Banned Books Week! Day 7 ~ A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

Today is the final day of Banned Books Week. This week, I’ve featured one banned book each day. Today’s book is The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger.

“Nothing endures. Not a tree. Not love. Not even death by violence.” 

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, was challenged due to sexual content. It is a coming of age story set in a boarding school during the second world war. The typical anxieties of adolescence are amplified by the looming specter of the war and the draft.

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.

Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is 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, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.

A Separate Peace explores the fear, insecurities, and jealousy which so often tinge adolescence. What is your favorite coming of age novel and why? Discuss in the comments!

Thank you for joining me in my celebration of banned books this week!


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