Donna's Reviews > Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon
Jun 29, 2013
Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction story begun as a short story in 1959 and later turned into a novel. I’m still sitting with it – it was beautifully written but so sad and, unfortunately still hit so many truths even today. I must admit the politically incorrect speech caught me off guard-- it’s been a long time since I’ve heard some of the terms that were normal for that time. The narrator is Charlie and he is mentally retarded, but he has friends and people that look after him. After experimental surgery (he is the first human subject) his IQ, like the mouse Algernon, increases exponentially, much faster than his emotional abilities. Through his reports he records his progress and we learn along with him how things really are in and around his life. A classic and worth the read.
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