Welcome to Day 10 of my 2020 Book Spotlight Countdown! For more information about this series, please read my introductory post here. Today, I’m celebrating Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes!
15th of 2020
A groundbreaking experiment to raise IQ sees Charlie Gordon’s IQ go from far below average to one of the highest in the world. The experiment appears to be a success. Charlie goes from strength to strength, far surpassing the predictions of the scientists. But when the proto-subject, a white rate named Algernon, starts to deteriorate, Charlie realises the clock is ticking. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and gripping, Flowers for Algernon challenges ideas of intelligence leading to happiness.
If you liked Of Mice and Men, 1984 or 1950-60s science fiction (Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke), give this one a go.