Tragic flaw seen in a separate peace by john knowles

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Now, I know that hating the assigned reading is a time-honoured tradition in English class, but you have to understand that this was my first experience with such an emotion. I was the book-addicted, scholarly, high-achieving nerdy student who, in Grade 10, had gotten together with friends and their English teacher at lunch to read Shakespeare and then after our school closed at the end of Grade 10, c In Grade 11 English we read A Separate Peaceby John Knowles, as our Novel, and I hated it.

I was the book-addicted, scholarly, high-achieving nerdy student who, in Grade 10, had gotten together with friends and their English teacher at lunch to read Shakespeare and then after our school closed at the end of Grade 10, continued to meet up outside of school over the following year.

I had never not enjoyed the assigned reading before; I, with all the plucky naivety of someone who looked up to teachers and already wanted to be one, assumed that if the teacher chose it, it must be good.

Oh, how much I had left to learn. This was one of the few times as a student that I was not-pleasant to a teacher, and I regret that. Colin McAdam creates a fictional Canadian private school and follows two boys, roommates, eighteen years old and thus men, really, as they orbit the eponymous girl who is the object of their affections.

Have we not moved on from such pubescent writing? Fall is every bit an object in this book, denied both voice and agency, forced to exist simultaneously in the fantasies of these two young men as well as a character who serves only as a sexual mirror for one and a fixation for the other.

And everything about this plot is so earnest. But my point is that Fall takes itself way too seriously about two decades too late. If it had decided to subvert itself at any point, maybe it could have had a chance.

Instead we have Noel, called Wink because of his lazy eye in that painful way boys have of giving out cutting nicknames. Noel is withdrawn, introverted and intellectual and actually getting something out of this fancy education his diplomat father is paying for. Rooming with Julius, the most popular of the seniors at St.

If Noel is unplumbed depths, then Julius is tapped out shallows. I suppose the stream of consciousness narration of his chapters is supposed to emphasize this: Julius is all surface, no depth. The fact that this is a Canadian private school is mildly interesting.

They seem like a foreign thing.

Tragic flaw seen in a separate peace by john knowles

McAdam points out the hypocrisy of those places, the tension between the cost of providing such an education and the way the straitjacket of rules infantilizes these adult boys. This is a legitimate criticism. There is a strange beauty to the plot as McAdam has structured it; Noel is at least semi-fascinating as a character study of a species of sociopath.

We could have long, meandering conversations about unreliable narrators and suppressed memories. Fall is not about Fall the woman but what these two men imagine Fall might be. And that is interesting psychologically, yes. Of all the poorly-sketched characters in this book, Fall definitely seems like the most lively, most interesting, deepest of them all.

Shame we never meet her. McAdam has so many opportunities here to elevate the story rather than go through the motions. And therein lies the problem: Fall just takes itself too seriously.

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Tragic flaw seen in a separate peace by john knowles

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