October BoM – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Sorry this post is late, but I’ve been working on getting things straight with the Meetup group.

Anyway the October BoM is:

Title: Flowers for Algernon Author: Daniel Keyes Genre: Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Publication Date: April 1959

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys has been banned and/or challenged as early as 1977 and as late as 1999 in PA, OH, and FL among other states. It was banned for sexually explicit language, adult themes, and profanity and has been compared to Playboy and Hustler magazines.

You can’t beat that comparison!

Flowers for Algernon was originally published as a short story in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1959. The expanded novel was first published in 1966 and concerns itself with Charlie Gordon’s developing emotional state as well as his intelligence, childhood memories and relationships with family and former 
teacher.

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 human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

On Monday, October 6th the first Discussion Question(s) will post. It/They will focus on the first half of the book — Progress Reports 1-13.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask the group or any comments about Flowers for Algernon, please feel free to let us know in the comments area.

HAPPY BANNED BOOK READING!!!

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