Title: Flowers for Algernon
Author: Daniel Keyes
Finished: November 7
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publish Year: 1959
It’s been a very long time since I read this, so I don’t really consider it a re-read.
It’s such an amazing story. Charlie was born with mental defects and a group of scientists arrange for him to have a surgery they believe will make him smarter. It is an amazing journey of a man who knew so little and was always happy, becoming smarter than even the doctors without understanding how or why things are.
Charlie’s intelligence increases at such a rapid speed he can’t keep up with the progress and becomes confused as to why certain things are the way they are. It takes courage for Charlie to finally stand up to the people who have treated him terrible in the past and show them that he has been a human being all along, with feelings, and they have been treating him only as a test subject.
The emotional roller coaster Charlie faces increases as he learns that maybe the operation only has a temporary effect and he may return to his previous mental state, or even worse.
Absolutely loved this book.
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