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A Separate Peace

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  149,394 Ratings  ·  5,028 Reviews
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 boy ...more
204 pages
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 1959)
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Thomas Yes, you are the only one. A boarding school is very strict and most boys were focusing on the war, not sex.
Kylie George Rating wise, it is okay for a 13 year old. Unless you are very interested in this book I would wait a little bit. I am 16 now and am reading it for…moreRating wise, it is okay for a 13 year old. Unless you are very interested in this book I would wait a little bit. I am 16 now and am reading it for school and there are a few things and overall themes that are a little harder to understand and get a good idea of. I cant wait for my discussion when school starts. I'm sued I've missed all sorts of important things. Maybe after you read it, discuss it with someone or look up a book talk, just to make sure you understand everything. Enjoy!(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 19, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And the rays of the sun were shooting past them, millions of rays shooting past them like--like golden machine-gun fire."

Gene is a boy from the South attending an exclusive New Hampshire prep school. He becomes best friends with a New Englander from Boston named Phineas. Let me amend that, Phineas chooses Gene as his friend and any thoughts that Gene has of being friends with anyone else are quickly dispersed as he is pulled into the shimmering chimeric world creating and constantly maintained
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The Library Lady
Apr 02, 2011 The Library Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overrated-crap
I remember this book distinctly because seldom have I hated a book more.
In addition to being a depressing piece of work, it is about as relevant to kids today as a 45RPM single (that's something we had before CDs, boys and girls). Why are they still putting it on reading lists? What fan of John Knowles has been paying teachers to force this on the kids?
Amanda
Sep 08, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Klobucher
Jun 15, 2007 Matthew Klobucher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a profound and lasting impact of me. It is a short, exquisitely crafted story narrated by a talented but unconspicuous boy who is jealous of his best friend, Phineas--who is athletic, beautiful, and kind. Phineas stands tall as the prodigy of American prep adolescence. He is simple; he is likeable; he has panache; and he is virtuous. His greatest crime to the narrator, though, is his love. For though the narrator is jealous and resentful that of his authentic golden-boy friend, he ...more
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I remember viscerally hating this - I found it incredibly boring and I don't think anything really happened except a whole bunch of wank about being a moron and running and a paragraph lovingly describing a side character's butt. I don't even know.

Furthermore, it was for eighth-grade English. My teacher gave us a quiz on some random detail-bits, and I remembered little things like how many years had passed between Point A and Point Boring, and that somehow meant that I wasn't actually UNDERSTAND
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John Knowles (September 16, 1926 - November 29, 2001), b. Fairmont, West Virginia, was an American novelist, best known for his novel A Separate Peace.

A 1945 graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Knowles graduated from Yale University as a member of the class of 1949W. A Separate Peace is based upon Knowles' experiences at Exeter during the summer of 1943. The setting f
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