Length: 204 pages
Audiobook Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes
First Published: 1959
An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.
Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
Quotes from a separate peace
I felt that I was not, never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world around me.
There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.
What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love.
Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.
Movie Trailer for a separate peace (1972)
About john knowles
John Knowles (September 16, 1926 – November 29, 2001), b. Fairmont, West Virginia, was an American novelist, best known for his novel A Separate Peace.
A 1945 graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, Knowles graduated from Yale University as a member of the class of 1949W. A Separate Peace is based upon Knowles’ experiences at Exeter during the summer of 1943.