By Daniel Keyes
In flora for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an not likely duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of thousands of readers worldwide. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and that i, Keyes finds his equipment of making fiction in addition to the heartbreaks and joys of being released. With admirable perception he stocks with readers, writers, academics, and scholars the inventive 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 notable characters of Charlie and Algernon will appreciate accompanying their author in this inspirational voyage of discovery.
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Extra resources for Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey
I don舗t look back on my yakuza childhood with longing, and I舗m well aware of the ugly things that yakuza do, but on the other hand I loved my father and I don舗t disrespect him for choosing the life he did. One of my earliest memories of my father is of the beautiful tattoo of Jibo Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, which covered his back. And of the tattooed young men in his gang who were always at our house. My decision to get a tattoo was like acknowledging my DNA, and I have derived great comfort and strength from this.
After gathering up my belongings, I went to the tiny hall where all of us who were leaving were presented with our middle school graduation certificates by the principal of the reform school. My parents had come to collect me, and they watched all this silently from the back of the room. The moment the leaving cereųmony was over, I ran over to them. 舠Let舗s go home,舡 said Dad with a smile, patting me on the shoulder. 舡 Dad舗s hand on my shoulder was warmer than the spring sun, and my mother was even laughing.
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