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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.
I never read this in high school, but it is truly a classic. Excellent for all ages. Thought provoking.Published 5 days ago by JACH
Flowers for Algernon is excellent "soft" science fiction. It is a touching book about a mentally retarded man who achieves an IQ of 185 but is
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This is a unique and thought provoking book. Especially if you like Science Fiction, or even if you don't I found it quite fascinating.Published 8 days ago by go girl
Oh my. I don't ever know what to say. Charlie is an exceptional retarded man who has a chance to change his whole life. He hopes people will be impressed and like him for it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by as
A very good read. Have known of this book for years, but had forgotten about it until a question about it was mentioned on Jeopardy. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very special book. It reaches out to the reader on so many different fronts that enables you to understand what Charlie feels at times. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Reginaldeparkersr
Was supposed to read it in high school but didn't. Glad I did now. Wouldn't have appreciated it back then.Published 16 days ago by Kevin Lewis