Short Story Sunday: Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
When this science fiction masterpiece about a mentally disabled man undergoing an intelligence experiment
is mentioned, most people think of the novel (or the film Charly). Truth is, it was a short story first (1958) and a novel second (1966). It took me a while to find the short story cut. Here it is: http://mrjost.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/8/8/12884680/flowers_text.pdf
Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.
It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.
Posted on February 21, 2016, in Short Stories and tagged Daniel Keyes, first person stories told as diary entries, Flowers for Algernon, science fiction stories. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.