A Separate Peace

By John Knowles

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Publisher: Scribner


ISBN: 0743253973


Genre: Classic


Awards: Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

My Review

A Separate Peace is about two boys at a boarding school during World War II. I usually don't like classics, but I really enjoyed this book. The plot wasn't about the war, but there were little things, like the way the characters dressed or acted, that tied into it. The author did a great job of using symbolism, and I learned a lot about the propaganda used in America at the time. The book was informative, but it also had great characters and some really funny moments. I didn't feel like information was being forced upon me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who like classics or historical books. If you want a story about teenagers that isn't about getting a boyfriend or failing math class, A Separate Peace is definitely a good choice. The one bad thing about this book is that the sentences were sometimes too long. If you can't understand wordy phrasing, this might not be the best book for you.

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