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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.
Really interesting look at intelligence and emotions. Heart breaking at times, but a great read overall. Very well written, interesting stylePublished 5 days ago by Casey Terp
I can't believe I never read this when I was a younger fellow. I read this book in one evening, and loved every single page. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, short, and sweet.Published 6 days ago by Andrew D. Merriam
AHHHHHH I dont know what all the excitement about this book is I found it rambling on and on!!! boring to mePublished 7 days ago by Ky
It was a great story. I remember reading it as a kid and was really moved then just like I was when I reread itPublished 13 days ago by Eric L. Blankenbeker
It was an interesting way to put us in the mind of this person as he went through radical changes in intelligence. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brian O'Leary
Flowers For Algeron is a mature read but one of the best books I've ever read!!! It's sad, it's interesting, and it brings you a story filled with excitement.Published 15 days ago by Jocelyn Flores