Journal #1 for John Knowles' "A separate peace" This is a report on half the book. It earned an 87%.

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Journal #1

A Separate Peace

196 Pages

This is a very well-written book. From my first immpression on it, John Knowles

still really knows what it is like to be a kid. I think that the theme of this novel so far is

Civilian Life During the War. It tells a story about two young american boys going

through school during WWII. It takes place in Devon, New Hampshire. It is set in the

first-person through the mind of Gene Forrester. I am currently on page 79. The first half

of the book is set during the Summer Session of School with Gene's friend Finny, short

for Phineas. Gene is an intelligent and relatively happy intellectual, while Phineas is an

athletic, friendly and clever daredevil. Together they make an unbreakable team. The two

boys are sixteen years old. Gene can always count on Finny for some adventure, while

Finny can always count on Gene to be there to bring along.

Life is great for them during

the Summer Session; The teachers are calm and relaxed about the rules, and there is so

much to do. Phineas brings Gene along for all the fun, but always seems to get away with

anything by using his quick inventive wit. That is one very unique thing about Phineas. I

don't think I know anybody that even comes close to comparing with Finny. He is such a

different character than the kind of people that I am used to; But I can tell you that each

and every day would be way more interesting if I had a Phineas in my life. As Gene

follows Phineas around, they end up with Phineas Shattering his leg... Let me tell you

how. Well, Finny would (as I said) bring Gene whever he went. From the ocean...