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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: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Separate Peace By John Knowles, 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. 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 by Ph [...]

    2. I remember this book distinctly because seldom have I hated a book .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

    3. 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 killed e [...]

    4. 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 cannot ev [...]

    5. 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.Further, 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 UNDERSTANDING the [...]

    6. Competitors and rivals Best friends There is always one who is outgoing, apt to take risks Here we have one who is 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.

    7. 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 age stor [...]

    8. 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 patien [...]

    9. 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 boys.So it [...]

    10. 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 but impo [...]

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

    12. 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 I can imagine thou [...]

    13. 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 was a li [...]

    14. I LOATHED this book I was required to read this piece of crap when I was a sopho 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 as I grew o [...]

    15. 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

    16. 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 know a [...]

    17. 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 school, it is [...]

    18. 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, we mee [...]

    19. 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 against t [...]

    20. 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 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 drafted when the [...]

    21. 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 read thi [...]

    22. 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 score peace on this ea [...]

    23. 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 through ea [...]

    24. 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 privilege [...]

    25. 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 killed me was ho [...]

    26. First read in 1986 Re read 21 28 Jan 2012.4 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 than once, but I realised quickly when I picked it up again that I hadn t It made such a strong emotional im [...]

    27. 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 quickly, accompanied by a slight [...]

    28. 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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