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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.
Sooooo good. Daniel Keyes is a genius. Beautifully executed. I really enjoyed this book, and I really recommend it. READ DA BOOKPublished 1 day ago by Scott Allmain
If this is science-fiction, it is at its best. The novel is so deep and emotional that it is unlike genre fiction and more literary fiction. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joe L
The main character Charlie Gordon is at first too naive to understand that his co-workers are not laughing with him, but at him. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nroxic
My mom had Alzheimers, and I know a couple relatives with MS. When they mention they sense a decline in memory or processing, Charlie, too, senses his decline. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Perry Luzwick
I had read an excerpt of this book in middle school and wanted to complete the whole book. I must admit I am very impressed with how well the progressive writing was done. Read morePublished 7 days ago by chrystalkaye
... and that's how I ended up crying in the park and reassuring the police that I was fine, only, it was a very good book.Published 8 days ago by 'chelle
I bought this book quite randomly and I am so glad I did. Really intriguing, tragic and good all at the same time. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer