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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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes was originally published as a short story in 1959 and was then fleshed out and published as a novel in 1966. It has won both a Hugo Award for Best Short Story in ... Read full review

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User Review  - LeleliaSky - LibraryThing

I read this book in high school, over 25 years ago, and I now remember why it was a classic. It is still as powerful a statement today as it was when it was originally printed in 1959! A story of a ... Read full review

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About the author (1966)

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

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