Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes
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Flowers for Algernon

Sable Aradia

Read for the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge and Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club here on Goodreads, and also for the 12 Awards in 12 Months Challenge.

This novel won both the Hugo (1967) and Nebula (1966) Awards for Best Novel.

Did you read this novella in school? (There's both a novella and a novel version). I remember it keenly as part of the curriculum, and it made a huge impression on me. In addition to being a fantastic science fiction tale that was part of the curriculum (something that made me jump for joy as a child,) its intensity left lasting marks. I learned so many things: how endings aren't always happy, how people are sometimes cruel and there's not much you can do about it, and how it's important to treat everyone with dignity and respect. I took that lesson to heart and have never forgotten it. It has shaped much of my choice in actions and behaviour and, indeed, my personal ethics.

Read the rest of this review at my blog, because there's not enough room to post it here.