Thursday, December 17, 2015

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.
Title: Flowers for Algernon
Series: ----
Author: Daniel Keyes
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 321
Format: Kindle

Charlie, a mentally retarded man, volunteers for an experimental surgery to boost his intelligence.
We follow his journey from beginning to end through a series of journal entries by Charlie himself.

My Thoughts:
ALL THE FEELZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!   I knew this followed the up and then down of Charlie and knew the ending but I have to admit, I was not prepared for how this hit me emotionally.
It was heartbreaking to read about Charlie and his "friends" at the bakery and to realize, before Charlie did, just what kind of "friends" they actually were.

To read about his burgeoning intelligence and to see his happiness and positive attitude melting before my eyes was like a kick in the gut, over and over and over again. I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put this down and I while I knew the ending, I had to see for myself. There was a time or two where I just put my kindle down  and hunched up for a minute or so to let the storm pass through.

By the time we came to his downward slide, it wasn't as bad, mainly because Charlie didn't realize how bad it was. Keyes does a great job of showing the reality without either being crass or gross or simplistic.

All in all, I am glad I hadn't read this earlier in life. I probably wouldn't have appreciated it and simply shrugged it off. But I am very glad I have read it now and have to admit, this is also in the running for best book of 2015. It hit me that hard.


  1. I read this many eons ago, but some things we never forget. Still one of the best SF works ever written. "Thank God for books and music and things I can think about."

    1. I'm not a huge music fan but at times I do need a couple hours of Enya running in the background to just provide an air of calm in the house when I'm all un-calm [ha] on the inside.