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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.
This book made me cry like no other book has done before. It was a fantastic read. I loved every minute, even those filled with tears.Published 2 hours ago by Angela
That always Sunny in Philadelphia episode makes so much sense nowPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I live in an extremely humid area so the book ended up bending all over the place, but I definitely got what I wanted.Published 9 days ago by Teen
Made for great group discussion. Loved the overall touching story.Published 10 days ago by M. Pierce
I really enjoyed this story. It was amazing to see the fantastic improvement of the main character, However I was saddened by the supreme loss
of his wisdom and his end!
An excellent read. Amazing story that brings awareness to the relationship between intelligence and perception. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jeff Danglo