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A Separate Peace Audio CD – Unabridged, Audiobook
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Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"A quietly vital and cleanly written novel that moves, page by page, towards a most interesting target." -- Truman Capote
"Is he the successor to Salinger for whom we have been waiting so long? -- Encounter.
"A masterpiece." -- National Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is, first and foremost, a character story. Gene and Finny are central to the plot, and to this end the author develops the characters with piercing clarity. Finny's genuineness sets him apart from his peers, Gene included, who tend to act more in accordance with the way they think would be acceptable to others, instead of what is acceptable to themselves. Finny follows his heart in all his ways, and his achievements are a reflection of his love for life. In contrast, Gene is repressed, his achievements based on what others believe to be important. As a result, they are of no importance to him, because he sees himself to be lacking that unique, genuine quality.
The friendship which develops between Gene and Finny is beautifully drawn, woven with skill into the mundanity of everyday existence. The tragic turn it takes sends the rest of the plot, though outwardly inocuous, hurtling toward disaster and a darkness beyond imagining. 'A Separate Peace' explores the evil in the human heart, using this tale of betrayal as a parallel to the war raging in the world at the same time. While this may invite comparison with 'Lord of the Flies', they are in fact extremely different. 'Lord of the Flies' contends that humans are evil by nature. In 'A Separate Peace', humanity is shown to have a dark side, the cause of tremendous horror and suffering. And yet, there is hope offered in this book for humanity. Evil is not the be-all and end-all of our existence.Read more ›
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Great book. I read it in highschool and my son has to read it now.Published 22 days ago by Prime Eric
My son recommended this book. It was such a great read that I have passed it on to 3 more people. The book I received was in perfect condition.Published 1 month ago by Amanda