Sunday, April 08, 2012

Review: A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seems impossible not to compare this coming-of-age story set in a boys boarding school with The Catcher in the Rye - and I liked this a lot more. It also vaguely reminded me of Never Let Me Go in the way that the boys live a life safely apart from something "out there" and instead develop their own separate sense of what the world is. I enjoyed the book both as a meditation on how outside forces can come to define and shape our existence and also as a story of adolescent friendship and the tragedy of a moment's meanness. I have Peace Breaks Out, but I think I may give myself a buffer book in between.

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