two main characters are intriguing, and the plot is also.
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Thoughtful coming-of-age story.
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A classic novel for high school readers
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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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A very good book about growing up. A true classic, and worth reading.
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This story takes place during World War II. It is about what happens to them one summer and how it changes their relationship and their world. It is an enjoyable book.
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Read for class. I couldn't stay interested.
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Great book, makes me want to read more of his work. Lots of momentum!
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I'm so glad I had to read this in high school! Knowles makes it so easy to see yourself and examine your own potential actions faced with the same situation. I enjoyed it enough to buy and read the sequel, Phineas.
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Great book that I could never finish. Wonderful writing worth reading but don't ask me how it ends.
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A well-written book. Good for high school and adult readers. Great characters.
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Great story, great writing.
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A classic; to borrow from corn flakes, "read it again for the first time"!
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Glad I read this old standard. Doesn't hold a candle to Catcher, though I felt that was the challenge Knowles felt.
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A classic that has stood the test of time.
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This was required reading for my son when he was in high school. I also read it and thought it was very good.
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This story gets only better after many readings. A story of two boy's adolescence during a war. A masterpiece of writing!
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I hadn't read this since high school. I read it again and didn't really like it. I found the book sad and the main character despicable.
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My son is reading this book for high school English, and is enjoying it. He was surprised when the teacher made a Monty Python reference/comparison, and has since found many more in the book. It is a story about youths and their school experiences, as well as war and afterwards and how school affects their whole lives. It is good for the current youths to read, and see that what they are doing now will affect them forever.
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Gene was a lonely introverted intellectual. Phineas was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happened between them at school one sumer during the early years of WWII is the subject of a Seperate Peace.

Dark forces that bood over the tortured world of adolescence.
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A review from Amazon.com:
This is an underappreciated classic that, while labelled as a children's book, resonates with you at any age. Set in the world of a boarding school, two friends contemplate the outbreak of war even as their bonds of friendship grow. Like great "young adult literature," the characters in this book ring absolutely true. And when tragedy strikes at the end of the novel, you will be stunned when adolescent bravery plunges into sadness.

A must-read for anyone ten and up.
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Some pages have underlines in pencil. Not very obtrusive. Does not interfere with reading.
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Didn't read this, but it is about two boys and their complicated relationship with each other. Basic realism/fiction, moral tale of action/ consequence/ and redemption. Sometimes required reading for schools.
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Gene was lonely, introverted, intellectual. Phineas was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War ii is the subject of A Separate Peace. A great bestseller for over twenty years - one of the most starkly moving parables ever written of the dark forces that brood over the tortured world of adolescence.
" I think it is the best - written, best - designed and most moving novel I have read in many years. Beginning with a tiny incident among ordinary boys, it ends by being as deep and as big as evil itself." - Aubrey Menen
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Gene was a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas was a handsome taunting, daredevil athlete. What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War 11 is the subject of this great bestseller for over twenty years. One of the most starkly moving parables ever written of the dark forces that brood over the tortured world of adolescence.