First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

fistchapFirst chapter, first paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

This is a new author for me and I’m excited about reading his book.  I heard about it last week on Teaser Tuesday and it really captured my imagination.  Here’s first chapter, first paragraph:

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Dr. Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Mss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donners bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my brithday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center rof retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off. Dr. Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but I cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today. . .yrs truly Charlie Gordon.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s my teaser from p.165 of the same book:

Talking all this out makes me feel a lot better — even a little silly. I don’t really know why I got so upset, or what I’m doing on a jet heading back to New York with Algernon in a shoebox under the seat.

Have you read this book?  Did you like it?

What’s your current read?  Share a teaser!

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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26 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  1. Colline says:

    I am definitely intrigued!


  2. Kay says:

    I have not read this book nor have I seen the movie. However, I loved that introduction. Putting it on my list. 🙂


  3. I read this story a couple of times so many years ago, but it’s stuck with me. I may have to re-read it.


  4. emmak89 says:

    I really need to read this one! Great quotes, I’d definitely carry on reading. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of this book! And for visiting my blog 🙂


  5. Maria Behar says:

    Oh, this is such a heartbreaking book….. I read it years ago, and saw the movie, starring Cliff Robertson, who gave a stellar performance.

    All I can say is, be prepared with your hankies, because you’ll need them. Charlie Gordon is such a WONDERFUL human being, and this is a case of undeserved fate. The novel is beautifully written; I like the author’s technique of showing how Charlie’s writing, along with his intelligence, dramatically improve throughout the novel.

    This book makes me wish there were indeed some medical procedure to raise intelligence, at least to an average level. No one should have to struggle with understanding certain basic concepts that most people take for granted, nor struggle with common everyday tasks.

    Thanks for sharing this classic! Have a great day!! : )


    • mysm2000 says:

      Wow! Now I’m double anxious to get into it. I can just picture Cliff Robertson in it. I’m not far into it yet — for once this has been a truly random teaser. I’m still in the first chapter. Thanks for taking the time to write such an enthusiastic comment.


  6. FictionFan says:

    This is one I’ve been meaning to read for years – the SF Masterworks series is great! I’ll be intrigued to hear your opinion of it once you’ve finished…


  7. sjhigbee says:

    This is a classic book that I’ve never got around to reading, so I’ll be intrigued to see how you get on with it. This is mine today:


  8. I have been curious about this book…so I definitely want to know more. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “NO ONE KNOWS”


  9. Yvo says:

    I really like the sound of the teaser; it looks like a very interesting read!


  10. I’ve always wanted to read this book! D: I have no idea how I never got around to it..I’m so embarrassed.


    • mysm2000 says:

      No need to be embarrassed! There are so many millions of great books available it’s overwhelming. Even my own little TBR list keeps getting longer no matter how many books I read or how many times I make a resolution not to buy any more until I’ve read all the ones in a pile beside me on the sofa!


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