Some great books don’t have to be 1,000 pages long to tell there story and in the case of this post’s recommended book, its barely 200!
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a sci-fi novel about a man, Charlie Gordon, with an IQ of 68, who is given the opportunity to take part in experimental surgery that could improve his intelligence. The novel is told from Charlie’s perspective as he attempts to improve himself, despite what those around him think of him. I would say that reading this book is bittersweet and in some places quite tragic, as it touches on the way people with mental disabilities are treated.
The saddest thing is that despite the book being over fifty years old, some of the characters’ attitudes are not, unfortunately, alien or outdated. That is mostly why I am recommending Flowers for Algernon as a great sci-fi book to read. Its message is still relevant today as it was when it was first published and until people with any sort of disability are treated fairly, this should not be a discussion that we stop having. So if you are looking for a short book to read that will lead you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, then I recommend you pick up Flowers for Algernon.
Both book cover images came from goodreads.com.