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A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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Jun 26, 2012

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bookshelves: grades-8-and-up, teen-boys
Read in June, 2012

I spent far too much time looking forward to the end of this wartime coming of age novel. Life lessons from boarding school: Knowles may even deserve credit/blame for fueling the franchise. The students are interesting, except for Phineas, the boy who is supposed to be the exemplar of all that’s pure and good and innocent. Elwin Leper Lepellier is a great name and character.

The book is a testimonial of fractured friendship, and self-worth, and the supreme virtue of honesty and courage and carpe diem for whom the bell tolls blah blah blah there it’s done I can move on now.

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