Author: Daniel Keys
Reviewer: Crystal Wallace, Administrative Support Specialist, University Scholars Program, NC State University
Flowers for Algernon, written by Daniel Keys, is an intimate novel about a mentally disabled man, Charlie, who undergoes surgery meant to turn him into a genius. I thoroughly enjoyed the journal format of the novel, as it gave incredible insight to what Charlie experienced during his transformation. By the end of the novel, I really felt as if I had read the private writings of a man who was struggling to come to terms with whether happiness could be obtained through intelligence, or if he was truly happy when he knew nothing at all. It is a beautifully written, and very believable, story that I would recommend to anyone looking for something outside of the norm.