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A Separate Peace (Scribner Classics) by John Knowles Perfect Example Of The Setting Enhancing The Theme One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is the story of a friendship between two 16-year-old boys in an American boarding school - one a natural athlete and the other a scholar. Their different temperaments cause tensions that lead to tragedy. A Separate Peace and To Kill A Mockingbird are my two favorite books of all time. I reread both of them every several years because I like them so much. Each time I read them I tend to pick up new details I missed the first few times I read them. I must confess that these were two of the few books I read during high school. I am embarrassed to admit that I relied on CliffNotes to get me through much of our assigned reading back then. The funny thing is that the two books that I actually made the effort to read turned out to be my two favorite books of all time. Even to this day, almost 20 years out of high school, and nowadays I read on average a book a week and I have read lots of wonderful books over the last several years, A Separate Peace and To Kill A Mockingbird still stand strong. I truly cannot understand anyone bashing either of these two books. I think it reflects sadly on our society and our societys values. I think it reflects poorly on parents who have failed to cultivate a love of reading in their children which then spills over in to the schools where the teachers often are blamed for poor academic performance. Lets not forget academic performance begins in the HOME. The parents are their childrens primary teachers. So for those who called A Separate Peace boring, awful, had no action, wasnt believable, etc., how about trying to reread it a few years down the road when you are more mature and can appreciate excellence? And to the person who stated in his one-star critique of A Separate Peace what kind of sixteen year-old knocks their best friend out of a tree because hes jealous??? - are you kidding me? Knocking him out of a tree was mild compared to the horrendous violence I have seen in the news over the last several years - even just in the last week or two!-of what people do to their friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, siblings or complete strangers just because of jealousy or they have been angered over something big or small. In the news last week a 10 year old shot his 8-year-old brother in the face with a shot gun because he said his brother took his seat when they were watching a DVD. Huh?! So you kill him? I have been rambling on, so I will wrap it up now. As a parent to a 4-year- old boy and a six-year-old girl, I will say that if there is only one thing I have done right as a parent thus far, it has been instilling in my children an extreme love of reading and appreciating books. My rule has been that whenever my child asks me to read, I drop what I am doing and I read to him and/or her. The two of them showed love for books before their first birthdays. My daughter is now a phenomenal reader and is reading far beyond her grade level. She loves reading to her little brother and seeing them do this is providing me with some beautiful memories of their childhood. I still have my copies of A Separate Peace and To Kill A Mockingbird and have shown them to my kids and one day will pass them along to them. I hope they enjoy these books as much as I have - I have a feeling they will! For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: A Separate Peace (Scribner Classics) by John Knowles - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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