Review: Flowers for Algernon

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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful book. To me, this is the essence of science fiction. It has nothing to do with space ships and aliens and planets and advanced technology. True science fiction is the literary treatment of a simple question: what if? This what-if is, I find it strange to realize, extremely under-used. The idea of a scientist taking a mentally retarded person and imbuing him with a “normal” intelligence in order to “cure” him of the affliction keeping him from living life to the fullest, that’s a beautiful social scientific what-if. I love the movie Phenomenon. And of course, going back in time a bit, there are quite a few references to Frankenstein, Faust, and even the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden. This book, while staying true to those mythic symbols, modernizes and personalizes the story.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.