Our final student-written book recommendation of the calendar year comes from senior Irina Grigoryeva, whose work you may have read on The Devils’ Playlist. We’ll continue to run student recommendations into 2014, so if you’d like to add your own, please email it to Mr. Lally.
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Although defined as a science fiction novel, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is more of a fictional memoir, slightly cushioned with a hypothetical experiment. Written as a series of diary entries, the book explores the life of Charlie Gordon, a man who has chosen to undergo treatment to increase his intelligence. Because of his simple personality and loving outlook on life, you will find yourself loving and caring for Charlie, eager to defend him against any of the other characters. It is a novel perfect for readers who enjoy the scientific experimentation aspect of science fiction, minus the time-travel and alien invasion. Although understood by the lovers of surprise, during your venture into the cracking spine of Flowers for Algernon, I strongly urge you not to even as place a glance further than you have read. The book’s progression is a special tearjerker and something truly worthy of experience.