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John Knowles was born in Fairmont, W.Va., on September 16, 1926. He began prep school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire from 1942 to 1944 and was then inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. After World War II ended, he attended Yale University, graduating in 1949, and then worked as a visa mer reporter for the Hartford Courant. He eventually turned to freelance writing, often writing articles about travel. This took him to Europe where he spent much of the 1950s. In addition to this writing, he served as editor for Holiday magazine for a time. A Separate Peace, his first novel, was published in 1959 in England and the United States. Set in a prep school much like Exeter, the novel takes place during World War II and is about the impact of the war on young men on the homefront; the troubled relationship of the two main characters symbolizes the fear and suspicion that can lead to war between nations. Knowles received the William Faulkner Foundation Award for a First Novel and the Independent School Education Board Award. A Separate Peace continues to be one of the most widely read novels in high schools and colleges. Knowles's subsequent novels include Morning in Antibes (1962), A Vein of Riches (1978), which is set in his native West Virginia, and Peace Breaks Out (1981) which returns to the setting of A Separate Peace. He also wrote a non-fiction book, Double Vision: American Thoughts Abroad (1964). He remains best known, however, for his first novel. John Knowles has lived on Long Island, N.Y. since the early 1960s. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av John Knowles

A Separate Peace (1959) 12,550 exemplar
Peace Breaks Out (1981) 399 exemplar
Indian Summer (1965) 118 exemplar
Phineas (1968) 99 exemplar
The Paragon (1971) 59 exemplar
A Stolen Past (1983) 42 exemplar
Spreading Fires (1974) 21 exemplar
Morning in Antibes (1962) 18 exemplar
A vein of riches (1978) 16 exemplar
A Separate Peace [2004 TV movie] (2004) — Writer — 12 exemplar
The Private Life of Axie Reed (1986) 10 exemplar
Backcasts (1993) 2 exemplar
Blitzball 1 exemplar
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hubrisinmotion | 187 andra recensioner | Nov 14, 2023 |
The book tells the story of boys at a boarding school in New Hampshire during 1942-43. The heart of the book is the relationships between the various boys at the school. It is primarily about the protagonist, Gene, and his friend Phineas, their friendship and their rivalry. But the war is an ever present background, which eventually intrudes in the story when one student leaves to enlist, and suffers a mental breakdown as a result, before he is ever sent overseas to fight. There is a surprising plot twist at the end.

Overall, this is a sad story, and I have mixed feelings about it.
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atozgrl | 187 andra recensioner | Sep 16, 2023 |
Book title and author: A Separate Peace by John Knowles reviewed 9-13-23

Why I picked this book up: I read this in high school, like aspects about it and had it in my library and wanted to read it after many years.

Thoughts: Set against the backdrop of World War II A Separate Peace explores morality, patriotism, and loss of innocence through its narrator, Gene Forrester, in his relationship with classmate and friend Phineas. As a youth I was an athlete and identified with Finny for that and also his good natured, carefree and challenging nature. Gene was a great student which I also identified with and the accident that broke Finny’s leg really put a damper on his outlook and life.
This book goes through challenges, development societal struggles and true friendships.

Why I finished this read: it is an easy read, I got pulled into the best friend questioning motives, each other to get better, valuing each other, adjusting to death, guilt, and rivalry.

Stars rating: 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars for the well written relationship dynamics.
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DrT | 187 andra recensioner | Sep 13, 2023 |
This book is boring. One major thing happens in the very long chapters. The ending is also really dumb. I do not recommend, and if I could I would give it a 0 out of 5.
LeMoose6 | 187 andra recensioner | Aug 27, 2023 |


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