Flowers for Algernon

Holy crap, I’m dying. If you have not read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, run out and get a copy right now.

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I’ve always been fascinated with the way our brains work, with mental handicaps, illness, psychology, etc. If I were smarter and more focused, I would have gone into that field. I settle for reading as many books about it as I can.

I think, although it is a very vague memory now, that we read this in middle school. I was thinking about it the other day when I was going through the list for one of the challenges I’m doing, and I was glad when my local library had it available.

This is a story of a man with a lifelong mental handicap, who undergoes an experimental operation in hopes that it will increase his intelligence. The book is written in journal form, “Progress Reports,” for the experiment.

Try not to fall in love with Charlie. I dare you. Be prepared to cry, and have a book-throwing reaction worse than TFIOS. I guarantee it.

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