Book Review: Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes

Flowers for AlgernonFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you could be turned into a genius by having surgery, would you do it?

Of course, there is a catch. You would eventually regress into what you were before, and at some point, die because of it.

Flowers for Algernon was a really good book. It takes you into the mind of a mentally retarded man, Charlie Gordon, and see his journey from laughingstock to one of the greatest minds of the world. And of course, his regression. It was especially interesting to see his memories of childhood- his sister Norma, who resented him because she didn’t understand, his mother Rose, who wanted a ‘normal’ son, and practically abused Charlie because of it, and his father Matt, who always tried to defend him.

Anyway, awesome book, and everyone should read it at some point.

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