Flowers For Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | December 1, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Flowers For Algernon is rated 4.5882 out of 5 by 17.
Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

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Published: December 1, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547539630

ISBN - 13: 9780547539638

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "If only time would stand still" It didn't occur to me that this book was written in the 60s. I knew it was a contemporary classic, but I figured it was more around the 80s. There were hints everywhere, such as the choice of some words that are less socially acceptable today, and the scientific breakthroughs mentioned that now are knowledge taken for granted, so herein lies the wonder of "Flowers for Algernon": it is timeless. Charlie Gordon is a mentally challenged person who gets an operation as the first human-test subject in a scientific experiment to increase his IQ. Everything has worked out well with the mouse Algernon, and similarly, Charlie becomes more intelligent at an exponential rate. This is reflected in his diary entries, which serve as progress reports for the experiment. He writes in broken sentences, and improper spelling and punctuations, but his nativity and amiable nature shines through his thoughts. As he changes, so do the level of his language command and the range of topics he writes of, all which seem so regular to us but so foreign to him. It intimidates him and also captivates him, and we too are drawn to Charlie and his story. He explores his shrouded childhood, learns of a different side to his emotional capacity, and discovers the good, the bad, and the ugly of a brand new world opening up to him. "Flowers for Algernon" takes a very insightful look at what it means to be loved and disliked, to be "normal" or "extraordinary", to be bullied and forgotten, to be hopeful and disappointed, and to live and be treated by this society as a human being. It will rattle you, challenge you, and touch you in the simplest of ways.
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Flowers for Algernon is an amazing science fiction story with a touch of reality in it. This story is about a mentally disabled man with a genetic disease Phenylketonuria. This book offers a glimpse into the life of a person with untreated PKU and a proper low-protein diet from birth. Due to the fact that I have a family member with this disease, parts of this book are a bit painful to read. With Charlies high's and low's of gaining intelligence, to his perspective of the world around him, to other people's perspective of him and his changing intelligence. Although the gist of this story is not real.. the genetic disease is and the plot to the story is very touching.I would highly recommend giving this book a read!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unusual Book This book is definitely one of a kind - I've never read a story like this. It's somewhat sad, so it's not a light book to read, but it is worth a read.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where is my mind? This novel challenges many issues and ideas in the world in extremely engaging ways, and emphasized all the more because this is a fictional novel and not a journal article. Charlie's difficult journey is not set on a plane of understanding that we can not ever achieve despite its science fictional parameters; it is so human, it aches. Do not be thrown by its diary-like entries in the beginning - it only reflects Charlie's progress all the more as he ventures deeper into what it means not only to be human, but what it takes to become a person, and in whose eyes and the illogical reasons why. My mind was blown away.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching,Insightful, Moving (No Spoilers) I also read this book in grade 10 English. After a plethora of forgettable curriculum books, this one blew me away. Charlie is a mentally challenged man, who undergoes an experiment to increase his intelligence. His intelligence triples and we (the reader) go along with him on this emotional and heart churning journey of discovery. This is a book which shows us the highs and lows of “society” and we get to see this world through (essentially) the eyes of a child. It is an amazing book.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flowers for Algernon 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. My daughter read the book and told me I should read it and of course I remembered the movie and so I definitely wanted to read the book. The book is intriguing; to think of the possibility to give a mentally challenged person a genius' IQ...wow the implications and the effects on the psyche are unfathomable. This book explores these ideas and it does a good job. Charlie Gordon is born mentally challenged and his mother does not accept the fact and is constantly trying to fix his problem and is cruel to him and eventually sends him off to a home, so she can "protect" his little sister from him. Charlie works in a bakery and goes to a school to learn how to read and write and is picked for the scientific study of increasing IQ through an operation. The operation succeeds and Charlie is propelled into a world of intelligence, but there is a flaw in the science and Charlie and his intellect figure it out. It is a thought provoking book and it makes us look at how we treat people based on their intelligence. I found it hard to like Charlie when he was mentally challenged and when he was a genius, that is the one weakness in the book is the lack of connection with the main character or any character...there just seems to be a distance from the reader. With a bit more emotion this book would have been outstanding.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ridiculously amazing book I absolutely adored this book. The story is thought-provoking and captivating, the characters are both reasonably familiar and alien enough to warrant investigation, the plot is thick, and the writing beautifully conveys the emotion of the character. Absoultely a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, or anyone with an interest in science fiction. Just a wonderful book in its entirety.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Bad! This book was just okay. The plot was different then anything I have read which was good. But the language didn't move or thrill me. Overall it wasn't bad.
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Astonishing Journey Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, the story of a mentally handicapped man named Charlie who undergoes a surgery that increases his mental capacity immensely but has unforeseen results, is a brilliant and tragic novel. I fell in love with the protagonist from the first page for his simple, good nature and childlike innocence. The metamorphosis that Charlie takes from being low IQ to being a genius is remarkably described. Keyes clearly put a lot of thought into exactly what such a transition would be like because it‘s such a real and powerful journey for the reader. His exploration of intelligence and isolation is haunting. This book offered many surprises for me in relation to my reactions to the changes occurring within Charlie. I liked Charlie and his personality at the beginning of the novel, but as he progressed intellectually, I started disliking him for his selfish behaviour and arrogant attitude. Throughout it all, I pitied him, but I pitied him the most at his intellectual peak, not at his lowest point. I think that says a lot. That reaction leads me to wonder how much I would change if my intelligence was suddenly increased and if I would be better off. Flowers for Algernon is a novel that will provoke all sorts of thoughts and self-reflections. The ending choked me up. It’s easy to get surprisingly attached to Charlie and suffer with him while he suffers and grieves. I don’t think this novel could have been written better. It was perfect to me with its sadness and loss. Flowers for Algernon holds a lot of insight about intelligence, happiness, love, loneliness, and friendship. I would recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it "Flowers for Algernon" is an all-time classic that I love. Charlie, a mentally disabled man, was given a chance to have his intelligence experimentally enhanced as Algernon, a lab mouse which had gone through the same procedure. The super-IQ Charlie experienced major changes in the way he lives his life. All went reasonably well until Algernon started to deteriorate unexpectedly. Charlie knew then that the same thing would happen to him and invest all his energy in the quest to preserve his IQ. One of the last scene of Charlie praying for his language ability touches me deeply. I then realize how lucky we are even to have the simple blessing of being able to read and write.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was extremely enticing--surprisingly so, especially because of the unusual premise. It's amazing the way Charlie picked up the spelling and grammar after only one progress report in his journal, and you felt as if you were there, amazed by his sudden recovery. He seemed like the kind of person that you would want to meet, who, though lacking the usual knowledge and experience, was a genuinely nice person. I can't imagine doing the things to him that the men at the bakery did; I felt like crying at some parts in the book, especially the end when he asks if someone can put flowers on Algernon's grave. This is an amazing book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who can read.
Date published: 2007-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have for any reader. This book was extremely enticing--surprisingly so, especially because of the unusual premise. It's amazing the way Charlie picked up the spelling and grammar after only one progress report in his journal, and you felt as if you were there, amazed by his sudden recovery. He seemed like the kind of person that you would want to meet, who, though lacking the usual knowledge and experience, was a genuinely nice person. I can't imagine doing the things to him that the men at the bakery did; I felt like crying at some parts in the book, especially the end when he asks if someone can put flowers on Algernon's grave. This is an amazing book, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who can read.
Date published: 2007-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No wonder it won the hugo I wasn't expecting the story to be from Charlie (the handicapped man)'s point of view. It made the story much more poignant and heart-wrenching. You feel sorry for Charlie as he slowly learns, as he becomes more intelligent, that the world is not the nice place he always believed it was.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charlie vs Himself Daniel Keyes is an amazing author that has a unique gift. He allows the reader to be so included into the novel they too feel its themselves they are battling with. I absolutly recommend this book to anyone that has a heart, it will warm and touch the soul.
Date published: 2005-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Touching! I had to read this book for grade 10 English. When I first started reading it, I thought it would just be another novel. But this one really touched me and, not to spoil the ending, at the end I cried. You will too as this book really gets you into the character of Charlie Gordon. I highly recommend it, whether for a review/assignment or simply as a leisure book.
Date published: 2003-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb!! What a great read for everyone. A story of determintation, success and love. Charly Gordon is like a child growing up in his adulthood and his journey to it is a wake up call that this world can be harsh and cruel, when all everyone wants is to tug and pull at your every limb. I definitely recommend this book to people of all ages and take into consideration that some are less fortunate than our selves and we need to treat everyone equally!! So, go on and read this book, you're sure to love it.
Date published: 2002-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flowers for Algernon This book takes an amazingly insightful look the way mentally challenged people are treated in society. The way the author builds his plot and characters illustrates the theme in the clearest and most powerful way. Only through the eyes of someone who has been both mentally challenged and brilliant is it clear of what a horibly ignorant and heartless society we live in.
Date published: 2000-02-05

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Flowers For Algernon

by Daniel Keyes

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: December 1, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547539630

ISBN - 13: 9780547539638

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Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.
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