A Summary And Analysis Of The Novel A Separate Piece By John Knowles (Book Review Sample)
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A Separate Piece
A Separate Peace is one of the best-known novels by John Knowles. The novel explores patriotism, morality, and loss of innocence. Gene Forrester and Phineas are the main characters. The narration is told from Gene's point of view. The story begins with Gene returning to his old prep school in Devon. The return to Devon brings bad memories, and he regards two places as ‘fearful sites.' The two locations that he fears the most are the marble stairs and a tree along the river bank that caused the fallout with his friend Phineas (nicknamed Finny). During their time in Devon, Finny and Phineas were close friends despite being opposite in personality. The author describes Finny as an extrovert, athletic demeanor and carefree while Gene is portrayed as an introvert, quiet and intellectual personality. The friendship between the two goes through happy moments. During the ‘gypsy summer' in 1942, Finny convinces Gene to form a ‘Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session.' The society is created to recruit more members who undergo a rite of passage by jumping into Devon River. The fact that Gene accepts this idea proves that they shared good friendship among them. The friendship, however, comes to a halt when Gene jounces Finny's limb causing him to fall from the tree. Finny suffers from a shattered leg. The accident compels Finny to quit from sports which were most dear to him.
The author uses characterization to describe the emotional tension between Finny and Gene. In the beginning, Gene is seen as an innoc