Book Title Flowers for Algernon

Author Daniel Keyes

Genre Sci-Fi

This story is not your usual Sci-Fi, don’t come here expecting laser-gun fights or spaceship broadsides. It is however, probably one of the best books you will read this year if you haven’t already.

 Flowers for Algernon

Language and storytelling

This story is written in an epistolary fashion and is immersive in a bar-setting sort of way, often out of the reaches of more conventional storytelling methods. Of course not all epistolary novels are made equally, many fall far short of this lofty praise – this one is good because it works, not because of the gimmick.

I picked this book up on a whim at 9pm one night, and found it was finished by the morning and I was only going to be allowed a couple of hours sleep before work. It follows an experimental procedure on a loveable character that you cannot help but feel for.

Worst bits?

There is something in my eye. Must be. The thing keeps leaking!

Best bits?

As someone with an interest in science, there were parts of this novel that made me squee with joy. Not that it’s a necessary requirement to be so inclined to enjoy this novel, just the few gems in here that give a nod for scientific method were gratifying. There are also some excellent references to earlier parts of the book that the more in-depth and perceptive reader will notice later on, and they will bring a smile as well.

Memorable quotes

“Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”

“I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.”

“Punctuation, is? fun!”

Additional information

You can see its meta-scoring and add it to your goodreads to-read shelf here at Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon.