‘Flowers for Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes
- Date began: March 28, 2012
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Project: n/a
- Reading List: Spring 2012
- Got it/Why I picked it up: For free…at my friendly neighborhood library! I almost took this book off my reading list because I realized the copy I owned wasn’t the original novel. Then, I realized how much I wanted to read it. And I realized that my library probably had it. Voila. Problem solved.
- Back of the book: When we first meet Charlie, he is about to embark on a compelling but dangerous journay from retardation to genius. He has only a vague understanding of what will happen, but he is aware that knowledge and the ability to write are of paramount importance. So he doesn’t hesitate for a moment to cooperate in a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence, the key — he hopes — to being valued as a human being and to being loved.
- Daniel Keye’s powerful and highlyg original story of a young man whose quest for intelligence and knowledge parallels that of Algernon (the mouse who is an earlier subject of a similar experiment) remains unique in imaginative literature.
- We follow Charlie Gordon’s mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. We watch with excitement as he becomes the focus of attention by the scientific world, his intellectual capcities far surpassing those of the psychologists and neurosurgeons who engineered his metamorphosis. We also follow the progress of his romance with two women, one who knew him before the experiment as well as with another, who knows only as the attractive, bright, and sympathetic man he has become. And finally, we hope against hope that what happens suddenly, unexpectedly to Algernon will not happen to Charlie.