• Flowers for Algernon
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Flowers for Algernon
  • Flowers for Algernon
ISBN: 015603008X
EAN13: 9780156030083
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 14, 2004
Pages: 311
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 6.77" L x 4.17" W
Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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When we first meet Charlie he is about to embark on a compelling but dangerous journey from retardation to genius. He has only a vague understanding of what will happen, but he is aware that knowledge and the ability to write are of paramount importance. So he doesn't hesitate for a moment to cooperate in a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence, the key - he hopes - to being valued as a human being and to being loved. Daniel Keyes's powerful and highly original story of a young man whose quest for intelligence and knowledge parallels that of Algernon (the mouse who is an earlier subject of a similar experiment) remains unique in imaginative literature. We follow Charlie Gordon's mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. We watch with excitement as he becomes the focus of attention by the scientific world, his intellectual capacities far surpassing those of the psychologists and neurosurgeons who engineered his metamorphosis. We also follow the progress of his romance with two women, one who knew him before the experiment as well as with another, who knows him only as the attractive, bright, and sympathetic man he has become. And, finally, we hope against hope that what happens suddenly, unexpectedly, to Algernon will not happen to Charlie.

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5
   Great novel, worth reading at all ages.
I read Bought as one of my favorite novels, I'll read it again and again. It is a timeless story of self-realization, learning to stand up for yourself, striving for excellence and then realizing life's over. There is sadness in this book, but it is the overall message. I think the first time I heard this was when my mother read it to my sisters and I. Note also that I hate to read. But this book I will read over and over again as in H A T E. But this book I will read over and over again. It is wonderful.
 
5
   It was good enough that I had to buy it as an ...
This is a book that I read as a child and opened my eyes to different perspectives on life. It was good enough that I had to read it to my wife as an adult. The story is simple and at any level easy to comprehend. Don 't think that it makes it boring. Character development is really the driving force behind the plot.
 
5
   True artwork
I was recommended to this book by my mother, who read it as a child. Though I knew how it would end, the book filled me with hope on every new page until it didn 't. I caught myself hoping that my mother had not remembered the ending correctly and everything would be fine. Flowers for Algernon focuses on many complex issues from the mistreatment and misunderstanding of the mentally disabled, the burden of knowledge that every person with common sense thinks they understand, but does not truly understand the meaning of existence and the human condition. You don 't feel flowers for Algernon to read happy at the end. You read it to cry, take a squirting breath and then step out into the sunshine with a greater appreciation for life and the struggles of your fellow human beings.
 
5
   Amazing journey of the mind
This book has touched me on so many levels. I can relate with feeling alienated in many aspects of my life for not knowing or not being smart enough. I also relate to being smarter in other areas than most people. The alienation and loneliness is still there. This is a great journey from the listless pits of ignorance and ineptitude to the profound heights of knowledge and understanding... And back... But most of all this is a book on the search for love and acceptance.
 
5
   True artwork
My mother recommended this book when I was a child. I was filled with hope on every new page, even though I knew how it would end. I was hoping that my mother didn't remember the ending correctly. The burden of knowledge that every person with common sense doesn't understand is one of the many complex issues that Flowers for Algernon addresses. You should not read Flowers for Algernon to be happy at the end. You read it to cry and then step out into the sunshine with a greater appreciation for life and the struggles of your fellow human beings.
 
5
   It was good enough that I had to buy it as an ...
I opened my eyes to different viewpoints when I read this as a child. I had to read it to my wife when I was a child. The story is straightforward and easy to comprehend. Don't think it makes it boring. The character development is the most important part of the plot.
 
2
   Disappointed by condition
This is a favorite book of mine that I wanted to share with my child. The sides were in great shape and the book looked unread. Unfortunately, although the condition was described as very good, the entire front cover and part of the first page were covered in a personal note. A signed note of this size changes the condition and should be included in the description in the future.
 
5
   A superb must read.
A striking literary achievement. I gave copies to two English teachers in my family and were blown away. A book that can be discussed and pondered is a book that can be written. A unique and intriguing narrator.
 
1
   Not Appropriate for Teens
I bought this book to read with my 13 year old thinking, I remembered reading and enjoying it as a kid. After a while, I realized that it had made an impression on me, but for a different reason, and there is no way that I read that whole book again. The story line itself is interesting, but especially for my kid there are whole pages at a time that I had to skip for sexual references that I don 't feel are appropriate for her to read casually like that. Maybe it is not really intended for young audiences, but i kept seeing it pop on book lists for teens. Anyways, a fascinating read for a more mature adult, but I would say it is a hard pass for teens.
 
1
   Not Appropriate for Teens
I bought this book to read with my 13 year old because I remembered reading it as a kid. I realized that it had made an impression on me, but for a different reason, and there's no way I would read that whole book. The story line is interesting, but I don't think it's appropriate for a child to read at a time when there are sexual references. I keep seeing it pop up on book lists for teens, maybe it's not intended for young audiences. It's a hard pass for teens, but it's a fascinating read for a more mature adult.