Peace Breaks Out

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Peace Breaks Out
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Cover to a recent paperback edition
Author John Knowles
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
March 1981
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 178 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-03-056908-7 (hardback edition) & ISBN 0-553-27574-7 (paperback edition)
OCLC 6555306
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3561.N68 P4

Peace Breaks Out (1981) is a novel by American author John Knowles, better known for A Separate Peace (1959). The books share the setting of the Devon preparatory school, probably a reference to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, which Knowles attended in his youth.

Plot introduction[edit]

This book follows the story of Pete Hallam as he returns to the school and becomes a history teacher as well as a coach. It is a story of the aftermath of World War II and the loss of innocence of young men. It starts by Pete Hallam returning to the school he graduated from, war-torn and emotionally scarred. He now is a teacher at Devon School and detects a subtle but deep hate between two members of the class in the first session alone.

Characters in "Peace Breaks Out"[edit]

  • Pete Hallam – the school teacher and main character.