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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • A Separate Peace
  • John Knowles
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 0743253973

10 thoughts on “A Separate Peace

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    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 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 by PhineasThe winter loves me, he retorted, and then, disliking the whimsical sound of that, added, I mean as much as you can say a season can love What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love I didn t think that this was true, my seventeen years of experience had shown this to be muchfalse than true, but it was like every other thought and belief of Finny s it should have been true So I didn t argue.Gene, maybe because he is going to school with boys from New England who have the advantage of generations of proper schooling drilled into their DNA, feels the insecurity of his origins acutely and feels the pressure to apply himself to his studies In fact he is in contention for the top of class until Phineas s antics start to distract him too much from his academic endeavors Phineas is a prophet, a boy so convinced in his own convictions that he can persuade anyone to not only do anything, but also believe in why they are doing it One such inspired creation was to convince his friends to follow him onto a slender tree limb and use it as a springboard into the lake He forms a society around the event To join, one must take the plunge Phineas is a fine athlete and as Gene starts to weigh their relationship he starts to believe that Finny is intentionally pulling him away from his study to keep the scales of friendship out of balance He feels his academic record compensates for Phineas s awards for athleticism He wants to feel equal He wants to deserve the friendship When Phineas pulls him away from his French studies to attend a now ritualized lake baptism, Gene goes, but his mind is in a dark place The results are a turning point in the book Gene is so worried about his own insecurities he mistakes Phineas s confidence for worldly assurance In reality, Phineas is the most naive of them all In the enclosed environment of Devon School he can bend the world to fit his own kaleidoscopic For a while he can even convince himself that the ongoing war is a hoaxThat s what this whole war story is A medicinal drugthe whole world is on a Funny Farm now But it s only the fat old men who get the joke. And Phineas of course.Betrayal begetsbetrayal and Gene and Phineas both discover they are not who they perceive themselves to be They become straw versions of themselves, so shattered and shaken that they can barely remember joys experienced mere months before A lifetime friendship is reduced to a fraction of it s intended span This book stands on the shoulders of Phineas He is simply an amazing character who lifts a wallflower of a plot to the level of a masterpiece I wanted to be his friend I wanted to help him maintain his delusions I wanted to breath life into the way he wanted the world to be Highly Recommended If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    I remember this book distinctly because seldom have I hated a book .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


  3. Matthew Klobucher Matthew Klobucher says:

    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 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 cannot even express it because Phineas has always been kind to him That is an elemental frustration, native to adolescence and loneliness, and no book I have ever read has treated that frustration withcompassion and justice If novels are supposed to provide beauty and help us understand ourselves, this is perhaps a perfect example incidentally it is highly entertaining, in the sense of being a fantastic story Though not as raw or impassioned as Catcher in the Rye, this book resonates with the same themes and mastery of subject


  4. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    Gene attended an exclusive New Hampshire school 15 years later he came back to Devon School to seek forgiveness for what he did here while he was a student In his school days he became friends with Finny, an outstanding athlete Finny was a favorite of everyone fellow students used to look up to him as their inspiration and teachers were mighty impressed with this boy for whatever he said prevailed Gene was a spectacular student academically while Finny s dream was to attend Olympics of 1944 Gene attended an exclusive New Hampshire school 15 years later he came back to Devon School to seek forgiveness for what he did here while he was a student In his school days he became friends with Finny, an outstanding athlete Finny was a favorite of everyone fellow students used to look up to him as their inspiration and teachers were mighty impressed with this boy for whatever he said prevailed Gene was a spectacular student academically while Finny s dream was to attend Olympics of 1944 Then one day in accident Finny fell from a tree and broke his legs and with it his Olympic dreams And the story evolved it was revealed that accident that broke Finny s leg might be intentional.Once Finny s back in school, things never get back to normal For one it was WWII and students found themselves to be in difficult situation They wanted to go and yet were hesitating after all to stand right in front of death was not a happy place to be Environment at Devon got suffocating and poisonous with each passing day One can draw the similarities between Devon and America in WWII how the war was effecting the peace and hesitation of Devon and America to jump in the War..But this story stands out in how it describe the suffocation that one felt when they come to realize that the bad that they had done need not to be done The guilt and remorse just eats them out confession would led to losing the love that they so dearly want and crave and yet in the bottom of their heart they know they don t deserve that trust, devotion, and love a beautiful tale of friendship, trust, love, jealousy, and betrayal


  5. Amanda Amanda says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I recently re read this book for the AP class that I m teaching and I was reminded of what a deceptively simple book this appears to be on the surface Set in Devon an all boys prep school during WWII, A Separate Peace explores how the encroaching reality of war affects the psychological and social development of all the boys attending the school The poignant irony of providing these young men with a classics based education at a prestigious school just to be sent into war to kill and be kill I recently re read this book for the AP class that I m teaching and I was reminded of what a deceptively simple book this appears to be on the surface Set in Devon an all boys prep school during WWII, A Separate Peace explores how the encroaching reality of war affects the psychological and social development of all the boys attending the school The poignant irony of providing these young men with a classics based education at a prestigious school just to be sent into war to kill and be killed effectively shows how, before they even make it to the battlefield, the war cripples them for one physically, for the others psychologically The book focuses on the relationship between Finny, the popular and perfect athlete, and Gene, the intelligent and dangerously introspective one Gene s all consuming envy toward Finny causes him to shake the tree limb both are standing on Finny falls to the ground and breaks his leg The event serves as a metaphor for how Gene s betrayal of the friendship has broken Finny Effective use is made of Finny as a Christ figure and we witness as Gene grows psychologically in response to the realization that he has destroyed not just Finny s athletic career, but also Finny s essence Gene comes to understand that the real enemy is the enemy within and, through Finny, Gene finds a form of salvation from his dark, neurotic tendencies Knowles does so much with setting and imagery in the book that I pick up on something new every time I read it Wonderful novel Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder


  6. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    A Separate Peace by John Knowles A short review because I can t add much to the thousands of reviews that are out there The story takes place at an elite all boy New England prep school The two main characters are opposites in many ways an introverted, intellectual Southern boy and a Northerner who is outgoing, athletic, a risk taker He s a natural leader among the boys but he struggles with his studies They become fast friends but impulsive horse play leads to the death of one of the boys A Separate Peace by John Knowles A short review because I can t add much to the thousands of reviews that are out there The story takes place at an elite all boy New England prep school The two main characters are opposites in many ways an introverted, intellectual Southern boy and a Northerner who is outgoing, athletic, a risk taker He s a natural leader among the boys but he struggles with his studies They become fast friends but impulsive horse play leads to the death of one of the boys.So it s a male bonding, loss of innocence, coming of age story set just before World War II, when the threat of the draft hangs over all the boys One of the secondary characters is drafted and comes back psychologically wrecked I did not have to read this in high school as many folks did Yet it has a relatively low rating on GR a 3.6 based onthan 150,000 GR ratings That s pretty low for a required classic In perusing reviews by others I am struck by how often someone leads off with I hated this book or I loathed this book Maybe because it was required reading LOL Why out of thousands of books out there do we make millions of kids read this one Coincidentally, at about the same time that I was reading A Separate Piece, I also happened to be reading Fitzgerald s This Side of Paradise and I was struck by the similarities between the two male bonding, coming of age but at an elite college instead of a prep school a war and the draft hanging over them WW I for Fitzgerald WW II for the prep school boys Good, but not great I gave it a 3


  7. SR SR says:

    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.Further, 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 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.Further, 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 UNDERSTANDING the damn book because it is of course impossible to have a sticky memory and still glean deeper meaning from one s reading , so Teacher and Teacher s Pet called me petty for the rest of the day I totally cried when the Pet got in on it, but that was also because that week SUCKED my aunt had died of cancer earlier in the week, and the day of the quiz was when I was leaving around noon to go to her funeral.I never actually review books, I just rant about their associated circumstances Sorry


  8. Annet Annet says:

    This is an American classic I didn t know yet, but got to know via Goodreads Turns out many of my Goodreads friends read it already, so I discovered this is a well known book Beautiful read Brooding story, a coming of age tale with a dark side Need to reread it again for all the details and the beautiful language In some way it made me think of Brideshead Revisited, a grand book as well For those who don t know this book yet Set at a boy s boarding school in New England during the earlyThis is an American classic I didn t know yet, but got to know via Goodreads Turns out many of my Goodreads friends read it already, so I discovered this is a well known book Beautiful read Brooding story, a coming of age tale with a dark side Need to reread it again for all the details and the beautiful language In some way it made me think of Brideshead Revisited, a grand book as well For those who don t know this book yet Set at a boy s boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, we meet Gene and Phineas, two students 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, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world


  9. James James says:

    Book Review3 of 5 stars to A Separate Peace, a novel written in 1959 by John Knowles I suspect if I were to re read this classic again now, it has a chance of getting a higher rating however, I m not in a rush to prove the theory I have a few good memories of the story, some a bit blah, but overall it was a decent book When I read The Secret History last year, I had vague recollections of this being somewhat similar, though the topics are quite different.At the core, thisBook Review3 of 5 stars to A Separate Peace, a novel written in 1959 by John Knowles I suspect if I were to re read this classic again now, it has a chance of getting a higher rating however, I m not in a rush to prove the theory I have a few good memories of the story, some a bit blah, but overall it was a decent book When I read The Secret History last year, I had vague recollections of this being somewhat similar, though the topics are quite different.At the core, this is a coming of age story focused on Gene and Finny, two polar opposite boys at a prep school around the time of WW2 An accident occurs which may have been deliberate, thus becoming the focus of the story As a result of the accident, one of the characters suffers an injury that prevents him from continuing on his path to the Olympics Friends take sides Families wonder But the friends try not to question it Until other people force them to And in the end, there is pain, death, forgiveness and unexpected consequences.The book is a good juxtaposition of lifestyles and choices It makes you think about what you d do in such a situation How far can one person be pushed And when you do something wrong, do you tell anyone, especially if you can get away with it Lots to teach young adults, learning to make their own decisions and set a path for their life.I enjoyed the story, but I would have preferred amodern setting I m not a fan of excessive sports or war, and these were two central themes in the book, which ultimately led me to feel partially disconnected But the parts inside the character s head, questioning motives, being psychological in their analysis, were the ones worth readingAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators


  10. Matthew Matthew says:

    This is one of those required summer reading novels In fact, while I am sure they are out there, I don t think I have ever met anyone who read this and it was not required for school.But, it was an enjoyable required read Focusing on coming of age, schoolboy friendships, etc Not too much else I can say without spoiling it, but it was kinda rough on the teenage spirit at the time We think we can all survive anything when we are young .If you were never required to read this one for scho This is one of those required summer reading novels In fact, while I am sure they are out there, I don t think I have ever met anyone who read this and it was not required for school.But, it was an enjoyable required read Focusing on coming of age, schoolboy friendships, etc Not too much else I can say without spoiling it, but it was kinda rough on the teenage spirit at the time We think we can all survive anything when we are young .If you were never required to read this one for school, it is worth the read


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A Separate Peace❰Epub❯ ❧ A Separate Peace Author John Knowles – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 the s 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 the second world warSet at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World A Separate PDF/EPUB or 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 worldA bestseller for than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.


About the Author: John Knowles

John Knowles September , November , , b Fairmont, West Virginia, was an American novelist, best known for his novel A Separate PeaceA graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Knowles graduated from Yale University as a member of the class of W A A Separate PDF/EPUB or Separate Peace is based upon Knowles experiences at Exeter during the summer of The setting for The Devon School is a thinly veiled fictionalization of Phillips Exeter The plot should not be taken as autobiographical, although many elements of the novel stem from personal experience In his essay, A Special Time, A Special Place, Knowles wrote The only elements in A Separate Peace which were not in that summer were anger, violence, and hatred There was only friendship, athleticism, and loyaltyThe secondary character Finny Phineas was the best friend of the main character, Gene Knowles took to his grave the secret of whether Finny was all a part of his imagination, or an actual friend whose true identity was never spokenGore Vidal, in his memoir Palimpsest, acknowledges that he and Knowles concurrently attended Phillips Exeter, with Vidal two years ahead Vidal states that Knowles told him that the character Brinker, who precipitates the novel s crisis, is based on Vidal We have been friends for many years now, Vidal said, and I admire the novel that he based on our school days, A Separate Peace Knowles other significant works are Morning in Antibes, Double Vision American Thoughts Abroad, Indian Summer, The Paragon, and Peace Breaks Out None of these later works were as well received as A Separate PeaceA resident of Southampton, New York, Knowles wrote seven novels, a book on travel and a collection of stories He was the winner of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters In his later years, Knowles lectured to university audiences.