A Separate Peace
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A Separate Peace

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An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to World War II. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 106.68 x 172.72 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • Scribner Book Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Scribner Trade.
  • 0743253973
  • 9780743253970
  • 24,347

Review quote

National Review A masterpiece.show more

About John Knowles

John Knowles, who died in 2001, was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, as well as a recipient of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.show more

Review Text

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.show more

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159,296 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (52,355)
3 28% (44,589)
2 11% (18,192)
1 5% (8,391)
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