A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace Gener was a lonely introverted intellectual Phineas was a handsome taunting daredevil athlete What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War II is the subject of

  • Title: A Separate Peace
  • Author: John Knowles
  • ISBN: 9780553232240
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gener was a lonely introverted intellectual Phineas was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War II is the subject of A Separate Peace

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    1. John Knowles September 16, 1926 November 29, 2001 , b Fairmont, West Virginia, was an American novelist, best known for his novel A Separate Peace.A 1945 graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Knowles graduated from Yale University as a member of the class of 1949W A Separate Peace is based upon Knowles experiences at Exeter during the summer of 1943 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 loyalty.The 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 spoken.Gore 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 Peace.A 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.

    2. "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 [...]

    3. I remember this book distinctly because seldom have I hated a book more.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?

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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.Furthermore, 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 [...]

    7. Competitors and rivals. Best friends. There is always one who is more outgoing, more apt to take risks. Here we have one who is more comfortable abiding by the rules, the other flagrantly flaunting them. What about the one who is pulled along for the ride? Is he an unwilling participant or simply someone who needs a push? Suspicion and resentment, loyalty and betrayal.

    8. 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, this is a coming-of- [...]

    9. Maybe I'm bias, but a little bit of bromance could've gone a long way here. A Separate Peace is essentially a story of the relationship between two boys, and if it went a little farther, I think the points it made would've driven much deeper.The plot mostly revolves around a single character, Finny, and although he's lively and exciting, this story is far from. And as such, I can't imagine it being too enjoyable to the middle schoolers and freshmen it is regularly assigned to. But for older more [...]

    10. 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 b [...]

    11. My first novel. Tiring of typical grade school fare I surreptitiously ordered A Separate Peace from the "other side" of the monthly Bantam book order form - unbeknownst to my Mother and my teacher. As grade school and high school books were shipped intermingled I plucked my order from the school shipment the moment the boxes were opened. Before I even opened the book I sensed that if I wanted to finish it, I better do so secretly. I had no trouble reading the piece from a vocabulary standpoint b [...]

    12. uptight boy loves free spirit boy but is too uptight to admit it. fat-ass boy tries to get in the way. then, betrayal.

    13. This is an American classic? Why? Now I’m not saying that it’s a bad novel. I just don’t see how it’s a particularly great one. Perhaps, it’s ultimately because the book never worked to make me identify with the situation where the event took place. Instead, the entire conflict felt contrived. We are told of an atmosphere of driven competition in a school where everyone is an enemy and no one a real friend. But except being told so by Gene no one else in the book seems to notice this. [...]

    14. this book devastated me. i read it in high school, like most people. it was the year with all the "classics" that everyone has read at some point in schooling, all depicting young adults in various stages of angst or 19th century high drama or epic poems. whatever.but this book gave me such a strong physical reaction - i sobbed and felt ill through so much of this story. i think i related too much with the characters for my own good, and the psychological slap-around of the evil in every person [...]

    15. I LOATHED this book. I was required to read this piece of crap when I was a sophomore at Carmel High. When you are in high school, you are required to read many books as part of a required reading list. Often times, you groan when you pick up something that looks like it will be a chore to read, but in the end the book will have a semblance of value. Many books will entertain you or at least you can say you learned something new. I didnt enjoy reading the "The Scarlet Letter" or "Billy Bud", but [...]

    16. I had to read this book in 11th grade English. I hated it. I had to read it again in college. I still hated it. I don't know why everyone thinks it's so great. Please, explain the appeal to me!

    17. All of them, all except Phineas, constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier, this enemy who never attacked that way- if he ever attacked at all; if he was indeed the enemy.The book cares who is watching. Gene knows you are watching. Move in for an embrace, over the shoulder a good old boy smile. You know how it is, how it was. There we all wereConfession? I don't place a lot of value in confessionals. If you want to [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. This is an American classic I didn't know yet, but got to know via . Turns out many of my 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 yetSet at a boy's boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II [...]

    20. I hadn’t thought of writing a review of this book until I read how many people disliked it. Far from wanting to simply "prove" others were wrong, I began thinking about why others might not like this book and its message. First, it is somewhat legitimate to dislike anything one must read in high school. However, if you never get past that point, life isn't much worth living. If you never come back and read some of the things on your own, you just aren't much of a human being. Rant as one will [...]

    21. Most people would list the Catcher In the Rye as the ultimate coming of age story, but I beg to differ. For me, my coming of age book was A Separate Peace. It was required reading - we were not given a choice on reading it. Unlike prior assigned reading books, I actually READ this one.I wish I could remember more of it.What I do remember was that I liked it. It's about a boy growing up at a prep school, making friendships and planning futures provided the war ends and that they aren't all drafte [...]

    22. What makes a book last and last, continued to be read? I want to know because, if at all possible, that's the kind of book I'd like to write. Here's a book that was first published in 1959 and which I read when I was sixteen and now fifty or so years later I read again. It is the story of two friends, Gene and Phineas in a New Hampshire elite boarding school as War World II rages and awaits them. The forces of evil played out in the macrocosm of Europe and in the microcosm of a boy's soul. I rea [...]

    23. Right time, right place, right book: triple axis of alignment, all shook up. I don’t say ‘masterpiece’ often, but this is what ’a separate peace is’: no if, buts and doubts. An understated study of the death of the soul.On a personal level, it resonates with me because I too, did something incredibly ill conceived a couple of years ago, and just like Gene Forrester, it hangs over my head like the sword of Damocles: a silent, corrosive necrotisis of the soul. There is only one way to sc [...]

    24. This grimly intense story about boys in a boarding school during the summer of 1942 was painful to read. Not that it was not well-written, it was (which is why it got that third star). And I did get caught up in the storyline, I wanted to find out what happened next. But I could not seem to feel any sympathy for any of the characters except Leper.The boys know they will soon face the gruesome realities of WWII, and this knowledge affects each student differently. Besides that threat running thro [...]

    25. One of the few assigned books in high school that I actually liked. It helped that I was in a school much like the one mentioned. Finny supplied us with several tricks that were perfect for bored, boarding school students, which added to the interest, of course. What drew me most to this book was that it captured the experience so well. I've heard the novel disparaged because it's about a bunch of whiny rich kids. Obviously there's a lot of truth there, but these people miss the point. While pri [...]

    26. Ugh. I had heard my friends from high school talk about how much they hated this book when they had to read it and thought perhaps hadn't been able to appreciate it as required reading. Turns out, it's just an awful book. Sympathy for the characters = 0. I kept turning pages against my will because a) I thought that there had to be SOMETHING redeeming about it (there's not) and b) because I was teaching it to 8th graders. Besides the shoddy writing and boring plot/characters, the part that kille [...]

    27. First read in 1986. Re-read 21-28 Jan. 2012.4 ½ stars--I can't quite bring myself to award it 5, perhaps out of a sense of sentimental injustice.Or because Phineas doesn't have a last name. That bugged me, so I Googled it and turned up discussions of how Phineas is a symbol. Symbol or not, when everybody else has last names, he should've had one, too.I'd convinced myself that I'd read this book more than once, but I realised quickly when I picked it up again that I hadn't. It made such a strong [...]

    28. 3.5 “There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.” Gene, you suck. It didn’t take long at all for me to despise you.I had no idea what to expect going into ‘A Separate Peace’. I’d never heard of it before an enthusiastic friends-of-the-library volunteer recommended it to me when I was shopping at the yearly book sale. Since then I’ve learned it’s actually a classic that’s slipped under my reader’s radar. The length isn’t intimidating and the book reads q [...]

    29. This is the only book I had to read in high school that I hated. Usually I could find something to enjoy in all the books we read, but I hated this book. I'm not exactly sure why but to this day I get a shudder down my spine when I see a copy.

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