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Flowers for Algernon [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Daniel Keyes
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September 1995
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. Charlie Gordon, who desperately wants to be able to read and write, undergoes a brain operation which dramatically increases his intelligence. But can his emotional development keep pace with the intellectual?
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Daniel Keyes wrote little SF but is highly regarded for one classic, Flowers for Algernon. As a 1959 novella it won a Hugo Award; the 1966 novel-length expansion won a Nebula. The Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly (1968) also spawned a 1980 Broadway musical.

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.

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PRAISE FOR FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
"A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching."--The New York Times
"An ingeniously touching story . . . Moving . . . Intensely real."--The Baltimore Sun
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly touching Sept. 15 1997
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, intelligent story Aug. 17 2006
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers For Algernon 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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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book June 19 2014
By fionah
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Liked the Movie But I "Loved" The Book Sept. 17 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing road to a sob fest Sept. 9 2013
By Deijay
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
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
Published 12 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge is a Precious and Painful Possession
Charlie Gordon is not very bright, but has a life that works for him. He does not understand the cruelty of his coworkers, so is able to see them as his friends. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John M. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
They say "ignorance is bliss", that really rings true to this novel.
I don't think I've ever cried this much reading.
Published on April 13 2012 by PandaThuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel
I discovered this novel after viewing the adapted film, "Charly." Once again, the film failed to do justice to the eloquent and compelling character development in "Flowers for... Read more
Published on March 5 2012 by The_Introspector
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I remember watching the movie based on this book when I was a child and I was fascinated by the movie and have often thought about it. Read more
Published on May 8 2011 by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL STORY!!!
Don't hesitate to read this book... So brilliant, so beautiful, so touching...
WOW! Buy this book as soon as you can, it worths the price!
Published on Nov. 25 2010 by djudaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, thought-provoking and ultimately heartbreaking
This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read (twice). I first had to read it sometime in high school or junior high for English class and it is the first time I... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2010 by Kieran Fox
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