By John Knowles
An American vintage and nice bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is undying in its description of youth in the course of a interval while the complete nation was once wasting its innocence to the second one global war.
Set at a boys’ boarding university in New England throughout the early years of worldwide battle II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the darkish part of early life. Gene is a lonely, introverted highbrow. Phineas is a good-looking, taunting, daredevil athlete. What occurs among the 2 associates one summer season, just like the conflict itself, banishes the innocence of those boys and their world.
A bestseller for greater than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles’s crowning success and an undisputed American vintage.
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A Separate Peace by John Knowles