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A Separate Peace is a novel by John Knowles that is about prep school experiences during World War II This book was a good story about an adolescents attempt to understand the world and himself I enjoyed reading about Genes journey towards maturity and the adult worldThis book takes place in Devon School New Hampshire during a summer session when Gene Forrester was sixteen years old One day Gene and Finny his friend and roommate went to a large tree by the river Finny suggested that they try and jump from the tree into the river below them This jump was usually for older boys But they both made the jump successfully and Finny formed the Summer Suicide Society which is dedicated to members being initiated by jumping from the tree to the river Each time Gene and Finny must go first but Gene always has a fear of jumpingFinny always was considered the best athlete in school and Gene tried to counterbalance by being the best student After a while of joining Finnys activities Gene thinks that Finny is intentionally trying to make him fail out of school He starts to dislike Finny and his activities and Gene starts interrupting his schoolwork to jump from the tree more and more often On one occasion he thoughtlessly jounces the limb and Finny falls and breaks his legFinnys leg is so shattered that he will not be able to play sports again Gene is scared that Finny will tell that he intentionally pushed him off the tree After his first visit to the infirmary Gene realizes that Finny trusts Gene completely and would never accuse Gene After summer vacation was over Gene guilty conscience decides to confess to Finny that he had deliberately pushed him out of the tree Finny refuses to believe his confession and demands that Gene leaveAutumn session had started and Gene did not try to go out for any sports Students volunteered
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