Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman's narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.
©1966 Daniel Keyes; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
Excellent story, very original and entertaining. Invokes many emotions with a strong moral that will most definitely keep you thinking and stay with you long after you've finished. Well worth the credit.
I enjoyed this book, it's very descriptive. The author uses some outdated stereotypes about disabled people, which is difficult to overlook. But for it's time, this book is a really poignant story told from the perspective of a disabled person.
I remember this book from years past but listening to it again brought back to mind what a heartfelt& meaningful book it is - it never gets too old!
The narrator did a great job with Charlie's progression and regression. I had no idea what the story was about when I started. It has an interesting concept of exploring what would happen if someone rapidly gained IQ from well below average and then lost it all again.
The story reflects the mid-20th century view of women as not much more than accessories for men. Charlie spends and uncomfortable (for me at least) about of time coping with his sexual hang ups.
Overall, I can understand why it's a classic, and I appreciate the ethical questions it raises and explores.
First off, I just have to say the narrator was amazing. Charlie's character is so complex and the narrator did a phenomenal job throughout the entire book.
As for the story, it's a beautiful and sad one. I don't think there is a moment in the entire book where it doesn't make you reflect on your own life.
I read this book in middle school a long long time ago. I didn't really remember the details, just the basics and I remembered how sad it made me. It really messed me up as a 12 year old. So I wanted to see what it would be like as an adult all these years later. Still messed me up. I still cried. And though the story is almost 60 years old now, everything presented is still relevant. I love it. It will change the way you think about everything. What you have and what you don't have, and what it means to be human.
I had high expectations from this book seeing it was on many, many lists of "books that make you cry". For me, it would be on the list of "books that make me roll my eyes". The book goes on and on, exploring the same themes over and over again. And subtlety? It is as if the author has never heard of the word. Think of the hollywood tear jerkers with screeching background score and piling on hardships, absolutely intent on making you cry and that's what you have here in a book form. And to top it all off, you get a free spirited artist living in NY who likes to walk around in her underwear. What a cliche!
What this book needed was ruthless editing. I read that this was first a short story and only later developed into a novel. I think the short story would definitely have worked better.
I don't want to take away anything from the narration. If you already love the book, you will find that the narrator was quite good. It is the book I've a problem with.
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