Flowers for Algernon
- Author: D. Keyes
- Title: Flowers for Algernon
- List of Challenges 2018
- Monthly reading plan
The only word that best describes this book is gray.
pg 156 – gray and drizzly and that may account for the depression that grips me.
pg 162 – feeling of cold grayness was everywhere around me…sense of resignation.
pg 204 – I was floating…not clear and sharp but with a gray film over everything.
pg 206 – the gray murk lifted from my mind.
Strong point: Keyes plunges the reader into Charly’s inner struggle with first person point of view. Charly faces a long and grueling process (mentally challenged –> high IQ) in which he was constantly being treated like a lab experiment. Keyes also deals with Charly’s feeling on loneliness and lack or respect.
IMO: The praise given to this book could be 70% due to this heart wrenching journal of a mentally challenged man Charly Gordon that captivates readers.
Weak point: I found the writing dishwater gray.