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Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in semi-literate "progris riports." He dimly wants to better himself, but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving:
I dint feel bad because I watched Algernon and I lernd how to finish the amaze even if it takes me along time.
I dint know mice were so smart.
Algernon is extra-clever thanks to an experimental brain operation so far tried only on animals. Charlie eagerly volunteers as the first human subject. After frustrating delays and agonies of concentration, the effects begin to show and the reports steadily improve: "Punctuation, is? fun!" But getting smarter brings cruel shocks, as Charlie realizes that his merry "friends" at the bakery where he sweeps the floor have all along been laughing at him, never with him. The IQ rise continues, taking him steadily past the human average to genius level and beyond, until he's as intellectually alone as the old, foolish Charlie ever was--and now painfully aware of it. Then, ominously, the smart mouse Algernon begins to deteriorate...
Flowers for Algernon is a timeless tear-jerker with a terrific emotional impact. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We all have been a variation of the protagonist. But he remembers what is important in the end. Great book and quick readPublished 1 day ago by Matthew J Baldasari
The short story was wonderful. The book completely ruins it with an incompetent exploration the narrator's sexual hangups.Published 1 day ago by all is mystery
This is definitely a book worth reading. It will make you think hard about the value of intelligence.Published 1 day ago by Jocelyn Gibson
Disturbing yet provocative. I enjoyed it though it became a bit tedious towards the end. It does make you think about what it must be lik.ePublished 2 days ago by William L. Blanton
This book is one of the best books I've read all year. I do not read a ton of fiction, and took me a little while to get into, but I loved every second of it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Patricia Walsh
I first read this book when I was a teen which was 40 years ago. I have read it a few times throughout the years and it has withstood the hand of time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by shigui
Ug! I should have paid attention that this was written in the late 50s/early 60s by a man who could only come up with 1 dimensional characteristics for women: Crone/crazy wife,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kelly