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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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Jun 19, 2008

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bookshelves: sci-fi, fiction
Recommended to Melanie by: Morrison Library booksale - 25-cents
Read in September, 2008

A number of people I've talked to said they read this in high school, but I never did. This is the bittersweet tale of Charlie Gordon, a developmentally disabled adult who becomes the guinea pig in an experiment on enhancing human intelligence. However, I don't think this is as sad a tale as some people have described it as being. Charlie gains, and then loses, a great deal, but he never loses his humanity. In fact, the book closes with Charlie making a moving choice which demonstrates a profound insight into what is most important about being human.

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