‘Flowers For Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes

‘People, Character and Intelligence’
Score: 5/5

Daniel Keyes

This is an old ‘classic’ science fiction book that I hadn’t read until now. I can see why it’s a classic – it tries to explore current thinking and culture by using science fiction, rather than just being a regular story but with Space Aliens instead of some other enemy.

The narration is a little odd and takes some getting used to. It’s all in the form of journal entries. This doesn’t interfere with story – at times it’s written more as a ‘first-person past tense’ telling of events than what you’d expect in a journal. Transitions felt pretty seamless.

Transitions is a good word to describe a lot of what goes on in the book.

I’m not sure how well this will transition to film, but I may hunt down ‘Charly’ or the more recent ‘Flowers For Algernon’ to see what the filmmakers made of it all.

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