Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

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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.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780547539638

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 20, 2018

Mind-opening books have a special place in my heart, and this one definitely hit home. Charlie is a member of society classified under "mentally handicapped," but all he wants to be is intelligent. When a miracle appears to happen in a scientific experiment conducted on him, he suddenly acquires more knowledge than he anticipated. The ways of the world become apparent to him, and the injustice is brought to light. It was incredibly difficult to read at parts and I'm glad that the author doesn't shy away from the truths of human nature. When things go wrong, there is no "happy" ending, but only an awareness of what the reader now feels.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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NaMe24
Jul 01, 2018

I had a coworker who declared this not just to be her favorite book but an essential for anyone who enjoys reading and I couldn't agree more. For me personally, this book is written beautifully and tackles great themes of life, intelligence, and true perspective. Anyone who enjoys a written novel must take it upon themselves to get through this book once in their life.

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toberhanno
Oct 19, 2017

Go with the original novella instead of any of its made-for-the-money adaptions. Not only is the original more heartbreaking than any of the adaptions, it’s more harrowing.

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bell_ugh
Oct 15, 2017

Heart breaking and wonderful. Get those tissues out because you'll be sobbing 'til the end.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 08, 2017

Heartbreaking tale.

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meggynbun
Jun 20, 2017

Extraordinary! Will wreak havoc with your emotions.

this is a classic children's story, filled with pathos. so good, only Old Yeller can compare.

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Starpoem
May 07, 2017

I read the short story version of Flowers for Algernon years ago, and I find that I prefer that version over the full-length novel. The novel includes a lot of outdated psychobabble and strange sexual content. Still, the novel and the short story both make two very good points: that everyone's personhood should be respected and that the heart is just as important as the brain.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

Amazing and thoughts provoking.

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AnnyBear
Apr 03, 2017

The dramatical irony and allusion in this book are both very interesting.

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

"...Don't feel sorry for me. I'm glad I had a second chance in life like you said to be smart because I learned a lot of things that I never knew were in this world, and I'm grateful I saw it even for a little bit.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“That's the thing about human life--there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“Now I understand that one of the important reasons for going to college and getting an education is to learn that the things you've believed in all your life aren't true, and that nothing is what it appears to be.”

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“Thank God for books and music and things I can think about."

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Reeana
Jul 08, 2015

“I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”

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uhfrank
Apr 20, 2010

A mentally challenged man gets picked for a surgical procedure that allows his mind to keep the information he absorbs, which makes him become highly intelligent in such a short period of time. It deals with him looking to discover and understand himself.

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