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A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

Published: 2003-09-30
Paperback : 204 pages
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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 ...
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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.

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.

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  "Great Coming-Of-Age Story"by Chrisspruill (see profile) 07/17/14

I thought the relationship between the two main characters transcended the time since the book was written to today's world so well. We can all identify a Gene and a Finny in our own lives (perhaps even... (read more)

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