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یک کلاسیک آمریکایی و پرفروش بزرگ برای بیش از سی سال، یک صلح جداگانه در توصیف نوجوانی در دوره ای است که کل کشور بی گناه را به جنگ جهانی دوم از دست داد. در سالهای ابتدایی جنگ جهانی دوم در مدرسه شبانه روزی در نیویورک قرار دارد و "صلح جداگانه" یک عادت غم انگیز و درخشان از قسمت تاریک نوجوانی است. ژن یک فکری تنها و درونی است. فینیاس یک ورزشکار خوش تیپ، ترسناک و جنجالی است. چه اتفاقی بین دو دوست یک تابستان اتفاق می افتد، مانند جنگ، و بی گناهی این پسران و جهانشان را از بین می برد.


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This is one of those @required summer reading [email protected] In fact, while I am sure they are out there, I dont think I have ever met anyone who read this and it was not required for school.

But, it was an enjoyable required read. Focusing on coming of age, schoolboy friendships, etc. Not too much else I can say without spoiling it, but it was kinda rough on the teenage spirit at the time. We think we can all survive anything when we are young . . .

If you were never required to read this one for school, it is worth the read!

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I had to read this book in 11th grade English. I hated it. I had to read it again in college. I still hated it. I dont know why everyone thinks its so great. Please, explain the appeal to me!

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All of them, all except Phineas, constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier, this enemy who never attacked that way- if he ever attacked at all; if he was indeed the enemy.


The book cares who is watching. Gene knows you are watching. Move in for an embrace, over the shoulder a good old boy smile. You know how it is, how it was. There we all were...

Confession? I dont place a lot of value in confessionals. If you want to know a person, really know them, it means more to me to take note of what matters to them, what they dont choose to divulge.

Where was I?

I felt as if I were reading someone telling me about a book. The air was stale, the life sucked out. He wastes time foretelling of evil. If I time-traveled to fifteen years ago in Genes past it might have felt like this. Doomed to witness the events over the shoulder of a person who wants you to believe what they want you to believe. He wastes time telling of wanting to go back. Did he wish it never happened for himself or for Phinnys sake? The self serving voice lies.

I think it was a mistake to tell the events of the story from Genes will. The moral of the story, that you cannot forgive unless you can forgive yourself, is stated in the text. Thats pretty unforgivable in my book to talk down to the reader this much. It is worse still in that it isnt earned. Everything is told, never happening, never felt. Gene doesnt have to face up to what he did, to know himself. It is given to him through anothers acceptance. I didnt need Fowles to tell me that Phinny writes letters to all the kings men. I didnt need to be told that he denies there is a war because they wont accept him as a cripple. It is baffling to me that my edition brings up Fowles William Faulkner award a few times. Faulkner didnt put it into his story that The Sound and the Fury wasnt about a slut who ruins the lives of her brothers. Sure, there are some seemingly heartless readers who take it as such. I love Faulkner for the qualities this book didnt possess. Faulkner trusts the reader. What about the story, what about knowing them, the life that allows to breathe? A Separate Peace doesnt breathe. It doesnt trust you.

There are qualities to types of confessionals that interest me. Someone will tell you what sounds like their whole life story as if there is no time. They take you by the hand. This is where I live. In my life it is this type of person who usually fucks me over after a couple of days. Someone will tell you what they consider to be important. I lived through that. Why are they telling you? Was it important you were a stranger, were they free?

Gene pushes Phineas, his gold star on the chart at the end of the day, off of a tree. His heart says do it. He doesnt know what is in his heart, not always. The ghost that repeats itself doesnt die the same death. What you think you would forgive if it was someone else who did it. Phineas is crippled. Maybe Phineas didnt want his follower to match his sports glory in the academic area. Maybe everything is as Gene says it is.

But Gene says that he feels sorry for Leper. Gene doesnt move fast enough to end the scene when he tells the school that Leper ran away from the army. Sure, Gene tells that he isnt like the average boys academy bully. When A Separate Peace is best we get to hear Leper imply what Gene looked like when he was running with the boys. Hear Gene all for enlisting with Brinker and turning his face when Phinny doesnt like the idea. Give Brinker a nickname, what a joke. What a sissy britches. I was interested in what another character would have said about the events in their school. I was more interested in forgetting about what Gene said altogether and just watching what happened and deciding for myself. Almost, when Gene is called out on what really happened that day on the tree. I wont say fateful because I dont believe it was meant to happen. Perhaps on another day he wouldnt have wanted to stay on top. If Phinny had given him enough attention that day, made him feel special enough. Gene wont say what happened and we know that Brinker and Leper at least suspect what happens. We know that Gene brags about his clever turnaround in the smoking room to evade questions. Was this the life? Was it true that school and life was about being able to be the best without giving a shit about anything? I dont think the boy who scored lower on the most likely to succeed lists cared about looking good in a stupid yearbook photo if he was doing what he loved. Genes confessional in A Separate Peace as this is what boys are like, this is what lies in their hearts. I dont feel it. I dont feel it just because the book tells me it is so.

Im also perplexed why this is called a masterpiece when it is said right from the off Gene is telling about events from fifteen years past. Different chapters will contradict the previous one when shouldnt he have known this already? As it had all happened already?

My favorite part was when Leper runs away from the army because his life would be ruined with a discharge on grounds of insanity. He would never be hired for employment. This contradicts the rosy @And Stalin was great and Churchhill was great and Roosevelt was [email protected] cheesey voice narrator from a film. I can just hear the middle-aged actor (the poor girls Tom Hanks) narrating the events as the secondary actor from a CW tv show looks moony at the heartthrob rolling around the school grounds with his athletic body. Gene talked about his friends body so much I was thinking I had wondered into a junior high school girls lavatory. @You have such nice [email protected] @Shut up, you have a great butt. All the boys like your [email protected] I dont know anything more about those girls than they choose to subscribe to an off the surface world expectation. Blah blah blah all sixteen year old boys live the life. But what about everyone else? There were lots of boys in that school.

I didnt read A Separate Peace in high school because I was in the @dumb [email protected] English class. Im not sure if the book tells you stuff that isnt true because the author thought the readers were young and wouldnt understand unless he connected all of the dots? Or is Gene supposed to be this sociopathic and believes his audience to be suckers? But what for? The important thing, for me, about confessionals is why a person is telling you all of this to begin with. Do they want you to know them? What is being absolved if it as easy as a saint-like school chum forgiving you? I dont think youre a bad guy. Or you could live your life and just try to be human and not fuck anyone over any more than you have to. Openness is worth more to me than any confessional story about the bad thing you did or the bad thing that happened to you. That so much of everyone and everything in his life was based on the boy he thought was higher than him says more to me than the rest of it. That is what I think it would say if it didnt know I was watching. Because hes watching Phinny.

Confession? Confessions mean something to me if they are a means to relate. To be naked about what matters to you, if you care about who you are sharing it with. This book doesnt knows you are watching and it thinks it knows who you are and what you know.

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I was bored senseless. Lets leave it at that.

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This is an American classic I didnt know yet, but got to know via Goodreads. Turns out many of my Goodreads friends read it already, so I discovered this is a well known book. Beautiful read. Brooding story, a coming of age tale with a dark side. Need to reread it again for all the details and the beautiful language. In some way it made me think of Brideshead Revisited, a grand book as well.
For those who dont know this book yet...
Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, we meet Gene and Phineas, two students. A harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.



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