Thursday, March 22, 2007
24. "A Separate Peace" ~ John Knowles
I've complained before about the New England prep school stories... there are just so many of them. Exeter, anyone? "Write what you know" was taken too seriously by several male authors.
This is the first book (other than A Prayer for Owen Meany) that I have adored despite its setting. Perhaps it's because this isn't the typical drivel of cranky professors in musty classroom. It is about boys becoming men under the frightening haze of World War II, particularly what that last year of school is like for 17-year-olds looking at enlistment or the draft.
Of course it's deeper and more meaningful than that. But this is one of those books that resonated with me for several days after completion. I'm not going to spoil it for you here.
4.75 out of 5.0 Graveyard Spirits.
Banned book: "Detractors cite offensive language and sex as dangerous elements in this novel." Whuuut? Methinks thou dost protest too much.