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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
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Apr 26, 2010

really liked it

Before anything else, I thank Emir for this book.

The story is simple, the approach is complexed. But over all, it was a good read. To summarize it, the book is all about acceptance.
The main character of the book is Charlie, a simpleminded individual given a chance to fulfill his wish, to fit in. As a child, he disappointed his mother for just being himself. He was a moron, an idiot, his intelligence is below par. He did not comprehend this but his heart did, all these repression placed in a time capsule.
When some apparent genius offered him additional intelligence, he was more than happy to do so. It was a chance to see his mother's smile for once, to know that her Charlie is like any other kid not the one that wets on his pants, not the one that can's spell his name right. But this perceived acceptance is temporary, as he reaches the zenith of his mental capacity, his satiety for knowledge overwhelms his environment. After all, things that are left unexplained causes a stir to everyone else. With his newfound knowledge comes greater responsibilities, more moral and ethical issues. And yes, more emotional dilemma. All he had was knowledge, he lacked the experience that comes along with age. And when experience tries to catch up with his IQ, it burns him, like a CPU's hard drive rigged to go faster than it was originally built.
Things in his past haunted him, repressed memories were given meaning, things he thought he knew were given new understanding. Even the good became bad, and the bad, were highlighted. And in the end, when he thought he now belongs to the crowd, he finds himself alone with his mouse named Algernon.
Was it a bad idea to yearn for more knowledge? Was it bad to actually have comprehension?
My heart went to Charlie, it was waking up with a bad joke written in his forehead. He wanted to fit in. But he was in the wrong crowd. People liked him because everyone felt superior around him and they were supposedly his friends and when he was smart and them, inferior, they hated and feared him. Those are not friends at all. But I felt it was important for him to undergo all of this. This was a way of him saying that he has lived his life. He has built memories that he may not remember in the end but others will, and this will never be negated. Charlie existed, he has loved, he has cried and actually laughed without being the butt of the joke.
Knowledge is not bad. Happiness is not reciprocal to the amount of knowledge. I strongly believe they are directly proportional. Acceptance however is a different story, like I've said, he simply was in the wrong crowd.

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Reading Progress

April 26, 2010 – Started Reading
April 26, 2010 – Shelved
May 24, 2010 –
page 60
27.78% "i could have finished this book weeks ago only if i did not leave it in the province. just when i was getting at the good part"
June 26, 2010 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Ace (new)

Ace nakalimutanb ko nang basahin ito...

message 2: by K.D. (new) - added it

K.D. Absolutely 'He did not comprehend this but his heart did

Very nicely put, Dra. Ranee. I will read this book soon because of your review!

Ranee i'm not done with my review, wrote it while trying to get some sleep at 4 am at the ER.

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