Book Club: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

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Every 4th Sunday of the month

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This month's book is 'Flowers for Algernon' by Daniel Keyes

• All are welcome (though please read the book)

• Please bring along at least one point for discussion

• If you have chance, look over the list to help choose the next book


It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question. --- John Stuart Mill

Daniel Keyes' inventive, charming, and melancholy tale of Charlie Gordon puts Mill's claim about wisdom to the test. Is it truly better to be wise than to be a fool? In Flowers for Algernon, the mentally handicapped Charlie Gordon is transformed by a surgery that allows him to become intelligent. The short story and later-developed novel explores themes about the cycle of life, the limits of science, and whether knowledge is truly more valuable than happiness.