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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.
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 18 hours ago by Martin at Silflay
Kept my interest and I learned alot about having friends since I am only 14.Published 1 day ago by victroia
This is an awesome story of retardation in children and the child's desire to become more normal and able to read and write and what effects science can have.Published 3 days ago by Eugenie
I recently reread this after not having done so since high school. What a terrific book. Still thought-provoking and moving after all these years. Read morePublished 5 days ago by E. E. Crosby
Loved Charlie's devotion to become smart,
Love for Alice,
Facing new challenges,
New wonders in his mind
My son read this as a seventh grader and I was a bit surprised, given some of the content. This is a wonderful tale that does so much to separate intellect from emotion. Read morePublished 12 days ago by L Weiss