[ Read Online Flowers for Algernon · romania PDF ] by Daniel Keyes ì Heartbreaking and beautiful Required reading, as far as I am concerned.
Well, that was depressing ETA Across social media, people are asking me how I got out of high school without reading this book I didn t go to high school I left after a partial year look, don t do as I do, do as I say STAY IN SCHOOL All I knew about this classic when I went into was that it was about a mouse.
Clearly I knew nothing.
You re watching Charlie, the main character, go through an experimental procedure that increases his IQ The whole book, written in diary entries, let us see how it affects his life and how he struggles through it.
I rarely cry while reading a book but I couldn t help myself here.
It s a classic for a reason read it You won t be able to put it down.
Wow I m so glad I finally read it I had only read passages of it before but it was totally with sitting and reading the whole thing through I don t even know what to say I can t stop crying because of how things are for Charlie and I guess I just wish that they way he was treated wasnt so close to reality Also it s kind of painful to have to question things like intimacy vs intelligence and self actualization which are brought up so poignantly in the book I don t even know if anything I m saying is making any sense but the book really got to me and now I need to be alone to cry and consolidate myself with it and the new ideas it has made me consider.
I first read this book in 8th grade, in my english class I remembered enjoying it, being fascinated in how the author painted the picture that I really was reading Charlie s journal by use of spelling, grammar and punctuation related to the level Charlie was at when writing the entries What I didn t know at the time was the people who created the text book I used felt it was okay to chop whole chapters out of the middle of the book They felt pulling out whole sections was okay in the name of protecting children from bad concepts like sex, alcohol, and violence They didn t consider that perhaps leaving the story intact and waiting for the children to mature before handing them this story was a better route.
I discovered this injustice when I was in a used bookstore, and remembered this story I read in class I enjoyed, so I dug up a copy and bought it When I got home, I jumped right in and started to reread it, only to get a shock in the middle of the book where suddenly there were whole chapters about this neighbor Charlie gets involved with that I didn t remember When I reread the book recently, there were things that I realized would have been chopped out of a version intended for 8th grade students to read, and I just hadn t noticed as much the first time reading the complete copy because they were tucked in with the mundane things towards the beginning of Charlies developments.
All ranting aside, I find this book to be a fascinating look at human nature, personality and development It s well written, and does a good job placing you into Charlie s head as he goes up and down through this experiment If you read it in school like I first did, do yourself a favor and buy or borrow a complete copy of the book to read The lessons learned by all characters in the book certainly give you lots of think about your own behavior and that of others.
EDIT There have been a few comments pointing out that the story was a short story first, likely the version I read in my school textbook, that was later expanded into the novel I only wanted to add this note to my review, as it seems some people comment without reading the other comments left, so I m seeing both comments informing me of this fact and comments of outrage that the book was censored.
When Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man, undergoes an experiment to increase his intelligence, his life changes in ways he never imagined But will the intelligence increase be permanent.
I first became aware of Flowers for Algernon when it was mentioned in an episode of Newsradio I forgot about it until that episode of The Simpsons inspired by it, when it was discovered Homer had a crayon lodged in his brain I d mostly forgotten about it again until it popped up for ninety nine cents in one of my BookGorilla emails.
Flowers for Algernon is one of those stories I wish I would have read years earlier It s simply marvelous It s about the nature of intelligence and how intelligence can be divisive It s a very emotional book.
Personally, this was a very powerful book for me For a lot of my time in school, I was way ahead of the curve and didn t really click with other kids As Charlie s intelligence grew, eventually surpassing even the scientists that experimented on him, his feelings of isolation increased and I felt a lot of kinship toward Charlie His difficulties fitting in were the cherry on top of the loneliness sundae.
As Charlie s intelligence grew and he comprehended things from his past, it was hard not to feel sorry for him Once he starts sliding backward, the book keeps getting and sad Keyes doesn t mind kicking you in the emotional junk, that s for sure.
I love the way the book is written in periodic progress reports from Charlie It s perfect vehicle to show his increase in intelligence and eventual decline There were man tears shed over the course of the book I had to set the book down a few times to keep from sobbing in my cube.
Flowers for Algernon is one of those rare science fiction novels that transcends the genre Five out of five stars.
The Story Of A Mentally Disabled Man Whose Experimental Quest For Intelligence Mirrors That Of Algernon, An Extraordinary Lab Mouse In 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 While this is clearly speculative fiction, the point of Flowers for Algernon isn t the technology that lets Charlie become intelligent but rather how people react to him, both before and afterwards, as his perceptions of the world change This is, in part, a sharp rebuke of the way that the mentally retarded are treated, but there are also interesting explorations of identity, friendship, and the results of revisiting one s past There are several wonderfully memorable characters, particularly the free living artist living next door.
The journal technique is quite effective in bringing the reader into the story and conveying Charlie s intelligence level, using spelling and grammar as superficial clues and the sophistication of Charlie s observations as a deeper clue to his current intelligence level Over the course of the book, the writing slowly becomes sophisticated, in tune with the underlying thoughts I liked the balance between first person immediacy and thoughtful retrospective that the format of a journal entry at the end of each day or two provides.
The reader s growing ability to understand Charlie and Charlie s attempts to understand himself touch on the exploration of alienness and human reactions to it that underpin so many great science fiction stories Highly recommended.
what a great read I sort of feel like it was too simple, but still an enjoyable enough book.