Flowers for Algernon

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Harcourt Incorporated, May 1, 2005 - Fiction - 311 pages
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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.

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Brilliant writing and impressive character development. - Goodreads
Oh, I hated the ending of this book! - weRead
The plot itself was amazing. - Goodreads
Kind of an unfair, one-note portrayal of scientists. - Goodreads
Not my favorite, although I liked the premise. - Goodreads
It well-written and easy to read. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Martin Goetz - Goodreads

I liked it a lot, little dated but there are plenty of "timeless" themes that are still applicable to life. Read full review

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User Review  - Alejandra Ceja - Goodreads

My second most favorite book! The story of the progression and deterioration of Charlie's cognitive abilities, told through his experiences, is absolutely compelling, heartbreaking. Read full review

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Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He has worked as a merchant seaman, fiction editor, high school teacher, and university professor. The author of eight books, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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