Book Review: Flowers for Algernon

Guess who’s back with another book review, this time its Flowers for Algernon.

Wow, where do I start?

First things first, here’s a short synopsis about Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

This is a short sci-fi novel written as a series of progress reports by the protagonist, Charlie Gordon who is mentally disabled. Another big character in this book is the mouse who undergoes neurosurgery to become smarter, Algernon. The success in the experiment with Algernon leads to scientists using Charlie Gordon as the first human test subject for this experiment. We then see Charlie Gordon’s growth as a person after the surgery.

Not so credible review by me

I thought this book was amazing. Keyes really portrayed what it meant to be human and brought about so many points that we ourselves as able-bodied humans never noticed. The language was simple and easy to understand even though written in “mishmash English”. Start to end I was hooked and it was easy to get into. Which for me, is the hardest part of reading a novel.

From social, moral issues to love to self-discovery. Flowers for Algernon covers it all. Emotionally I could relate to what Charlie Gordon felt at certain parts of the book.

After finishing the story, it just really made me think about what it truly means to be “smart”.

BUT OK, I know many people who don’t want to read too much into meanings and just want to read. Trust me, it’s a good read even for lazy readers(which I am the world’s number 1¬†laziest reader), since it’s in the style of chronological progress reports, it’s easy to follow even if you started the book but forgot about it.

Book Rating: 9/10

  • good for a quick read
  • good for lazy readers
  • anyone and everyone can enjoy this book¬† (above 16y/o due to some hidden themes)
  • I wouldn’t say its a happy, lighthearted book so may not be your cup of tea if you’re having a great day

For more about the book, check out the Wikipedia link

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