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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.
Very poignant book. Memorable. I now want to see the movie call "Charley" with Cliff Robertson.Published 6 days ago by ToriD.
Weeping. I don't even know if I have the words to describe this brilliant book. Retarded Chalie Gordon is 32 years old and wants to be smart very bad. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ksenia Anske
Makes you think about how we treat others and about looking for finding forgiveness within yourself and others. Great book.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
There are some books designed solely to make their readers sad. I don't mean in the tragic sense, where the sadness is a looming, growing ruin that results from incompatible... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joshua N. Booth
Great pre eighth grade summer read. Super sad and raises a lot of moral and ethical questionsPublished 13 days ago by bmore
Great story brilliantly told. It deserves place amongst the great classics.Published 13 days ago by Patricia Hackett
Got this because I found it on a list of sci-fi classics and didn't realize it is the basis for the movie "Charlie" with cliff Robertson. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Martin at Silflay
Kept my interest and I learned alot about having friends since I am only 14.Published 17 days ago by victroia