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A Separate Peace is a 1959 novel by John Knowles, a coming-of-age story symbolizing Cold-War paranoia during World War II. The events take place from Summer, 1942 to Summer, 1943.

Gene Forrester, a student at a boarding school, sabotages his successful best friend, Phineas, out of perceived jealousy. When Gene realizes that Phineas was not trying to sabotage him, Gene finds out too late that Phineas was a true friend, and Phineas becomes crippled in an accident by Gene. The rest of the story details Gene's and Phineas's friendship and Gene's attempts to reconcile with what had happened.

Surprisingly required reading in a lot of schools, despite the Homoerotic Subtext.


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