Why this book?
I came across this science fiction book since my children studied it in Junior High school in Canada. The protagonist in the story is a young man, 32-year-old Charlie Gordon who has a low IQ. The setting of the story is New York City in the USA in the 1960s. Charlie has battled disability since his childhood and yearns to be smart. Having observed discrimination towards people with disabilities, I was curious to find out what happens if we increase human intelligence artificially. What piqued my interest were the letters Charlie wrote. Upon reading the book, the message that resonated with me was that humanity is not measured by how smart we are, but by our kindness, love, and interaction with other people.
Flowers For Algernon
Why should I read it?
6 authors picked Flowers For Algernon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Charlie Gordon, a retarded adult, undergoes a brain operation which dramatically increases his intelligence.
Charlie becomes a genius. But can he cope emotionally? Can he develop relationships?
And how do the psychiatrists and psychologists view Charlie-as a man or as the subject of an experiment like the mouse Algernon?
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