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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
Exceptional, mesmerizing, incredibly insightful. I can't recall ever being so captivated by the written word. Everyone able to read should read this book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by sosusume
I've wanted to read this forever, so finally did. Now I know what the fuss was all about. Everyone should read this book.Published 1 month ago by Ronnie Roberts
I found it amazing how the narrator's voice changed slowly as his intelligence rose and fell. You could feel nothing but compassion for Charlie, the main character, as he tried to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by stemacsand
Very interesting novel, but a little bit too long on quite a few chapters (repetition on the same subject),,,,,, from Clo in CanadaPublished 3 months ago by Claudette Hamel
Excellent read, well written. Really gives you a deeper vision that can illustrate the meaning of Plato's "Allegory of the cave".Published 5 months ago by Ryan McGimpsey
If I could I would give to the book thousands of stars. Every human has to read it.Published 5 months ago by Natasha.N
I read this book because im trying to lern to read and rite so I can have frends like my budy Andy Stephenson at the corner stor wher I werk. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bryan Semeniuk
I had high expectations for this book, I found it to be redundant and I was losing interest at some points. Overall it is a good storyPublished 8 months ago by sabrimigna