Friday, April 23, 2010

A Separate Peace; A Book review


How can you send someone you love into a catastrophe? How can you hurt them and you end up hurting yourself even more?

This is the resonating thought that the book “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles brings. Two young gentlemen bonded not only in the corners of Devon School but more than that they are bonded of a special friendship. Finny & Gene are vibrant spirits ready to face the world even if it is at war but what drives one to hurt the other and thus lead both of them changed and hurt forever.

The book might be short but it is beautifully written. I want to share my favourite phrase:

“Very gradually, like one instrument after another being tentatively rehearsed, beacons of colour began to pierce the sky. The ocean perked up a little from the reflection of these coloured slivers in the sky. Bright high lights shone on the tips of the waves, and beneath its gray surface I could see lurking a deep midnight green.....as pure as the shores of Eden.”

A beautiful description of the sea while the sun is rising. You could not describe it more beautiful than that.

I really did not mind the details that the late author wrote because it was descriptive and beautiful at the same time. It is an easy read to a point that it might get predictable but I ignored the thought because the author wrote it simply well.

I give this book a three and half out of five stars.


M.

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