- Turtleback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Demco Media; Bantam ed edition (April 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0606006745
- ISBN-13: 978-0606006743
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 717 g
- Average Customer Review: (316 customer reviews)
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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.
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 19 days ago by sabrimigna
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.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good read, and simply written. I flew through this book and enjoyed it, I have since recommended it to friends.Published 6 months ago by fionah
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.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter E. Larson
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... Read more
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read.
It's the story of the rise and fall of Charlie, a mentally challenged man who through either luck or misfortune finds... Read more