Flowers for Algernon
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ... show more
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
Publish date: May 1st 2005
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 311
Edition language: English
Well, I finished. The book was fascinating. To see the changes in Charlie as he goes from being intellectually disabled with an IQ of around 70, to a genius. His different emotions and experiences are portrayed beautifully by the author. As a reader, we see the changes in the language Charlie uses i...
I read this when I was about 12 or 13, and now I'm re-reading it, for nostalgia, I guess, and because I was reminded of it a few weeks back, when I saw an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which kind of riffs on Flowers for Algernon. But there's something weird going on here, because I...
And I'm just sorry I waited so long to read this book. I'd skipped over it on sale a couple times, because the movie left me feeing melancholy. Despite the ending, which I remembered as depressing, I felt buoyant after reading this book: there's something about finishing something truly spectacula...
Finished reading Flowers for Algernon sobbing like someone had died, dammit. Stylistically not my favorite but so well thought out it doesn't really matter.
This was my first time reading the full-length book but, like many Americans, I read the original short story as a child in school. That was nearly thirty years ago, but I still remembered the basic story quite well. Flowers for Algernon is the kind of story that makes an impression. The premise,...