I started to read an extraordinary book this weekend called Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keys. I haven't gotten through all of it yet, but the parts I have read are impacting the way I'm thinking of the people around me.
Flowers for Algernon follows the fictional story of a 32 year old man named Charlie Gordon, who lives in the New York City area. Charlie only had a intelligence quotient of 68, and is considered to be mentally retarded. People who fall below the 55-69 mark are considered to be mentally inadequate, and only 2.3 percent of test takers fall in this range. Charlie is an applicant of a brain surgery to try to expand his I.Q. The book, as far as I have read, follows Charlie's journey before, during, and after his