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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 good writing, super creative. Emotional story. I read the book nonstop from the beginning till the end. It was very interesting!!Published 12 hours ago by Mine Turhan
This book started the discussion of manipulating the human brain. It's ethical considerations are still valid and the compassionate issues it raises still current. Read morePublished 4 days ago by CO Springs Reader
Sad, redemptive, hopeful, thought-provoking and worth every moment. This journey that Charlie takes is strangely familiar yet captivating. Great readPublished 5 days ago by Desiree
As a Psych. major, I find this book very intriguing. The way it is written captures your attention in a very unique way, I just read the entire thing in one sitting because I just... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sara Friedman
As far as plot goes, it's easy to see how it will all end; but that still doesn't mean the story isn't without a powerful impact. Read morePublished 8 days ago by ReasonableGoatPerson
A look into the heart of the humanity. What it's like to start at the bottom, soar to the top, come crashing back down and to still find beauty at the bottom. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ronny