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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 #1A Separate Peace196 PagesThis is a very well-written book. From my first immpression on it, John Knowlesstill really knows what it is like to be a kid. I think that the theme of this novel so far isCivilian Life During the War. It tells a story about two young american boys goingthrough school during WWII. It takes place in Devon, New Hampshire. It is set in thefirst-person through the mind of Gene Forrester. I am currently on page 79. The first halfof the book is set during the Summer Session of School with Gene's friend Finny, shortfor Phineas. Gene is an intelligent and relatively happy intellectual, while Phineas is anathletic, friendly and clever daredevil. Together they make an unbreakable team. The twoboys are sixteen years old. Gene can always count on Finny for some adventure, whileFinny can always count on Gene to be there to bring along. Life is great for them duringthe Summer Session; The teachers are calm and relaxed about the rules, and there is somuch to do. Phineas brings Gene along for all the fun, but always seems to get away withanything by using his quick inventive wit. That is one very unique thing about Phineas. Idon't think I know anybody that even comes close to comparing with Finny. He is such adifferent character than the kind of people that I am used to; But I can tell you that eachand every day would be way more interesting if I had a Phineas in my life. As Genefollows Phineas around, they end up with Phineas Shattering his leg... Let me tell youhow. Well, Finny would (as I said) bring Gene whever he went. From the ocean shore...

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