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by John Knowles

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ISBN:
0553250523
ISBN13:
978-0553250527
Author:
John Knowles
Publisher:
Bantam; Older Edition edition (December 1, 1984)
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1774 kb
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1798 kb
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4.4

A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles, published in 1959.

A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles, published in 1959. Based on his earlier short story "Phineas", published in the May 1956 issue of Cosmopolitan, it was Knowles's first published novel and became his best-known work. Set against the backdrop of World War II, A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism, and loss of innocence through its narrator, Gene.

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Chapter 1. I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before

Chapter 1. I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before. It seemed more sedate than I remembered it, more perpendicular and strait-laced, with narrower windows and shinier woodwork, as though a coat of varnish had been put over everything for better preservation.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. 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 World War II. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

A Separate Peace book. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.

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. To read this book, upload an EPUB.

A Separate Peace Ch. 3 Lyrics. Chapter 3 Yes, he had practically saved my life

A Separate Peace Ch. Chapter 3 Yes, he had practically saved my life. He had also practically lost it for me. I wouldn’t have been on that damn limb except for him. I wouldn’t have turned around, and so lost my balance, if he hadn’t been there. In such a period no one notices or rewards any achievements involving the body unless the result is to kill it or save it on the battlefield, so that there were only a few of us to applaud and wonder at what he was able to do. One day he broke the school swimming record. He and I were fooling around in the pool, near a big bronze plaque marked with events for which the school kept records-50 yards, 100 yards, 220 yards.

The novel A Separate Peace is Knowles first and best-known published work. The book received many awards, including the William Faulkner Foundation Award and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in 1961

The novel A Separate Peace is Knowles first and best-known published work. It is based on a previous short story of his titled, Phineas. The book received many awards, including the William Faulkner Foundation Award and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in 1961. It also made the New York Times Bestseller list in 1960 and was a National Book Award Finalist in ’61. The main plot of the novel revolves around a man named Gene Forrester who revisits his old high school in New Hampshire and thinks about how little it has changed and how much he has changed.

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Reviews:
  • Joony
Here is an excerpt from the book. While reading, please keep in mind that this is coming from the view of the main character, Gene Forrester, a 16-year-old boy...
"I threw my hip against his, catching him by surprise, and he was instantly down, definitely pleased. This was why he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, my knees on his chest, he couldn't ask for anything better."
  • Maximilianishe
I have heard speak of this title for the longest time. I have never had the opportunity until now to actual read it. I received my copy rapidly and efficiently and cannot wait to find a moment in my hectic schedule to dig in. The book although used was in excellent shape.
  • Dark_Sun
Gene, an introverted teen at a boarding school in New England, befriended his polar opposite, Phineas, whose reckless and carefree attitude is admired by everyone. During World War II, these boys struggle to maintain their childish innocence in a time where teenagers were expected to grow up fast. Knowles puts parallels between one summer with the boys and the war that rages on across the ocean.

So, this is another list book, and I can’t say I was thrilled to read it when I began. It seemed… boring. And it is.

Like I said, I already went in with low expectations, so I wasn’t really starting it out with 5 turtles. The book dragged on and on, and the characters weren’t likable. I’m sure this is a literary masterpiece, but for me, it didn’t seem all that riveting.

First of all, I always expected them to go into the war, which they never did. It’s always hard when you expect a book to turn one way and it does something completely different. For instance, I once thought I was reading a historical fiction novel on the Titanic, but it turned out to be science fiction. Whenever a drastic change like this occurs, it throws me off and I end up not loving the book as much, which is kind of what happened here.

The characters are dull. I didn’t like any of them, and I didn’t feel connected to Gene throughout any of the book. Even though it’s written in first person point of view, I never knew what Gene was really thinking. The reader only really read the surface of the problems, and I feel like there’s a lot of guessing and inferring involved, which probably makes it “great” literature.

The whole book feels pointless. Since I was always expecting a change in scenery to the battlefield, the novel felt like an extremely long exposition to me. Nothing actually happens.

It’s almost Catcher in the Rye-like because it’s purpose is to make the reader think and get the metaphor across rather than the story concept. I adore Catcher in the Rye, but this one didn’t even really make me think. I just read it, rolled my eyes because of the lack of events, and moved on.

So, back to it being great. Why? Don’t get me wrong; I see how someone could enjoy or love this book, but why is it still around as “great?” Since all pivotal literature is metaphorical, this one is as well.

I think the big marker event where **SPOILER ALERT** Phineas falls out of the tree and breaks his leg because Gene shook the branch may represent the psychological turning point in the war for the young man who fought in it. At first, it seems exotic and heroic, but once the first injury or first real battle occurs, it’s no longer all daisies and rainbows. No, now it’s war, and all innocence is shed for protective gear and a fast gun. This is also seen in one of the boys who goes to war and comes back arguably senile. The guilt of hurting Finny (shooting someone) drives Gene crazy, and the agony of the broken leg (or bullet wound) is driving Phineas crazy. At the same time, on a level that relates more with the plot of the story, Finny’s fall may represent Gene’s betrayal in their friendship and the way it destroys Finny. **END SPOILER**

Of course, the writing is beautiful and the descriptions and quotable material is plentiful. It flows like sand between your fingers with eloquent word choice and stunning observations. You could point to basically anywhere in the book and find that passage quotable.

Overall, I think it’s writing extremely well and has an important metaphorical level to it, but I don’t consider it “great” because nothing really happens to the characters.
  • Prorahun
Although I was an independent school teacher for years, I always avoided this book. I must have had a sixth sense that I would dislike it. Recently, looking for something to banish insomnia, I pulled it off the shelf and discovered that my sixth sense was right. This so-called coming of age novel is showing its age.

There are some things to admire, of course. The centrality of the relationships among the students at Devon, going about their studies with a keen awareness of the war awaiting them, is psychologically astute. Headmasters, teachers, and parents are peripheral figures, even helpless ones. Most of the time, they don't have a clue as to what's going on. Leper's mother can't save him from a psychological breakdown; the doctor can't save Finny. Brinker's father, railing against his son's choice of the Coast Guard for his military service (in contrast to the father's "glory days" in World War I) is a pompous fool. For the boys at Devon, their peers constitute the real world.

However, it's hard to imagine this book appealing to students any more, even though it continues to appear on many a reading list. It isn't just the boys' prep school setting, the tony buildings and "playing fields of Devon," that seems dated. Simply put, it's hard to imagine what Gene admires in the cold and arrogant Finny. And Finny is so opaque, in his old money Boston reserve, that it's impossible to know much about him. In this novel, good old Devon is as sclerotic as the moneyed class of people it serves. The only thing that invades Devon in the novel itself is the war, in the form of recruiters and a parachute shop, but we know that---thank goodness--female and minority students will be invading real schools like this in the years to come.

Requiescat in pace, Devon---and ditto "A Separate Peace" and all the high school reading lists on which it molders.

M. Feldman