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June 26, 2018


Flowers for Algernon

by N@ncy


Finished: 25.06.2018
Genre: novel
Rating: C-


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.

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