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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.
It was an incredibly powerful book. Although the dialect was difficult to decipher from the get go, the progression of the story truly sucks you in with an ending no one could be... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Alyssa
What a beautiful story, I just finished it and as I sit here with tears in my eyes I think there's a lot to process about this story. Read morePublished 5 days ago by chad
Every page leads to an expected ending; but I couldn't put the book down. I was totally immersed in Charlie's journey.Published 9 days ago by LT
Flowers for Algernon is science fiction only so far as the premise goes. Daniel Keyes does an excellent job at fashioning an emotionally believable and moving story about a man... Read morePublished 10 days ago by mjo
The awful truth to what we do to each other. I was so right on I could barely finish it.Published 11 days ago by Ruth C. Davis
A commentary on how people with mental differences all have strengths and hardship. Also, a commentary on scientists- good and mediocrePublished 11 days ago by Millie
This book was so good. It made me cry, smile, and laugh. It just hits your heart at certain times, and you can't help but to cry along with Charlie. This was a wonderful read.Published 11 days ago by Toy Lover Mom
This is seriously my new favorite book of all time. The concepts are not entirely new to me (the philosophical ones postulated in the book), but the way that they are laid out in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by The Philosophical Swimmer