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John Knowles is not only a skilled and resourceful author, but also one of the best kinds of philosophers – the type that makes you think about problems without telling you to directly. A Separate Peace is not only a riveting tale of the coming-of-age conflict between two boys during World War II, but also a beautiful analogy using WWII and the nature of humankind.

The protagonists are students at a boarding school during the war, and as the violence rages, they peacefully grow and learn and play at school. The main characters, Gene and Finny, end up characterizing the war itself: two sides of a conflict, each striving to outdo the other but hindered by his own humanity. Hindered by the fact that human nature is not war, but to react to the war-impressing circumstances of the world they live in.

Blind impulses and violence only intensify the conflict between the two best friends. As one heart-breaking tragedy leads to another, the author continues to personify the world around them. A comfortable rhythm of imagery and sensations floods the reader's mind, broken continuously by climaxes that spike the end of each chapter.

Knowles shatters the normality he builds, describing a bland but passable world, then brightening it with unique characters. The only possible way to end the story is obvious, but that's not the surprise awaiting you. The surprise is realizing that the reason you know what is going to happen is because what happens is, in the deepest and purest sense, human.

Human nature, combined with the nature of the world the boys live in, creates the conflict and its ending. Knowles constantly describes the world using vivid imagery and disturbingly accurate sensations of anxiety and happiness. Then, in short, raw bursts, he lets the characters sharply contrast their world with their unique personalities. This book is a masterpiece of philosophy and literature; it's a must-read for anyone.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm:
Hey, Breece. I didn't know you got published, congrats! :)   Anyways, I wondered if you could help me. I wanted to submit a review of my own, but I don't know how to get a picture of the thing I am reviewing. How did you manage to get the book cover as your article image?
 
Breece6This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm :
Hey, sorry I missed all of your comments :P   As for the picture, TeenInk actually does that for you on Review articles if they publish it :)
 
half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm :
Okay, thanks. You've been a big help. :D
 
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CrystalAngelDol said...
Jun. 4, 2012 at 9:50 am:
well personally, i clicked on this link because of the cupcake but i am going to read it later.....=)
 
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