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A Separate Peace Paperback – September 30, 2003
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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.
National Review A masterpiece.
The Observer A model of restraint, deeply felt and beautifully written.
Warren Miller Mr. Knowles has something to say about youth and war that few contemporary novelists have attempted to say and none has said better.
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The volatile world of male adolescence provides the backdrop for John Knowles' engrossing tale of love, hate, war, and peace.
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Indeed, I've only ever cried at the end of two books. This was the first and Stephen King's short story, The Body, was the other.
It's a must read for anyone-especially adolescents who will surely be able to see past the distant setting and find themselves in the story.
I've always loved coming-of-age novels, and this ranks right in with The Kite Runner, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looking for Alaska, Lord of the Flies, and is (in my opinion) infinitely better than Catcher in the Rye, which I also enjoyed.
It's just dark... and raw, and real-- timelessly so. It consumed me the whole time I was reading it. I just finished it, and am still living in its world, the world of Devon and Finny and Gene and Brinker and World War II.
It made me weep in parts.
Definitely one of the best books I've ever read.