Jan 30, 2008

Indian Summer

by John Knowles

I picked this book up months ago at the Book Thing, because I love A Separate Peace (same author). This one is about a young man returning home from war, where he was a bomber. He wants to learn to fly airplanes (instead of just ride in them), and establish a cargo airline between Washington State and Alaska. And he always liked the idea of farming, so he starts out by learning to fly a crop-duster plane... I read twenty pages and just found it dull. The character and his story did not interest me. Nothing rose off the page or tickled my mind with wordplay. Moving on, I opened The Years of Rice and Salt. Now I've got something in my hands I can't put down!

Abandoned ...0/5... 243 pages, 1966

6 comments:

Julie said...

Peace Breaks Out is the sequel to A Separate Peace. While not as enchanting as the original, it is a good read.

A Separate Peace is one of my all time favorites.

Julie

Jeane said...

Hmm, maybe I'd have better luck trying Peace Breaks Out. The title sounds awful familiar though, which might mean I did once and ditched it.

Thanks for the blog link!

Lauren said...

I again with your words about Lying Awake. It was almost like poetry. Thanks for the comment! ~ L

verbivore said...

Your post got me curious as I'd never heard of this American writer before. I looked him up and he has quite a long list of publications - I'm curious now to try one of them. Would you recommend starting with A Separate Peace, it seems to be his most famous.

Jeane said...

Verbivore- I would definitely recommend starting with A Separate Peace. From all accounts I've read, I believe it is his best work.

ravenous reader said...

A Separate Peace is a gem of a book. But even Peace Breaks Out did not have the same poignant charm. And I'd never heard of the one you mentioned.

I'm glad you found one you liked better:)