Flowers for Algernon

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Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966 - Fiction - 274 pages
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When we first meet Charlie he is about to embark on a compelling but dangerous journey from retardation to genius. He has only a vague understanding of what will happen, but he is aware that knowledge and the ability to write are of paramount importance. So he doesn't hesitate for a moment to cooperate in a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence, the key - he hopes - to being valued as a human being and to being loved. Daniel Keyes's powerful and highly original story of a young man whose quest for intelligence and knowledge parallels that of Algernon (the mouse who is an earlier subject of a similar experiment) remains unique in imaginative literature. We follow Charlie Gordon's mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. We watch with excitement as he becomes the focus of attention by the scientific world, his intellectual capacities far surpassing those of the psychologists and neurosurgeons who engineered his metamorphosis. We also follow the progress of his romance with two women, one who knew him before the experiment as well as with another, who knows him only as the attractive, bright, and sympathetic man he has become. And, finally, we hope against hope that what happens suddenly, unexpectedly, to Algernon will not happen to Charlie.

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The writing style is amazing. - Goodreads
The ending absolutely made me cry. - Goodreads
The plot itself was amazing. - Goodreads
Hard to read but harder to put down. - Goodreads
Truly incredible storytelling. - Goodreads
A lot of mesmerizing psycho insights. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Tania Lukinyuk - Goodreads

What is better: being dull and kind, or super smart and heartless? What if you can try both? Lots of questions and zero answers in Flowers for Algernon. The book is a makeover story close in overall ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

I really liked it but it also made me really mad. Read full review

About the author (1966)

Daniel Keyes is Professor of English and Creative Writing on leave from Ohio University.

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