Flowers for Algernon
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I thought this book was pretty good, but it was very sad, disturbing. I'm glad I finally read it.
Mentally retarded Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius but only temporarily.
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Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.
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"Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction story written by Daniel Keyes. It was originally published as a novelette in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, winning a Hugo award for Best Short Fiction in 1960. It was later extended into a full-length novel by the same name, which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966."
"In January 1970, the school board of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, as well as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, banned the novel-length expansion of Flowers from the local grade-nine curriculum and the school library, after a parent complained that it was "filthy and immoral". The president of the BC Teachers' Federation criticized the action. Flowers was part of the BC Department of Education list of approved books for grade nine and was recommended by the BC Secondary Association of Teachers of English. A month later, the board reconsidered and returned the book to the library; they did not, however, lift its ban from the curriculum. It should be noted that whereas the full novel does contain material about the character's personal life (that is, flashbacks of experiences of puberty that may be objectionable to many people), the original short story is squeaky clean in this regard."
Do you know what you know? What about what you knew, will you know it or can you stop knowing it? How do you know how much you know and how much you don't know. And can you know more than you know? You know what I mean?
Anyway, just to say I really enjoyed it and recommend it.
Thanks Bibliocrates! Will send it to Drusillamac on Monday morning.
Charlie, a mentally 'retarded' adult, is chosed to take part in an experiment. His brain will be operated on in an attempt to make him smarter. The experiment works but just a little too well. You'll have to read the rest to find out :-)
The ending made me rather sad when you realise what is going to happen to Charlie. Would you rather have a taste of such knowledge and forget it all? 'Smart' Charlie visits a home for mentally disabled adults and sees his potential future. If you knew life was going to take you down that path would you take it? An interesting book which throws up some questions in regards to psychology and ethics.
This book will be moving on once I have an address from Breeze144.
I'll be passing this along to AceofHearts when I see her on October 1st!
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Handed over to Aceofhearts at the meet-up today!
I found the ending hard as I felt such empathy for Charlie
The book, however, I did like.
Posted off yesterday to ajsmom. sorry i took so long!
The problem for me was the writing style - I just didn't feel like it was all that well written! Has anybody else read anything by Keyes, or was this his one big hit?
Thanks for the ring, Bibliocrates. I have pm'd paixful and will hopefully have this travelling next week.
PM'd paixful on Jan. 20 and Jan. 22. No word back, so PM'd minerva1221 on Jan. 24. 2 more days and I will PM star11-80.
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Sent to minerva1221 today.
This was a fantastic story and I am so glad I've finally had the opportunity to read it. I think this is one of those books that sticks with you and it has easily become one of my favorites! Thank you, Bibiliocrates, for this great ring!
I've PM'd star11-80 for address to send it on.
This has been on my list of "should reads" for a while, so I was excited to join this bookring. I agree with ajsmom, thoguh, that this wasn't as well written as it could have been, but the premise was definitely interesting. As much as it may have seemed like science-fiction when it first was published, I wouldn't doubt that experiments similar to this may be going on behind closed doors today. (I mean, do we really need a sheep that is 15% human?)
I think Charlie was a very strong character and sympathetic, despite some obvious flaws. He knew what his future could hold, but he didn't take the easy way out. He knew the importance of what he was experiencing right up till the end.
I PM'd AmaniS the day I finished the book and never heard back, so I am going to move down the list to boirina. I will have the book in the mail as soon as I hear back.
Thanks for the bookring!
Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks for sharing it with us, Bibliocrates. :)
It's really sad what this says about our human relations - are we really mean and cruel to the handicapped? Do we really act better than another because we're of higher intellegence? Do we really need to "fix" people that aren't like us? Why do we try so hard to assimilate everyone??
Very intersting, and very sad. Waiting for reply from Bibliocrates to send it back home.
This was my very first ring and I am so glad it was a success! I hope everyone that read the book enjoyed it. I thank you all for participating! I may give it another read and then RABCK it to someone.
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Update 4/1/10: SIL gave DS a copy of this recently for his literature class, so I'll be looking for someone to rabck this to, and will have it moving again shortly so it can continue it's illustrious travels. Thanks so much for sharing it with me, Bibliocrates...it was nice to revisit this one again after so many years.
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A surprise wishlist rabck for valpete. Enjoy, my friend!
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