CliffsNotes on Knowles' A Separate Peace

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In CliffsNotes on Knowles' A Separate Peace, you explore John Knowles greatest work, which is one of the most popular post-war novels about adolescence. Here, you meet Gene, who faces the challenge of ...

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Overview


The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on Knowles' A Separate Peace, you explore John Knowles greatest work, which is one of the most popular post-war novels about adolescence. Here, you meet Gene, who faces the challenge of finding his own individuality in a conformist world — the kind of individuality he's envious of in his friend, the free-spirited Finny.

This study guide carefully walks you through every step of Gene's journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each chapter of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, John Knowles, and gain insight into how he came to write A Separate Peace. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of major players
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays on innocence and the uneasy friendship between Gene and Finny
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764585784
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author


REGINA HIGGINS has been an educational writer for fifteen years. She has a Ph.D in English from Indiana University.

CHARLES HIGGINS has been an educational writer for fifteen years. He has a Ph.D in English from Indiana University.

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Table of Contents


Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Novel.

Critical Commentaries.

Chapters 1 - 13.

Character Analysis.

Critical Essays.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    Thriller

    This book showed how in a competitive environment, known as the Devon school, paranoia, jealousy, and envy overcome teenage boys in a hostel environment. And their only (brief) escape was A seperate Peace which they experienced at the Devon Winter Carnival. For a moment, they could forget about the war (WW II) and have a moment for themselves to plainly just forget about all of their problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    school reading help

    Worked great for daughter's high school English class. Was able to use successfully to complete class assignments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

    horrible

    Alright so im in 9th grade and i had to read this for my summer reading. It was just plain ahwful!!! I mean really it was a book about adolesence. It says it takes place durring WW2 and it does but only one kid goes into it then escapes! i mean really come on. If ur thinking about reading this 4 fun...waste of money.If u have to read this for school well its not gonna go so great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    A Separate Peace

    I hated this book, it was very boring and all about denial. Gene in the book is gay, I mean he talked about how this one boys butt was sexy. It wasn't gross just boring. As a result of reading this book I will never send by future child to an all boys school.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Seperate Peace

    This book is really amazing.It shows how kids did while WW2 was going on.It also shows how they felt about eachother. It's very intresting.People should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    gay book

    i really hate this book our english teacher made me read this book and now i really hate it i really hate our english teacher to i think he's gay.

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