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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.
A very real story and character. A great summary of the human spirit and what a life experience looks likePublished 5 days ago by Matthew S. Behnke
Amazing book. The same one we read ad kids is amd it's even better if you read it again as an adult. Great story.Published 6 days ago by Chris Gransbury
I remember reading this book when I was in 8th grade didn't think much of it just like most of the literature I read at that time. Read morePublished 7 days ago by C. Griffin
Charlie likes his job, the people he works with. He likes his teacher, Alice. He is pretty content with his life. Read more
Great book - purchased for English class for Junior but grandma read it too and liked it! Probably more than he.!Published 11 days ago by Ninny
Flowers for Algernon is a thought provoking and a gut wrencher book. I was amazed at how Daniel Keyes made the story so realistic by changing his writing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by ivypuppy