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What the community says about Flowers for Algernon
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- "This is a book that, even over the stories different iterations has been an award winner time and time again. It is an extremely emotional tale, which although can be heavy at times, is a very rewarding read. It is hard to rate individual novels as "Best" given such broad categories, but I think I would have to agree with that Flowers for Algernon is a literary masterpiece worthy of owning."
- "Flowers for Algernon is a very sweet and sad story about a slow-witted man who allows himself to have his intelligence improved by science. It's a book that's been popular for 50 years and is still pleasing its readers. I saw the movie when I was growing up and liked it a lot."
- "Flowers of Algernon is a powerful read with themes relating to disabilities and personal limitations. There are some problems in life that are so big that people choose to ignore them but this story faces them head on in a way that is sure to leave an impression. I’m glad I took the time to read it."
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- "This is a moving book that I would highly recommend. It has been made into a movie but even if you have seen the film, the book is an excellent read. Amazon has a great price for the book. I would encourage anyone 14 and up to read this book. Great for teens and adults alike."
- "FYI this book has been banned to be taught in schools due to its sexual content. But i read the book when i was in my teens and i liked it even its ending although it is heartbreaking. I do believe that this book is very complex for even high-level students eh. "
- "Get your tissue box ready, because this one's a tear jerker. You will go from happy, to sad, to angry, to uplifted all in the space of this book. It's a classic, well worth the read. However, it has nothing to do with INTJ physological traits. For that, I'd recommend your friendly Google search for Myers-Briggs. "
- "This is a book that will have you thinking. Those that are striving to be something or someone else will relate to the question of whether or not achieving to be something more will make them happy. Well written and easy to read, great for all ages."
- "It's sad how underrated Flowers for Algernon seems these days, what with our ever increasing endeavors into gene splicing. Soon, we'll be able to make even millenials somewhat intelligent, and then, what about the consequences? Can it take? All the answers have already been trod out in the 70s. I keep this book by my nightstand to remind me of the perils of arrogance, and also to occasionally kill any mice that escape the traps in the kitchen."
- "Flowers for Algernon is an incredibly important novel about what it means to be one's self. Reading the story about a man going through such a mental change illustrates the change in his idea of self and his perspective and ultimate dissatisfaction with the world around him. Is it the world that he rejects or is it his own intelligence? Is the world really bad or is he just an unreliable narrator. The reader is taken on a ride with him. Buckle in!""This book is an amazing journey of a man who partakes in an experiment based on mental function. The novel displays Charlie's realization of his rapidly evolving understanding for his past and present. It definitely makes you wonder if this can be taken at face value, or if there's something more to the progress. "
- "This book is definitely a controversial read that's been banned or challenged all over the US but a very worthwhile one. It's heartbreaking reading about Charlie's journey to an increasingly higher intellect, which brings many problems of its own. The book hits you hard emotionally and really makes you think. I even cried at times. A great book."
- "The best book with mentally ill characters is Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes. Charlie is a mentally challenged young man with a low IQ that agrees to an experimental brain operation that increases his intelligence to genius level. But it is a bittersweet tale that reveals human cruelty and heartache as the reader witnesses the eventual deterioration."
- "Everyone should read this book. It is, in itself, a very good science fiction story with an interesting premise. But more importantly, it can offer perspective on alternative situations and is actually deeply sad. This was one of the first books I remember really enjoying in elementary school and it still holds up decades later."