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John Knowles (1) (1926–2001)

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af John Knowles

A Separate Peace (1959) 12,890 eksemplarer, 191 anmeldelser
Peace Breaks Out (1981) 402 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Indian Summer (1965) 119 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Phineas (1968) 102 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Paragon (1971) 62 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Separate Peace With Connections (1985) 59 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Stolen Past (1983) 42 eksemplarer
Spreading Fires (1974) 21 eksemplarer
Morning in Antibes (1962) 18 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A vein of riches (1978) 16 eksemplarer
A Separate Peace [2004 TV movie] (2004) — Writer — 12 eksemplarer
The Private Life of Axie Reed (1986) 11 eksemplarer
Backcasts (1993) 2 eksemplarer
Blitzball 1 eksemplar
The Trap 1 eksemplar

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Coming of age story set in a boarding school where the older boys will soon join World War II. The narrator at the same time loves (in a platonic way) and is jealous of his friend Finny, a charismatic and happy-go-lucky boy.

The story was kind of depressing and the portrayal of school life was superficial and did not seem that realistic to me. I was more interested by the psychological aspect of the novel, with the narrator's guilt about his action.

A quick read, but I was still kind of disappointed. The characters were too annoying for me to be really invested in what happened to them. Not devoid of interest, but it could have been better.… (mere)
jcm790 | 190 andre anmeldelser | May 26, 2024 |
I love the writing! The story was sad, but I expected it to be with a title like that and with the time period it's set in (WW II).

I listened to it on audiobook, and the narrator was really good. The voice he used for each character fit their personality so well (in fact, you could guess their personalites by their voices alone).
Dances_with_Words | 190 andre anmeldelser | Jan 6, 2024 |
I think a lot of people read this in high school, but I didn't. I decided to pick it up because I kept seeing it everywhere. My impressions:

1. There are almost no females in it. The lack of girls and the lack of interest in girls among these 16- to 18-year-old guys, made me think that the two main characters were in love with each other, which is probably just because I minored in gender studies. But, really, the total lack of anything sexual was an interesting choice.

2. This is a deep, dark book about living in wartime. I was reminded of how little the Iraq war affected my time in college compared to how tremendously WWII affected the boys at the boarding school in the story.

3. Obviously, this is also a story about the psychology of adolescence, particularly among young men, particularly in a competitive and isolated environment. The way they talked was so old-fashioned, though, that I kept picturing them as much younger, like 12 or 13.

4. How reliable of a narrator is Gene? Can Finny really be so perfect? I went back and forth on this. I kind of hated Gene, but I also felt so sorry for him.

5. Overall, a really fascinating book that I'm sorry to read all by myself with no professor to guide a discussion.
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LibrarianDest | 190 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Worst Book I've Ever Read
hubrisinmotion | 190 andre anmeldelser | Nov 14, 2023 |


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