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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Title: A Separate Peace
Author: John Knowles
ISBN: 9780743253970
Publisher: Scribner

"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."

I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of this book. I mean, it's a good story... and it's very well written. I can't deny that. I just had a really hard time getting into it at first. It just started out really slowly and took me a while to find the rhythm of the story.

I did enjoy how it was written - very flourishing descriptions... but sometimes it was a bit much for me. But I'm not going to complain about it because it was still a good story.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone needing a classic for a class. It's got plenty to write about for school papers and such. Just perhaps it's not just for fun reading :). For me, only, of course.
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