It does sound confusing from the other discussion notes, but the story is an excellent one. A 32 year old retarded man with an IQ of 68 is operated on as a human trial after surgery was tried on a mouse. The doctors and scientist involved didn't want to wait too long to see if the mouse's IQ would revert back to retarded after a certain period of time. The young man's IQ gets so high that he is smarter than anyone else including these doctors. He's so smart that he does his own research about the operation and realizes that the change from retardation is only temporary. Because of this he can prevent this type of surgery being done without more study than was done this time. I was left with the feeling that everybody realized in the end that in some cases it isn't up to us to "fix" everything and everybody. One's IQ should not be the measure of a human's value.
I read this book when I was twelve. I remember that it was a favorite ... I am going to read it again.
I read it at 31 and really enjoyed the story. It really engaged me and made me feel for Charly.
This is the first book I read where I realized that reading was at least half my job and that thinking on purpose about a book could be surprising.
an interesting observation. It could revolutionize reading for some!
Intelligence doesn't equal happiness.
Ignorance is bliss. :D
It's like in Robinson Crusoe when he realizes that the footsteps he finds are his own and not other people's and he realizes he's all alone.
It's like when Charlie became smart and he thought he would have more friends and people would appreciate him more but he just felt more alone.
I read the short story in elementary school but it left such an impact I remembered the name. I didn't see the full version of the novel until a few weeks ago while browsing Borders book store. I picked it up and am currently reading through it together with my wife.
Its pretty cool that this book has such devoted fans. Posting comments with spelling just like Charlie Gordon would write.
I read this book because I saw it featured in one of my favorite anime called Ghost in the Shell. In the show, there are these blue robot spiders which have advanced artificial intelligence. So advanced indeed that each of the robots begin to develop personality. One of the robots is a bookworm and he happens to be reading Flowers of Algernon in one sequence. He is very curious about the nature of the soul as he relates his own identity crisis being an artificial entity himself. He thinks the book addresses some aspect of the issue on soul.
I think I liked the short story/novella more than the novel..the flashbacks were a bit confusing. I first read it in English class and enjoyed it very much. It was sad at the end.
I would have liked to know what happened to Charlie's dad, can anyone remember? Did he abandon him?
Flowers for Algernon reminds me of having a really good dream but then forgetting it as soon as my eyes open. Stinks for Charlie because it's his life!
I think Flowers for Algernon is a pretty good book. It might be hard to read at first because of the "grammatical errors" that Charlie makes, but you get used to it. It was disappointing in the end because Charlie lost all his artificial intelligence.
Last year my school did a play over this story and I thought that it seemed interesting and very different from most plays that I've seen, but they didn't really explain very much about the whole story. After I saw the play I never really thought of it as a book, but recently I found out that it was a book. I've heard it's a good book and extremely interesting, but I've just never gotten around to reading it. So, should I read it or just find another book?
I would absolutely recommend that you read this book. It is amazing. You'll find Charlie's "writing" difficult to read at first, but you'll get used to it after a while, much like you got used to reading a play! :)
Believe me you will not regret it. My friend told me about it and I was like ,"ugh no, I'm good. I don't like books". But i can honeslty tell u i was done with this book in a matter of four days and its pretty long. It's so GOOOD!!!
You should definitely read this book - it will teach you so many life lessons about the importance of acceptance.
IS THIS APPROPRIATE FOR A 13 YEAR OLD?
This book would always be one of my all-time favorite books together with Gone With The Wind and St. Elmo. =)
This book not only was amazing, but it taught me a lesson about the importance of life. While Charlie sees his life as a dread and dreams of starting over, he only learns that starting fresh makes you appretiate the life you had more.
I really thought that Daniel Keyes knowledge of psychology added quite a bit to the intellectual feel of this novel. All together I loved this novel, particularly when Charlie begins to realize that it is almost as if he is two completely different people, fighting for control over one human body. This book not only taught me alot of life lessons and jerked tears out of my eyes, but it also makes me want to see the movie now.