By Daniel Keyes
In vegetation for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an not going duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and that i, Keyes finds his tools of constructing fiction in addition to the heartbreaks and joys of being released. With admirable perception he stocks with readers, writers, academics, and scholars the artistic lifestyles at the back of his vintage novel, integrated right here in its unique short-story form.
All those that love tales, storytelling, and the awesome characters of Charlie and Algernon will savor accompanying their author in this inspirational voyage of discovery.
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When my classmates discussed ski vacations, I nodded as though I knew where Breadloaf was and tried to see the logic in wearing a down jacket with no sleeves during the winter. I wanted to ask, Aren’t your arms cold, too? Going five class periods without seeing a face like mine is not that big a deal, I told myself. I tried to call someone a “spaz” without it sounding ridiculous, but it always did. At first, it wore me out, made me grateful when I got off the bus downtown in a world that didn’t 35 No Place Safe Kim Reid expect anything more of me than what I was.
Hips dipping low and slow to match the beat. “I know. But I can’t help it. ” I wondered if that was true. I wondered if the boy from the skating rink had a girlfriend, if they’d slow-dragged one night and felt certain they’d be slow-dragging forever. “Forget all that tonight. It’s my birthday party. ” I listened to Peaches and Herb croon about how good it was to be together while I swayed slow and low against Kevin, certain I understood what they meant, thinking I was grown. I breathed in his scent, some cologne he probably borrowed from his father mixed with a little sweat that comes from the warmth of a basement full of teenagers dancing slow.
Ma put her hand into her purse. I was scared then, and realized I should be distracting Bridgette from what was going on, but I couldn’t help watching. “I’m making it my business. ” “It’s okay, he’s my man. ” I could tell from her shaky voice and her swollen face that nothing about her was all right. “Look, I want you to come with me,” Ma said to the woman. ” Before he could take two steps, Ma raised her purse in front of her, her hand still inside of it. ” I wasn’t sure if Ma was really carrying, she didn’t always when she was off-duty, but her voice must have sounded like she was.
Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey by Daniel Keyes