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07 Jan 2012, 11:54 am

Anyone here ever read this book? It's been one to leave more of a lasting impression on me than most others. While the misconception that being autistic is the same as being mentally retarded is offensive, I feel I can still relate a bit to the main character here. As I understand it, a few movie adaptions were made. I watched one, called "Charlie" rather than the original title, and while it wasn't bad, I felt it just didn't capture the general feeling of the book quite as I imagined it. I guess part of it has to do with the writing style and narrative.

So who all liked this book? Or anyone dislike it for any reason?


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07 Jan 2012, 12:22 pm

I've read it, and enjoyed it a lot. I like the cover design too with the mouse in the maze circuit-board.
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07 Jan 2012, 12:28 pm

Is it a story of someone who is not clever who becomes clever via some experiment and then the cleverness fades? If it is I read it long ago. It's a good story.



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07 Jan 2012, 12:34 pm

I've read the book, probably a few times, though not recently. The book was an obsession of mine for a time when I was a teenager. The movie was decent enough, but I was somewhat disappointed by all they left out from the original story.


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07 Jan 2012, 4:22 pm

Boxman108 wrote:
Anyone here ever read this book? It's been one to leave more of a lasting impression on me than most others. While the misconception that being autistic is the same as being mentally retarded is offensive, I feel I can still relate a bit to the main character here. As I understand it, a few movie adaptions were made. I watched one, called "Charlie" rather than the original title, and while it wasn't bad, I felt it just didn't capture the general feeling of the book quite as I imagined it. I guess part of it has to do with the writing style and narrative.

So who all liked this book? Or anyone dislike it for any reason?


I actually had two different courses assign this book in high school back in the seventies. I'm a nonfiction reader personally, but it was good for a novel.

One of my employees is a retired English teacher. She says "Flowers" hasn't been on the approved reading lists for years, except for some special ed students. The reason is that a taboo has developed against discussing differences in intelligence.



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07 Jan 2012, 5:46 pm

Boxman108 wrote:
Anyone here ever read this book? It's been one to leave more of a lasting impression on me than most others. While the misconception that being autistic is the same as being mentally retarded is offensive, I feel I can still relate a bit to the main character here. As I understand it, a few movie adaptions were made. I watched one, called "Charlie" rather than the original title, and while it wasn't bad, I felt it just didn't capture the general feeling of the book quite as I imagined it. I guess part of it has to do with the writing style and narrative.

So who all liked this book? Or anyone dislike it for any reason?


I didn't think anything much of it - it was ok. Can't really offer an opinion on it, but I suppose it's worth registering at least one count of disinterest. :)


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07 Jan 2012, 9:10 pm

I loved this book. I read it a couple years back. I found it incredibly moving. I've never met anyone who liked it as much as I did. I think people think I'm odd when I bang on about it.


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07 Jan 2012, 9:41 pm

I've read it. It's been a few years, though, and my memory is terrible. As I recall, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Perhaps I should get myself a new copy and read it again. :chin:


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08 Jan 2012, 12:19 am

I read an abridged version of it back in the eighth grade. I don't remember much of it besides the main premise, though.


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09 Jan 2012, 12:13 am

I remember this story. I found it very moving, and I misted up a bit when Charlie began to descend back down, and gradually lose all of the cognitive ability he had only just gained.

Does anyone recall whether that story touched on empathy? I seem to remember Charlie developing a harder personality when he became a genius.