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  • Turtleback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media; Bantam ed edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606006745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606006743
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 15 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are those who have attempted the topic before, to show the good or ill about artificially increasing a man's intelligence, and they have all fallen by the wayside, forgotten entries in the arena of literature, all because they forgot one factor: love.

In Flowers for Algernon, Keyes shows us a man who is jolted out of his comfortable world of stupidity and finds his friends who were not as good as he thought they were, that all he thought was nothing more than a veiled illusion. And he copes, as everyone must, he copes and finds love and comes to term with himself.

Just in time for him to realize that his intelligence is only temporary. In the most heart wrenching scenes of the novel, the reader must witness his intelligence fading rapidly, each journal entry a little less exact, the spelling a tiny bit worse, until the book comes full circle and he is back where he started from, only having a wisdom that he cannot understand, or comprehend.
Touching, moving, Flowers for Algernon is all that and more, it is an epic of emotion, an opera of getting what you want most and then realizing that you might have been better off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B L Miller on Aug. 17 2006
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This award-winning novel by Daniel Keyes is nearly perfect in its execution, with perhaps the minor quibble of some dated slang that's a slight detraction. But that alone is not enough to prevent the book from receiving a well-deserved five stars. Keyes doesn't hit a false note in his story of the rise and fall of Charlie, a mentally retarded custodian at a bakery who briefly becomes a towering genius thanks to an experimental brain operation, only to loose it all as the effects turn out to be temporary. Worse, Charlie's deterioration is beyond even his advanced abilities to stop or reverse it; he has to bear the slow terror of sliding back down to his previous diminished mental capacity, with the hint that he- like Algernon, the lab mouse of the book title that was first to benefit from the operation- might die too. Although considered by some to be a "just" a sentimental story with a tearjerk ending, Charlie is a fully realized character from start to finish, one whose plight keeps you turning the pages, which is why this novel rates so highly. If you're a new fan of science fiction, or just want to sample what the genre has to offer, Flowers for Algernon should be high on your "must read" list. A newer novel with a similar theme is An Audience for Einstein, another book with an emotionally charged, touching ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FreeToRhyme on Sept. 26 2005
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This book was touching and meaningful. If you are a fan of faster paced books, this novel may not be for you. Flowers For Algernon moves relatively slowly, and readers grow attached to the main characters. Within the novel lies different messages concerning morals and everyday struggles.
Unique, and unlike any other books I have read before. You may want to pick it up and have a read.
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Very thought-provoking. An example of how there is never an easy solution to complicated problems. I love the 1st person style - it really makes the story complete.
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By fionah on June 19 2014
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A good read, and simply written. I flew through this book and enjoyed it, I have since recommended it to friends.
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By Amazon Customer on April 13 2014
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This book should be recommended for life. Those who choose not to read it should be cursed to mentally stay in their teens until done so.
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I guess the reason why I purchased this book in the first place is because I really liked the movie but the book was so much better. The movie leaves so much out and as good as it was, the part that was left out was the best part. This being the case,the book was a pleasant surprise. I can always tell when I read an exceptional book because it stays with me for a time after I read it, like an aftertaste. I have to tell you, the price was amazing and in no way reflects the quality of this book. Would I recomend this book to anyone? I already have. I even bought one for my daughter. It really earned the five stars I am giving it so let me take this opportunaty to suggest that you read it too. It is such a heartwarming story full of genuine emotion and self reflection. Written in first person, narrative, it makes you think, it makes you question things you might otherwise have never thought about, and it makes you feel like you have an emotional investment in the character from his rise to his greatest achievements to his eventual downfall. It's a page turner. If you have a heart, you'll love this book.
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This book brought be back to my childhood. Its a great read if you want your heart ripped out.
IF YOU WHERE FORCED TO READ THIS BOOK IN HIGH SCHOOL I STRONGLY RECOMMEND A REREAD
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