Flowers for Algernon. Where do I even begin. This story is written entirely in “progris riports” and follows the life of a mentally slow middle-aged man, Charlie Gordon, who writes about himself before and after he undergoes an “operashun” to make him intelligent. Before Charlie, the only other soul to have this operation is a mouse named Algernon, whom Charlie identifies with throughout the book.
If I had to rate this book on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (great) I would give it a 9.5 because nothing is perfect, but this book came super close. The way it is written is almost like reading Charlie’s diary because you know his deepest secrets, thoughts, and desires. The flashbacks he has from his life before the procedure do an excellent job of building his character and creating his family; as well as, Charlie’s changes in grammar and spelling as he becomes smarter.
More importantly, this book draws attention to what it means to be human and that intelligence doesn’t matter, but how we treat each other does. Living in 2018, people are extremely aware of civil rights, but this is beyond civil rights. This is personal. This book tells us that people are people and no procedure to refine them will ever really change them. I hate to spoil books, so I won’t. The only thing I can tell you is to go to your local library or bookstore and GET THIS BOOK. I hope that you will fall in love with this story, as I have. -K
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