“I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.” 

Summary

With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance–until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?

Personal Experiences

This book questions the bounds of technology. And I like it. There are a lot of questions in today’s society about how far we should go, and David Keyes attempts to answer one of these questions. Charlie Gordon is a fantastic character, and I like a lot of Keyes’s choices that he made when writing the book. This book makes me think about saying like “ignorance is bliss” and others like it. Charlie is a really strong character even if he is mentally challenged.

Quotes

“Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you’ve believed in all your life aren’t true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.” 


“I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.” 


“That’s the thing about human life–there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.” 

Read Flowers for Algernon

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*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Flowers for Algernon by David Keyes," in {sereneharoon.com}, October 28, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/10/flowers-for-algernon-by-david-keyes/.

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