Flowers for Algernon: Student Edition

Flowers for Algernon: Student Edition

Mass Market Paperback | May 31, 2004

byDaniel Keyes

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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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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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Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. As the treatment takes ...

Daniel Keyes (1927 - 2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon , first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly . He also work...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.9 × 4.32 × 0.89 inPublished:May 31, 2004Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780156030083

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching novel This book was extremely moving and really makes the reader question whether what is desired an conventional is actually good
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i think everyone should read this a look into the view that with great knowledge does come great responsibility and that maybe ignorance is bliss. this first-person narrative really gets you into the mind of the main character and as he learns, so do you. but maybe you'll realize, like he slowly comes to see, that knowing isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Read this book in my english class, a bit lazy to read in the beginning but then the pace speeds up around the middle of the book. Overall, its a really good book to read.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad Like many reviewers, I encountered this novel in high school. It was more moving that I initially thought it would be and it deals with some pretty heavy themes. It is a good book that feels more fast-paced and less dramatic than it actually is.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic! I read this in high school and remembered really enjoying it, now fast forward around 15 years later and decided to re read it and to my surprise it was probably better. All I have to say there is a reason that this book is mentioned as one of the great modern classics! I won't give to much away just in the review so you will read it!!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I originally borrowed this book from the library after my brother recommended it. Wow.It will make you feel connections with those under-represented in society from those with disabilities to issues of animal welfare to those who just plain feel misunderstood. Bring tissues. This book is literally life-altering. I got a tattoo in honour of it, and yes, I bought my own copy.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flowers... What I would consider a quick read, or maybe read it quickly because I was captivated. Written like journal entries in first person. I don't know what to say without giving too much away. I recommend this book to everyone on matter their genre preferences.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is ignorance bliss? This book made me think about the relationship between intelligence and happiness. It also made me uncomfortable thinking about what it would be like to lose my intelligence. Great writing technique and engaging story. Everyone should read this.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horiblie paneful buk No ideu why this buk is so populr or why so meny hav loved it? I fownd it to be horibil and paneful, not to menshion reely sad.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horiblie paneful buk Enjoyed how the immediate, progression, regression, and termination of the plot and person were woven together. I did want to take action on the bullies although.
Date published: 2013-11-30
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 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' 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

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progris riport 1 martch 3Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donners bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my brithday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center for retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off. Dr. Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but I cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today...yrs truly Charlie Gordon.progris riport 2-martch 4I had a test today. I think I faled it and I think mabye now they wont use me. What happind is I went to Prof Nemurs office on my lunch time like they said and his secertery took me to a place that said psych dept on the door with a long hall and alot of littel rooms with onley a desk and chares. And a nice man was in one of the rooms and he had some wite cards with ink spilld all over them. He sed sit down Charlie and make yourself cunfortible and rilax. He had a wite coat like a docter but I dont think he was no docter because he dint tell me to opin my mouth and say ah. All he had was those wite cards. His name is Burt. I fergot his last name because I dont remembir so good. I dint know what he was gonna do and I was holding on tite to the chair like sometimes when I go to a dentist onley Burt aint no dentist neither but he kept telling me to rilax and that gets me skared because it always means its gonna hert. So Burt sed Charlie what do you see on this card. I saw the spilld ink and I was very skared even tho I got my rabits foot in my pockit because when I was a kid I always faled tests in school and I spilld ink to. I tolld Burt I saw ink spilld on a wite card. Burt said yes and he smild and that maid me feel good. He kept terning all the cards and I tolld him somebody spilld ink on all of them red and black. I thot that was a easy test but when I got up to go Burt stoppd me and said now sit down Charlie we are not thru yet. Theres more we got to do with these cards. I dint understand about it but I remembir Dr Strauss said do anything the testor telld me even if it dont make no sense because thats testing. I dont remembir so good what Burt said but I remembir he wantid me to say what was in the ink. I dint see nothing in the ink but Burt sed there was picturs there. I coudnt see no picturs. I reely tryed to see. I holded the card up close and then far away. Then I said if I had my eye glassis I coud probaly see better I usully only ware my eyeglassis in the movies or to watch TV but I sed maybe they will help me see the picturs in the ink. I put them on and I said now let me see the card agan I bet I find it now. I tryed hard but I still coudnt find the picturs I only saw the ink. I tolld Burt mabey I need new glassis. He rote somthing down on a paper and I got skared of faling the test. So I tolld him it was a very nice pictur of ink with pritty points all around the eges but he shaked his head so that wasnt it neither. I asked him if other pepul saw things in the ink and he sed yes they imagen picturs in the inkblot. He tolld me the ink on the card was calld inkblot. Burt is very nice and he talks slow like Miss Kinnian dose in her class where I go to lern reeding for slow adults. He explaned me it was a raw shok test. He sed pepul see things in the ink. I said show me where. He dint show me he just kept saying think imagen theres something on the card. I tolld him I imaggen a inkblot. He shaked his head so that wasnt rite eather. He said what does it remind you of pretend its something. I closd my eyes for a long time to pretend and then I said I pretend a bottel of ink spilld all over a wite card. And thats when the point on his pencel broke and then we got up and went out. I dont think I passd the raw shok test.3d progris riportmartch 5-Dr Strauss and prof Nemur say it dont matter about the ink on the cards. I tolld them I dint spill the ink on them and I coudnt see anything in the ink. They said maybe they will still use me. I tolld Dr Strauss that Miss Kinnian never gave me tests like that only riting and reeding. He said Miss Kinnian tolld him I was her bestist pupil in the Beekman School for retarted adults and I tryed the hardist becaus I reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me. Dr Strauss askd me how come you went to the Beekman School all by yourself Charlie. How did you find out about it. I said I dont remembir. Prof Nemur said but why did you want to lern to reed and spell in the frist place. I tolld him because all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells me but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot. Dr Strauss rote some things on a peice of paper and prof Nemur talkd to me very sereus. He said you know Charlie we are not shure how this experamint will werk on pepul because we onley tried it up to now on animils. I said thats what Miss Kinnian tolld me but I dont even care if it herts or anything because Im strong and I will werk hard. I want to get smart if they will let me. They said they got to get permissen from my familie but my uncle Herman who use to take care of me is ded and I dont rimember about my familie. I dint see my mother or father or my littel sister Norma for a long long long time. Mabye their ded to. Dr. Strauss askd me where they use to live. I think in brooklin. He sed they will see if mabye they can find them. I hope I dont have to rite to much of these progris riports because it takes along time and I get to sleep very late and Im tired at werk in the morning. Gimpy hollered at me because I droppd a tray full of rolles I was carrying over to the oven. They got derty and he had to wipe them off before he put them in to bake. Gimpy hollers at me all the time when I do something rong, but he reely likes me because hes my frend. Boy if I get smart wont he be serprised.Copyright © 1966, 1959 by Daniel KeyesCopyright renewed 1994, 1987 by Daniel KeyesAll rights reserved. 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PRAISE FOR FLOWERS FOR ALGERNONA tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching." - The New York Times "An ingeniously touching story . . . Moving . . . Intensely real." - The Baltimore Sun "