• Flowers for Algernon

     
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    Day 5: I finished my first book of the year!

    My resolution for 2017 is to read more, minimum 50 books. I thoroughly enjoy reading and for some reason or other last year I hardly had a chance to just sit down and delve into the pages of a book. If you want to know more about the first book I chose to read this year, below is my opinion/review on Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

    Book 1: Flowers for Algernon | Reading time: ≈ 12 hours

    WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW

    I knew it was a good book when I didn’t want to go to work just so I wouldn’t have to stop reading this book. It was a page-turner for me; I read it within the spam of two days. When I first heard about the premise of the book I was very interested to know how the character became smarter. I knew it was a fictional book but I thought maybe it would teach me a habit or two about how to go about gaining a higher IQ. I was disappointed to find out that it was through a surgery how he gained so much knowledge.

    Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading Charlie’s journey through his progress reports. It’s just one of those books that makes you think about life you know. You hear all your life you have to go to school but what do you really gain with knowledge? I love how it was compared to Adam and Eve that knowledge comes with a price. To see life with clarity means you see things for what they really are. 

    A Band-Aid was pulled from Charlie’s eyes when he found out the people he thought were his friends just wanted to be around him to mock him, ignorance is bliss indeed. It was heartbreaking to read, Charlie was never happy during his transformation as he was when he started with a low IQ. His loving personality, humanity and dignity disappeared and he became lonely and isolated.

    I have to be honest, I cried at the end. I cried when he went to see his mom and sister, and also with the very last sentence. If I don’t cry when I read a book or feel any kind of emotion than I don’t consider it a good book so I really enjoyed the range of emotions this book made me feel.

    In the end it doesn’t matter what you knew or how smart you were, what matters is how you treated people and how they cared for you. Life is about interaction and compassion.

    How do we decide the value of a person? Read the book to find out!
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