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Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes

Date Completed: February 8th, 2006

I have read this one many times, and it remains one of my favorite books. I hadn't read it since I was a teenager, so I was interested to see if it was as good as I remembered. I still love this book, even if it is a bit sad! The story is told through progress reports of Charlie Gordon, a man with an extremely low I.Q. who wants to be smart. He undergoes an experimental operation, and his progress can be seen throughout the novel. I am still impressed by the way that the novel is written and demonstrates the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) progress of the character as he experiences it himself. The book can be used as a springboard for discussion on acceptance, disabilities, tolerance, medical ethics, and more. I highly recommend it to anyone who has never read it.

Other books that Kerry read as a kid:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
  • The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" by C. S. Lewis
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis