Flowers For Algernon

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You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Photos Add Image. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Matthew Modine Charlie Gordon Kelli Williams Rose Ron Rifkin Jonah Strauss Cameron Bowen Young Charlie Gloria Slade Faye Cliff Saunders Mike Kathryn Kirkpatrick Bernice David McFarlane Lester Ronit Cohen Francine Philip Kowalik Edit Storyline Charlie Gordon is mentally handicapped and all he wants in life is to be a genius.

Taglines: Last month, Charlie Gordon couldn't read. Now he's quoting Shakespeare. Can the medical miracle that changed his life help him understand the meaning of love?

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Sound Mix: Stereo. Like all classic science fiction, it seems to transcend the limitations of the genre. It explores universal human themes such as the nature of intelligence, the nature of emotion, and how the two interact with each other.

Even the intelligence-enhancing surgery is not detailed, except for brief mentions of the workings of the brain, and the rare genetic condition phenylketonuria, to add authenticity to the enhanced intellectual capabilities of the narrator.

The story is told from the point of view of a thirty-two-year-old man, who has been assessed as having an IQ of He writes that he, "reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me … all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb".

His teacher Alice Kinnian, who works at the "Beekman College Centre for Retarded Adults", recognises his strong motivation and desire to learn.

She has put him forward as a potential candidate to undergo experimental surgery designed to boost his intelligence.

A team of University researchers have already performed the experiment successfully on the lab mouse Algernon.

Charlie has a number of tests, including a comparison with Algernon to indicate how quickly he can solve a maze. This part of the book sets the tone for the gentle humour which is to follow.

Charlie reports the tests with perfect childlike clarity and literal incomprehension. He has no imagination; no ability to invent.

The directors of the experiment, Dr. Charlie is excited and optimistic, despite the scientists' caution, "You know Charlie we are not shure how this experamint will werk on pepul because we only tried it up to now on animils.

It is a brilliantly inspired device on the part of Daniel Keyes. Charlie's teacher Alice continues to help him improve his spelling and grammar, and he determinedly reads adult books, filling his brain with knowledge from a wide range of academic fields.

His progress is slow at first, but his comprehension accelerates as he devours his reading, delighting in his new-found knowledge and understanding, "This is beauty, love, and truth all rolled into one.

This is joy. It becomes clear that the owner of the bakery is being kind to Charlie in keeping him in work, and that it has really been an act of charity.

His co-workers however frequently make fun of and mock him. Charlie, on the other hand, has always viewed them as his true friends.

The realisation that what he thought of as shared jokes are taunts, and that he is a laughing stock, is very hurtful to him.

We feel his pain through his faithful record, "I never knew before that Joe and Frank and the others liked to have me around just to make fun of me.

Now I know what they mean when they say 'to pull a Charlie Gordon'. I'm ashamed. Strauss's observation, "The more intelligent you get the more problems you'll have Charlie.

But the surgery on him is a secret. And because his emotional development cannot keep pace with his astonishing mental feats, he does not realise that he is now alienated from the other workers, Frank and Joe, and Gimpy, the head baker, who has a club foot.

They cannot understand the changes and are disturbed by the sudden change in him. They begin to fear him. Charlie on the other hand is learning all the time and pleased at his new challenges in interacting with other people.

One event produces a moral dilemma, which he attempts to solve, but which eventually leads to him losing his job. Alice recognises that he needs to develop and experience moral quandries for himself, and tells him to trust his heart.

This is an everyday moral dilemma, but one which has no easy or right answer. Ironic that all my intelligence doesn't help me solve a problem like this.

As he develops, his personality changes. Thrilled at first to learn, he begins to be alternately angry and embarrassed when he remembers what he sees as his earlier foolish self.

He also begins to remember his early childhood, and we learn all about his parents, Rose and Matt Gordon. His mother's overriding concern was to "Be smart" and keep up appearances.

As Charlie and the reader learns more, we begin to realise that Charlie's childhood was not the happy dream that he had envisaged. As his brain becomes more incisive, Charlie learns sarcasm, suspicion, and resentment.

His faith in the people around him begins to crumble, "Now I understand that one of the reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you've believed in all your life aren't true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.

I don't know what I know any more. Distracted, he panics and his mind dissociates. Charlie is confused about the origin of this, but the reader understands that it is a deep-seated memory of Rose punishing and beating him for any slight sexual impulses, resulting in the shame he still feels.

In this and other ways, the past persists in the present. For instance, he remembers long ago watching through a window in his apartment, as other children played.

Later, with his enhanced intelligence, he feels as if the old Charlie is watching him through a window. The window seems to represent an emotional distance: a barrier to normal society, which the mentally disabled Charlie cannot cross.

Later, he is just as distanced from his former self as the children he used to watch playing had been. Once he sees the other Charlie face-to-face in a mirror, a glimpse of his other self: a very frightening experience.

Delighted with Charlie's progress, Dr. But Charlie has reservations, "How different they seem now. And how foolish I was ever to have thought that professors were intellectual giants.

They're people - and afraid the rest of the world will find out. I'm a person I was a person before the operation. In case you forgot. Strauss has always been concerned with his psychological health, but Charlie feels that Nemur treats him like just another lab animal.

He catches Algernon and flees back to New York with Algernon, intent on getting his own apartment, where the scientists cannot find him.

He feels a kinship with Aldernon, and realises that Algernon is a good predictor of his own future. His "cage" may be symbolic, but he is no less trapped.

Like Algernon, he is allowed no dignity and no individuality. When he frees Algernon from his cage and decides to abandon the laboratory, the reader cheers, and recognises that this is the beginning of Charlie's emotional independence.

He now knows that it is very likely that his intelligence gain will only be temporary, and works on a possible solution. He forms a liaison with his neighbour, Fay Lillman, who is an attractive, free-living bohemian artist.

Charlie does not tell Fay anything about his past, and although he is still in love with Alice, he has a sexual relationship with Fay, by ignoring his "other self".

Charlie realises that he has an unsatisfied longing to meet his parents and sister, and manages to track them down. He remembers that his mother sent him away, but wants to make contact, come to terms with, and see if he can somehow resolve these issues.

He has already begun to fear a regression to his previous level of intelligence, and has developed a sensitivity to the idea of things being left too late.

I cannot control it completely, but sometimes when I'm busy reading or working on a problem, I get a feeling of intense clarity. I know it's some kind of subconsious warning system.

However Rose's overwhelming desire to be what she perceives as normal, and her denial of reality, has now developed into dementia.

Sometimes she thinks Charlie is a stranger, sometimes, like Norma, she is proud of his recent accomplishments. At other times the old irrational fear returns, and she once again thinks that he has come back to molest Norma.

In a harrowing episode Rose tries to kill Charlie with a butcher's knife: another reminder of the past's pervasive influence on the present.

It helps Charlie to understand the multilayered facts of human psychology, but despite Norma's pleas, he feels he has to retreat from their lives.

Charlie tracks his father down, and discovers that Matt, now freed from Rose's irrational fantasies, has realised his dream of owning his own little barber's shop.

But there is an inner sadness about Matt. Charlie comes very close to revealing who he is, but again realises that he can do nothing for his family, "I wasn't his son.

That was another Charlie. Intelligence and knowledge had changed me and he would resent me - as the others from the bakery resented me - because my growth had diminished him.

His behaviour becomes erratic, and he feels that there is nothing left for him but his work for the research laboratory. Charlie becomes totally committed to his work, to the point of obsession.

Of course it also confirms to both him and us, that despite the operation, his intelligence will fade as quickly as it has come.

Alice's feelings of guilt at her part in Charlie's situation mean that she desperately wants to care for him, and they do have a brief liaison, but as Charlie regresses further, he sends her away.

Eventually he returns to his old job at the bakery, where everyone now knows his story. They are kind to him and welcome him back. Charlie's journal for the final parts of the story mirrors his crumbling intellect.

Having planned for this time, he cuts himself off from all those who know and care for him, and voluntarily goes into the Warren State Home for disabled adults, knowing that his end is near.

Charlie's story reveals that all the attitudes towards his early self were rooted in feelings of superiority. Some were cruel, some were kind; but nearly all were condescending.

Anyone can feel intelligent beside a moron. Yet even here there are nuances. In one episode Charlie takes people to task for making fun of a mentally disabled boy in a restaurant.

But later, horrified by the blank faces of the mentally disabled people he encounters when visiting the Warren Street home, he displays the same feelings.

Is this because he does not want to accept that he was once like them and may soon be like them again? Or is it a latent tendency he has inherited from his mother?

How much does society demand that we conform to its ideas of normality? There is much in the book which explores the apparent conflict between the intellect and the emotion.

The early Charlie is trusting and friendly with a good heart. But as his intelligence increases he becomes distant and detached, and sometimes arrogant.

At one point he even says that his genius has erased his love for Alice. But Professor Nemur is not a good role model for Charlie.

These two factors have made Charlie view the "scientific method" as being the only way to approach life, and he approaches his emotional problems in a scientific manner.

The two emotional extremes are represented by Professor Nemur and Charlie's free-spirited neighbour Fay.

Professor Nemur is highly intelligent, but lacks any humour or friends. Strauss is more empathic - but it is Fay who is an embodiment of the opposite extreme.

She is ruled entirely by her feelings, acting both foolishly and illogically. Alice however represents human warmth and kindness.

She never believes that a disability makes anyone a lesser human, but takes genuine satisfaction from helping people.

Charlie employs the scientific method throughout his intelligence-boosted phase. It is all he has seen, and becomes his guiding principle. But when he becomes aware that in order to further his research, he is manipulating other people - especially Alice - and treating them like laboratory rats, he begins to deplore what he is doing.

His highest level of emotional development is when he becomes aware of the dangers of dehumanisation which accompany the scientific pursuit of knowledge.

Twinned with this is his determination to go on living as long as he can, keeping on with his progress reports, in order to pass on his unique knowledge to humanity.

His miraculous experience has given him a new perspective on life. Flowers For Algernon dates from , as an acclaimed short story in a magazine, winning the Hugo award for best short story a year later.

It has been successfully adapted for television in both and In the film "Charly" , won an Oscar, and its star an Academy Award. It was even adapted as a Broadway musical in To expand a short story into a masterly novel such as this does not often succeed.

Far too often the reader can see the "cracks" and realise which parts have been artificially padded out. Flowers For Algernon 's popularity alone proves that this is not the case here.

Daniel Keyes has taken his promising initial idea, and developed it into a perfectly balanced and satisfying novel. The best science fiction has the potential to explore various philosophical ideas to do with ethics and responsibility.

The author has chosen this scenario to explore the extremes of human nature, by imagining an altered version of the world, peopled with realistic characters, in a realistic environment.

His genius lies in creating a work which appeals both to the people who are usually indifferent to science fiction, and also to those who love it.

The blurb on the cover of my copy says, "The story of a young man's quest for intelligence and knowledge. Charlie Gordon will break your heart.

The story of Charlie Gordon did indeed break my heart. PS please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.

View all 38 comments. Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book about how raw intelligence can be both a gift and a curse.

The protagonist, Charlie Gordon, has his IQ increased via a surgical procedure from that of a barely functional mentally retarded person to superhuman intelligence and writes the book in first person based on his experience.

The procedure was first tried on lab mouse Algernon who the protagonist befriends and who is a litmus test of what he experiences.

The maturity of the writing improves as he b Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book about how raw intelligence can be both a gift and a curse.

The maturity of the writing improves as he becomes smarter and smarter. However, spoiler alert but then why would anyone read a book that left the story there?

Now, can Charlie discover a cure and maintain the enhanced smarts? Does he want to? Is he condemned to go full circle and lose all his self-awareness?

These questions are tackled throughout the book and make for great reading. This theme has since been addressed in sci fi I read "Understand" by Ted Chiang this week on the same idea , but Keyes' treatment of it is both moving and insightful and a great read.

How do you feel about this inevitable new field of neuroscience? Let me know in the comments. View all 17 comments.

Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes.

The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

View 2 comments. Greenwich Village is like that too. Not just being close - because I don't feel it in a crowded elevator or on the subway during the rush - but on a hot night when everyone is out walking, or sitting in the theater, there is a rustling, and for a moment I brush against someone and sense the connection between the branch and trunk and the deep root.

At such moments my flesh is thin and tight, and the unbear "The walls between people are thin here, and if I listen quietly, I hear what is going on.

At such moments my flesh is thin and tight, and the unbearable hunger to be part of it drives me out to search in the dark corners and blind alleys of the night.

I've had it on my list to read for quite some time, not because I thought it would be fantastic, but because I thought to myself that here is a book almost everyone has read and somehow I have not.

Well, having finished this masterpiece, I have to say wow! So thought-provoking and almost emotionally overwhelming, I really felt this novel speaking to me about love, humanity, and our purpose and place in the world.

Categorized as "young adult" and "science fiction", Flowers for Algernon is most certainly not just for the young adult and is not a science fiction novel in the typical sense no space travel or otherworldly beings in these pages , but is instead a novel that goes just outside the box of realistic fiction.

It goes just beyond the boundaries of what we have accomplished in science and medicine. Charlie Gordon is a young man with an I.

He works in a bakery doing custodial work while taking classes to learn to read and write. He is a happy person, feels he has many friends, and is also driven to please people and to make himself smarter.

Having been cast aside by his family, most notably his mother, much of Charlie's thoughts and actions throughout the book are a result of how he was treated and rebuked as a child and his desire to be viewed as a "normal" individual.

In fact, much of this book causes the reader to think that each and every one of us has the right to be regarded with dignity and respect no matter what our deficiencies or differences.

When given the opportunity to increase his intelligence by a procedure previously tried only in animals, Charlie jumps at this rare chance.

Feeling confident in their positive results with a mouse named Algernon, the experts are prepared to make the first step with this experimental surgery in humans and agree that Charlie is an ideal candidate.

Strauss said I had something that was very good. He said I had a good motor-vation. I never even knowed I had that.

I felt good when he said not everbody with an eye-Q of 68 had that thing like I had it. I dont know what it is or where I got it but he said Algernon had it too.

Boy woud they be serprised to see me smart just like them and my sister. But, with intelligence Charlie is confronted with hidden and often painful memories, an awareness of true human behavior and a struggle with the desire to rid himself of a feeling of loneliness.

But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. He is tormented by emotional and sexual immaturity despite his genius I.

As the novel is written in diary format, the reader is privy to Charlie's innermost thoughts throughout his journey and I was completely consumed by Charlie's emotions.

I felt hopeful, joyful, enlightened, angry, confused and heartbroken right along with Charlie… I cried.

Charlie begins to understand something very vital about human nature: "I could see how important physical love was The universe was exploding, each particle away from the next, hurtling us into dark and lonely space, eternally tearing us away from each other - child out of the womb, friend away from friend, moving from each other, each through his own pathway toward the goal-box of solitary death.

But this was the counterweight, the act of binding and holding. As when men to keep from being swept overboard in the storm clutch at each other's hands to resist being torn apart, so our bodies fused a link in the human chain that kept us from being swept into nothing.

Professor Nemur termed his prior existence as being "nature's mistake" and went further to say that "Charlie Gordon did not really exist before this experiment.

Is artificially-induced intelligence a permanent state? What can Charlie contribute to this field and does he have time? Flowers for Algernon is a beautiful and poignant story.

Daniel Keyes effectively teaches us about the issue of living with a disability as well as parenting a child with a disability, love, respect, and the essential need for human connection and affection.

If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend that you take a moment and move this one up to the top of your list!

View all 48 comments. The last time was in high school for required reading. As much as I love reading, I tend to not remember required reading very fondly.

For that reason, I like to try and go back to revisit them with an open mind. This I remembered this as 3 stars. That got a few shocked responses see the comments below - the first few were from before my re-read!

I am glad I reread. It really is a great book. Very creative and unique especially con 4. Very creative and unique especially considering it originally came out in the early 50s.

I would find this work of what could be considered speculative science fiction creative and unique even if it was released today. Charlie is a fantastic character study.

And, what is probably the most interesting thing is that while we are studying him, he is studying himself. Very meta! Charlie is now probably now in my top 10 most interesting literary characters.

If you are looking for a classic to that is written in a very relatable way give this one a try. And, if you were required to read this back in high school and you don't remember liking it, you should probably try it again!

View all 21 comments. Jan 23, J. Sutton rated it it was amazing. I first read Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon in junior high school.

At the time, I had no idea it was such a groundbreaking novel. Reading it again many years later, I'm not surprised that it is powerful, but I am surprised at just how complete the story is.

There were parts of the story that stuck with me all these years: Charlie's belief that his life would be better if he were somehow more intelligent and the heartache of his return to his former condition.

It's difficult to verbalize why I first read Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon in junior high school. It's difficult to verbalize why this regression should be so heartbreaking.

Wasn't Charlie able to experience a life which somehow existed beyond his abilities sort of like Lt. Even if his newfound intelligence didn't last long, how long do any of us get to live at our full potential?

Charlie's reclaiming of memories and relationships he forms after gaining intelligence make Charlie feel like a real character who, in spite of the odds, we are rooting for.

View all 4 comments. Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Flowers for Algernon , a classic novella written in by Daniel Keyes , often read in high school as standard curriculum in America.

A few shorter versions of the story exist, as well as film or TV adaptions for those who want to compare the literary art with the visual.

I enjoyed this book when I read it the first time and even returned to reading the shorter version during a college English course.

If you're not familiar with it, it's the story of Ch Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Flowers for Algernon , a classic novella written in by Daniel Keyes , often read in high school as standard curriculum in America.

If you're not familiar with it, it's the story of Charlie, who at the time when this was written, may have been called "mentally slow.

So the book must be read and interpreted based on it being written nearly 50 years earlier. Charlie takes his time understanding everything around him, but at his core, you immediately see that he's a good guy.

He loves a pet mouse named Algernon. They both go through a similar experiment and their intelligence begins growing, but then Algernon becomes very sick.

No spoilers here, so you'll have to read it to see what happens to the mouse and to Charlie. The book for me was a great story to immerse yourself in from an emotional stance and a philosophical stance.

People are different. Some are smart. Some are not smart. But there's a purpose for everyone. How far do we take medicine to help everyone?

If everyone continues to get smarter, will we run out of supplies and space? If we don't help those who need it, will they become the less fortunate asked to do the harder manual work because they cannot think as well as others?

All of these are questions which plague your mind as you read I believe it's books like these that helped shape who America is today -- some great things came out of it, but also, some hurtful and potentially dangerous things came out of it.

Though the intentions are not to divide people into segments and groups, that's what ends up happening. That said, the author and the story are to me, simply trying to tell a perspective, and then conversation and education help navigate that middle line of how to move forward.

When you think about the mouse, you have love, guilt, fear, pain. When you see Charlie, you wonder It's a great comparison and contrast to difference aspects of life and humanity.

I'd like to read this again now that it's been over 20 years But I definitely think it's something people who enjoy reading should give a chance to.

It's a broad sweep of what people think should be done to help others, as opposed to what the right decision is for the good of that individual.

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Thanks for stopping by. We often say that good books can bring us to tears. But never have I been reduced to tears and in such a state that my boyfriend had to take me to a doctor because I had a panic attack.

Well I know a real life Charlie Gordon. A little boy with a low IQ but a burning desire to learn. And folks, low IQ doesn't mean stupid. He's a radiant, gentle and kind human being that this world does not des We often say that good books can bring us to tears.

He's a radiant, gentle and kind human being that this world does not deserve. I gave him literacy therapy for a year and I grew so fond of him that he is in my thoughts daily.

To read a book that hit so fucking close to home was agonising, but something I needed to work on my empathy fatigue. For Charlie to go from someone with a mental disability with humanity, to a genius without it, back to a person with a mental disability, now knowing he was once "great" but not why Keyes showcases why the word "retard" is a meaningless trifle, and I love that.

That word needs to die in hell. For every letter the alphabet MY kiddo learnt, for the month it took for him to finally spell cat and dog , I celebrated with him in laughter and tears.

He could never remember my name, but always called me "his favourite reading teacher". That meant more to me than what anyone else had ever said.

I mattered to a child who was lost in a world constantly moving forward without him. I plan on not reviewing this book, but assaying why it's the most relevant book about mental disabilities out there, and a powerful work of I can't.

If you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard" I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to help you again, my wonderful, radiant child, but I wish you a wonderful life if I can't.

Please remember that at any time in your life , you can give birth to or meet a person with a mental disability. You or your loved ones may sustain a traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's at any time, without reason.

Do not undermine that person or yourself - they are human and they matter. I urge you, as a simple speech-language therapy student, that that person matters.

Signing off and hoping you can take this to heart, Jen This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's funny how things often come in pairs.

Braveheart and Rob Roy. Armageddon and Deep Impact. Dangerous Liaisons and Valmont. And quite often, the better one of the pair isn't the one that ends up becoming famous.

Both novels were published within a few months of each other. Both are first-person narratives, presented as a series of diary entries written by the main character.

Both address the same question: suppose a medical It's funny how things often come in pairs. Both address the same question: suppose a medical procedure were invented that could make people much, much smarter.

What would happen? Now given the rules of the game, how are you going to present the narrator getting smarter? Keyes picked the obvious solution: in this book, Charlie Gordon starts off real dumb.

You read the early entries in his dirie, and he rites like thiss. Charlie is given the procedure, and he starts getting smarter. Of course, it's technically quite easy for Keyes to show his vocabulary, grammar and spelling improving, and the way he gains more insight into his situation.

The trickiest thing in the book is the romance. Charlie's always had a crush on the nice teacher at his evening class, but he's never been able to do a thing about it.

Now he's able to put the moves on her. But as he gets more and more intelligent, he finds he's outgrown her.

He meets a brilliant woman artist and starts up a new relationship with her. At the apex of his trajectory, Charlie is a world-class scientist.

He turns his intelligence on himself and learns that his brilliance is only temporary. Soon, he will lose all his new powers.

He will inexorably descend the curve again, and before long he will be as dumb as he was at the beginning. Shortly after that, he will die.

He dispassionately presents all these discoveries in a scientific paper. Not long after, the decline begins. He can no longer read the things he's just written.

His relationship with the artist is over. The most heart-rending scene is when he's returned to his old level: forgetful and confused, he goes back to his evening class and sees the nice teacher again, not even remembering their brief affair.

She runs out of the room weeping, and he can't quite figure out why. In the last diary entry, he half-understands that he is a few days from death, and leaves instructions to the person who finds the diary.

Keyes has a clear plan in mind and succeeds well in what he sets out to do. The book is quite well known, got made into a movie, and has even ended up on school reading lists.

But Disch wanted to try something much riskier. His hero starts out, not just normal, but already pretty smart. Moreover, he's a writer, though admittedly not a very successful one.

Now what would you get when you took a smart writer and made him enormously smarter? How would you depict that through the medium of his own writing?

It's obviously impossible, and Camp Concentration has indeed never become famous. Of the few people that look at it, most remain deeply unimpressed; Not, who read it last week on my recommendation sorry, Not!

But somehow I prefer Disch's ambitious failure to Keyes's easy success. Keyes engages my emotions, but Disch manages to hit me somewhere deeper down.

Perhaps it's a more interesting kind of tragedy. Even though this book is categorized under the Science Fiction genre, it is much more and different than all the other books in the same genre.

Flowers for Algernon also provides great insights into human behavior and nature. A must read. Charlie narrates these experiences through his journals.

View all 10 comments. Jul 09, Natalia Yaneva rated it really liked it Shelves: in-english. I told her I think there is no such thing as normal people.

Society has conveniently built a system of rules where no one fits in completely, and this is the secret we all share.

Rules are somewhat useful. They keep you from bothering others and others from bothering you. If you so much as pass the invisible boundary though, either voluntarily or not, society rarely forgives you.

These are the people with mental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Some have come true, others we have enjoyed briefly and others still we have laid to rest in the pet sematary.

To not turn back into obscurity and to have closed that chapter forever. To have someone staring in your eyes and accepting you with all the cracks of your essence, which ooze droplets of soul.

Is it better to have never dreamed than having achieved something just for a fraction of timelessness? Would you run through the labyrinths of your mind again if you knew that you would go back to the very beginning?

Are you ready to face yourself? To face the best and the worst, the darkness without which there is no light?

His only desire to be able to read and write is as childlike and artless as he is. And then he becomes a genius. Geniuses perceive time differently.

They realize they possess just a portion of it and human life, which is but a blink, is not enough. Maybe they have realized that since the clock ticks their life away, they have to think mainly about themselves, because time has never been theirs to give away to others.

No one knows how much they have left for whatever. We can only try our best with what we have; or choose not to.

Everything is a matter of choice. People often have a propensity for wrong choices. Still, we should never stop tilting at windmills.

Wait and hope. And if we still lose the battle in the end, let us have the courage to bring flowers to the little grave of our dreams. Shelves: award-hugo , physical-own , region-america-canada , fiction-general , format-epistolary , , missed-in-high-school.

This book was hidden in plain sight. Meaning I was surprised to realize the majority of my Goodreads friends had already read a book that I had never heard of before.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I suspect it was a requisite high school read for many. One reviewer mentioned the abridged version he read in school had trimmed all the sexual bits.

What a shame! I may have arrived late, but at least that meant I was introduced to the raw version.

The investigation of a 32 year old man struggling fo This book was hidden in plain sight.

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