Even though the war had thrown a shroud over the outside world, Phineas and Gene remained untouched by it. In the summer of ’42, the Devon school was a lot like Camelot, fairly bursting with adventure and promise. As much as Gene resisted it, there had been something eternal and unforgettable about that summer. And by the time he understood what life without Phineas could be—it was too late.
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Good Story, Poor Narration
A Separate Peace was a very diverse story. Gene, the main character, made his "separate peace" with the world. I didn't like the random darkness quite so much, but I suppose that's much of literature.
Candide. The innocence to realism transitional archetype.
No. At least in this reading, he was very monotone. It practically sounded like he was saying "and then... and then... and then..."
Maybe, probably not.
- Mathew W. Marcum
Wish I had actually read this in high school
The characters are complex and well-developed.
The scene where Gene is outside Finny's hospital window.
We all were supposed to read this when I was in the 10th grade and like so many other books, I didn't bother and just read Cliff's notes and faked my way through. My loss. This is a good book with deep, emotional themes about coming to understand yourself and who you are.
- M. R. Harrah