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A Separate Peace (1959)

door John Knowles

Reeksen: Devon

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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.… (meer)
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I love the writing! The story was sad, but I expected it to be with a title like that and with the time period it's set in (WW II).

I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator was really good. The voice he used for each character fit their personality so well (in fact, you could guess their personalites by their voices alone). ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
I think a lot of people read this in high school, but I didn't. I decided to pick it up because I kept seeing it everywhere. My impressions:

1. There are almost no females in it. The lack of girls and the lack of interest in girls among these 16- to 18-year-old guys, made me think that the two main characters were in love with each other, which is probably just because I minored in gender studies. But, really, the total lack of anything sexual was an interesting choice.

2. This is a deep, dark book about living in wartime. I was reminded of how little the Iraq war affected my time in college compared to how tremendously WWII affected the boys at the boarding school in the story.

3. Obviously, this is also a story about the psychology of adolescence, particularly among young men, particularly in a competitive and isolated environment. The way they talked was so old-fashioned, though, that I kept picturing them as much younger, like 12 or 13.

4. How reliable of a narrator is Gene? Can Finny really be so perfect? I went back and forth on this. I kind of hated Gene, but I also felt so sorry for him.

5. Overall, a really fascinating book that I'm sorry to read all by myself with no professor to guide a discussion. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Worst Book I've Ever Read ( )
  hubrisinmotion | Nov 14, 2023 |
The book tells the story of boys at a boarding school in New Hampshire during 1942-43. The heart of the book is the relationships between the various boys at the school. It is primarily about the protagonist, Gene, and his friend Phineas, their friendship and their rivalry. But the war is an ever present background, which eventually intrudes in the story when one student leaves to enlist, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result, before he is ever sent overseas to fight. There is a surprising plot twist at the end.

Overall, this is a sad story, and I have mixed feelings about it. ( )
  atozgrl | Sep 16, 2023 |
Book title and author: A Separate Peace by John Knowles reviewed 9-13-23

Why I picked this book up: I read this in high school, like aspects about it and had it in my library and wanted to read it after many years.

Thoughts: Set against the backdrop of World War II A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism, and loss of innocence through its narrator, Gene Forrester, in his relationship with classmate and friend Phineas. As a youth I was an athlete and identified with Finny for that and also his good natured, carefree and challenging nature. Gene was a great student which I also identified with and the accident that broke Finny’s leg really put a damper on his outlook and life.
This book goes through challenges, development societal struggles and true friendships.

Why I finished this read: it is an easy read, I got pulled into the best friend questioning motives, each other to get better, valuing each other, adjusting to death, guilt, and rivalry.

Stars rating: 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars for the well written relationship dynamics. ( )
  DrT | Sep 13, 2023 |
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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.

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