Flowers for Algernon

Holy crap, I’m dying. If you have not read Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, run out and get a copy right now.

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I’ve always been fascinated with the way our brains work, with mental handicaps, illness, psychology, etc. If I were smarter and more focused, I would have gone into that field. I settle for reading as many books about it as I can.

I think, although it is a very vague memory now, that we read this in middle school. I was thinking about it the other day when I was going through the list for one of the challenges I’m doing, and I was glad when my local library had it available.

This is a story of a man with a lifelong mental handicap, who undergoes an experimental operation in hopes that it will increase his intelligence. The book is written in journal form, “Progress Reports,” for the experiment.

Try not to fall in love with Charlie. I dare you. Be prepared to cry, and have a book-throwing reaction worse than TFIOS. I guarantee it.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Teaser:

“The mistake doesn’t necessarily mean anything serious. It’s just that things are not as definite as Nemur believed.”

–Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

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I’m quickly coming to the conclusion with this challenge that I just need to buy more books. Yesterday I needed The Great Gatsby, today I need Flowers for Algernon. And I don’t have the book I want for tomorrow either! I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with the size of my library.

Books about flowers…books with flowers…I scanned my shelves last night and OH! A book with flowers on the spine! Perfect! And then…I pulled the book off the shelf and laughed.

I give you, “The Book with Flowers on the Spine”:

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I reeeeeeeeeeeally want to read this now, just to find out what in the WORLD it is about. It’s very Hannibalistic, is it not? Looks like a scene out of NBC’s finale.

UGH. We are NOT talking about that finale.