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“As a psychology graduate, I found this book interesting in more ways than one. The main thing I realized after reading this is that we really don't know if to aspire to be "normal" or "like everyone else" is what's good in the long run. Charlie's story also touches on how science has lost its...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Fucking awesome.”Ignacio F wrote this review 11 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book a couple of years ago. I had seen the movie Charlie when I was young, but this was the first time I read the book. It was a great book--completely enthralling. I would recommend it highly to anyone. There are a few issues here and there--sex and some language issues--but Danile Keyes indeed wrote a book that truly captured the mind of the main character.”ruthhill74 wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pages: 1-150 Friday 29, 13
Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, wrote this intelligent novel that displays struggle and progress at the same time. Even though this book is one of the hardest book i ever read, I managed to continue it, and see some progress in the protagonist, Charlie Gordon. In the first few reports, I learned some things that will help me in future life. For example, I learned that even though a person is in his or her adulthood, that person should never give up and always try their best to succeed in life even though that person is suffering mental or physical illness. This relates to Flowers For Algernon because Daniel Keyes demonstrates chapters in progresses hence, Daniel Keyes demonstrates Charlie's progress. As said before, i struggled with reading some spelling errors and that made it difficult as a reader. However, this was mostly during the beginning of the book because later on, as a reader, I got the hang of it. So far this book is nice to read because it shows Charlie's progress and struggles thus makes this book, Flowers with Algernon more fascinating.”
“This is the story of a mentally disabled man who is involved in an experiment to increase his intelligence. The reader is able to follow his progress in learning, growing and experiencing new things in life, while he follows the life of a mouse who underwent the same surgery as he did. He later discovers that life is not what he thought it would be with his new intelligence, but actually more complicated.
“"Flowers For Algernon" is a captivating story about a journey of a man's life. The story is told through journal entries written by the story's protagnist, Charlie Gordan who has an IQ of 60. Charlie works as a janitor in a factory and attends Beekman College for Retarded adults. While attending Beekman College, Charlie undergoes a experimental treatment that increases his intelligence. While taking the experiment drug, Charlie develops a realtionship will an experimental mouse called Algernon. Algernon dies after receiving the drug for an extended period of time. Soon, Charlie loses his intelligence as the drug took an oppose effect and regressed. This story has many themes: mistreatment of the mentally disabled, the tension between Intellect and Emotion, and persistence of the past in the present. If you want to read a story that will touch your heart, then "Flowers For Algernon" is the story for you!
I enjoyed reading this story because it enabled me to put my self in another person's position. This book has many text to world connection and has vivid dialogue.”
“No information on this book. This is a referral by a friend. Not included for this assignment. ”Trinity wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After my thyroid was removed I had a difficult time adjusting. I experienced constant brain fog--I could not grasp ideas, could not think of very basic words, forgot names, repeated myself often, felt confused, and often stopped speaking mid-sentence b/c I'd forgotten the entire conversation. It was like living 3 panes of glass away from reality. During that time I kept thinking of this book b/c I'd read it in high school and remembered that the main character Charlie, a mentally handicapped man, became extremely intelligent after he received the same operation as a mouse named Algernon. He soon realized that Algernon was regressing and knew the same fate awaited him. The regression was difficult b/c he remembered that he had once been smart, and that was exactly the way I felt--like it was there but I just couldn't quite grasp it. I was a little surprised with the content, but now I realize I'd read the short story previously and this was the more detailed novel. It's a sad story; the author was asked to give it a happily-ever-after by various publishers and he refused. The book is very thought provoking regarding intelligence, respect, and quality of life. ”Valerie J K wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book that got me to start reading”Samantha Huston wrote this review Wednesday, November 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read in grade school”judy holmes wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I am on page 100 of the book, “Flowers For Algernon”. This book is basically a diary of a 32-year-old man named Charlie, who has mental disability. The story is written as if a person with an actual mental disability would write a diary, because most of the spelling and grammar is not correct. As the story goes on, you are introduced to characters. Some of the characters are people who work at the bakery with Charlie. Charlie considers these people to be his friends, however they make fun of him without him realizing. For example, after Charlie has an operation to help improve his memory and learning skills and one of his friends, Joe Karp, says, “Hey look where Charlie had his operation what did they do Charlie, put some brains in.” All Charlie’s ‘friends’ start laughing and so does Charlie and then Charlie comments that his friends really like him. This makes you feel sympathetic for Charlie because he doesn’t realize what his ‘friends’ are doing to him for a while and it adds strong emotion to the story. This a great and interesting story and I can’t wait to continue on.
Formal Review: I have finished the book, Flowers for Algernon. This was a well-written story, with an innovative idea.
The book gives you strong feelings about the characters and their relationships, such as Charlie and Alice’s relationship. The way Charlie discusses how he feels for Alice, is beautiful and it gives a true emotion and feeling to the story. Not only does it give you strong feelings and depth for his relationships with other people, but it also his relationship between himself before the operation and after the operation. It seems as if the old Charlie and the Charlie after the operation are two different people and it shows a good example for compare and contrast, as well as perspective. The new Charlie is narrating and he feels like the old Charlie is trapped inside him and watching his actions. The new Charlie starts to feel scared, and he knows that the old Charlie is still inside of him and is making him confused and scared, like he used to, and it angers the new Charlie.
There is also strong symbolism in the book. As you read on, you realize that Algernon, the mouse who also had an operation to become more intelligent, represents Charlie. As Algernon develops, he represents Charlie’s development, and how Charlie changes through out his life. Another symbol is the maze that Algernon completes, and goes through. This maze is a symbol of Charlie’s life and his obstacles he has to go through when the operation changes him, for example, how Charlie figures out that his mother never wanted him and was the one who sent him away. The maze is a representation of how Charlie has to deal with what he figures out about his past, as well as the issues his operation has led up to.
This is a fantastic and emotional book and I recommend it to anyone who likes any genre.