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Grade 9 & Up--The volatile world of male adolescence provides the backdrop for John Knowles' engrossing tale of love, hate, war, and peace. Sharing a room at Devon, an exclusive New England prep school, in the summer prior to World War II, Gene and Phineas form a complex bond of friendship that draws out both the best and worst characteristics of each boy and leads ultimately to violence, a confession, and the betrayal of trust. Narrator Scott Snively's ability to switch seamlessly from the perspective of a teenager tormented by feelings he doesn't want to understand to the reflective musing of a man looking back at the formative experience of his youth provide both the story and the setting with an immediacy that quickly engages listeners. Not only does Snively give a distinctive voice to each of the main characters, he also delineates the mannerisms and personalities of the other boys and the teachers surrounding them. Intense, mesmerizing, and compelling, this rendition of a classic coming-of-age tale belongs in all public library collections, and will be especially helpful to high school students as an accompaniment to the written text.
Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
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"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." -- Aubrey Menen.
"A quietly vital and cleanly written novel that moves, page by page, towards a most interesting target." -- Truman Capote. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was required to read this book in junior high school, but I don't think that I was mature enough to understand it fully back then. Read morePublished 1 day ago by An avid reader
Finny and Gene are roommates and best friends, yet sports come more easily to Finny than academics come to Gene. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Greg Crofford
Awful book that 8th graders in Arkansas were forced to read...Published 6 days ago by Baseball chic
A Separate Peace by John Knowles is the story of two roommates at a boys boarding school in New Hampshire during World War II. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Karen Zemek
The classic, for whatever reason, still being assigned in school Time to move on to more relevant books.Published 10 days ago by D. Fogel
Went too slow and took about half way through the novel before it got interesting. Kids are assigned this book in school and it will make them want to stop reading books forever! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Pam Calvert
A fascinating look at the relationships between friends. The boys in this book are the same age as my father. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tom L