A Seperate Peace

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A Raving Review from Aubrey Menen

"I think it is the best-written, best-designed, and most moving novel I have read in many years. Beginning with a tiny incident among ordinary boys, it ends by being as deep and as big as evil itself."

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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. That contains revenge, jealousy, and sabotoge. 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. This story is heart felt, yet heart-breaking from every aspect.

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"Published by Macmillan in 1960, "A Separate Peace" won the William Faulkner Foundation Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and soon came to be compared to classics like "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger and "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding."
"The book focuses on the relationship between Finny, the popular and perfect athlete, and Gene, the intelligent and dangerously introspective one." -Amanda
"A Separate Peace," which is set in the fictional Devon School during World War II, explores themes of loyalty, cruelty, betrayal and original sin"
"The novel, which drew good reviews, was also a huge commercial success, selling more than eight million copies. In 1972 it was made into a film by Paramount Pictures."
"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." -Amanda
"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." -Matthew Klobucher