A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Set in a New England boarding school during World War II, this novel explores the tumultuous friendship between two boys, a charismatic and daring athlete and his introverted, intellectual roommate. The story delves into themes of envy, identity, and the loss of innocence, culminating in a tragic accident that forever changes their lives. The backdrop of the war adds a layer of tension and urgency, reflecting the inner turmoil of the protagonists.

The 582nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 580

Since this book was first published in 1959, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 580.0.

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