Flowers for Algernon
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.
This book explores such themes as the nature of intelligence, the effects of intelligence on the way you see others and the world around you, as well as social attitudes towards people with mental problems.
The narrative structure is a series of progress repo...more
One reviewer mentioned the abridged version he read in school had trimmed all the sexual bits. What a shame! I may have arrived late, but at least that meant I was introduced to the raw version. The investigation of a 32 year old man struggling fo...more
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"..the men of the cave would say of him that up
he went and down he came without the eyes..."
There hasn't been a book - so far - that has moved me to tears like Flowers for Algernon did. I still had several pages to go before the end of the novel, but already I was clumsily wiping my eyes and runny nose, concealing my face from my husband lest he think me silly for crying over a book.
Flowers for Algernon is about Charlie Gordon, a 33-year-old mental retardate whose (in)...more
I love stories in which a character gets smarter, and I liked how Keyes showed Charlie's transformation from a "retardate" to genius, and how Charlie suddenly understood his world better. But what goes up, must come down, and the last part of the story is heartbreaking. The story raises so many questions: Is it ethical to experiment on humans? Was Charlie better off when he was smart? Or was ignorance bliss?
I would rec...more
Winner: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1967)
Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Award
Voted to Locus list of All Time...more
Charlie, the title of the movie made from this book & the name of the hero, is retarded. Science gives him intelligence, along with Algernon, a lab rat. The story is told through Charlie's diary & feels very personal. Very well done.
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Charlie gains intelligence, love & yet no mastery of his fate. He becomes a genius & the...more
This book tricked me. It's the 25th novel released as a part of the SF Masterworks, but it's hardly science-fictiony - which is totally not what I expected: I thought that the novel would be set in deep space and would serve as a commentary on the (mis)use of new, extraordinary technolog...more
Daniel Keyes ISBN 9780156030083
“My name is Charlie Gordon…I am 32 years old…I don’t no why Im dumb…or what I did rong. Maybe its because I dint try hard enuf. ” Charlie Gordon isn’t like any adults that you see on the street. In this novel, Flowers for Algernon Charlie is a man who is naturally born with low IQ. But he does one thing that almost none of the men you see on the street could do. He changes the history of science with his hard work and persis...more
"She said for a person who God gave so little to you did more than a lot of people with brains they never even used. I said that all my friends are smart people and their good. They like me and they never did anything that wasnt nice. Then she got something in her eye and she had to run out to the ladys room."Ah! Right in the feels! (Don't worry about the typos, they are supposed to be there!).
I read Flowers for Algernon decades ago in its original short story form, this is one of those stories...more
I dunno. Books from this era just bug me in general. They are so smugly sure of their analysis of the whys and wherefores of human nature, yet they still cling to the archetypes. Charlie knows The Puffed-up Scientist and The Down-to-earth Sci...more
For those who have not read it, is a must - in its 200 odd pages it explores so many fundamental issues facing us in wresting with our own human nature. Most of all it is an exploration of how do we decide the value...more
1) I never read this book in school.
2) For some reason, this book is associated with the A-bomb in my mind. No idea why.
3) There was beer at my bookclub meeting, and I drank a goodish amount of it, so this review may ramble.
Needless to say, Flowers for Algernon was very, very different than I had always thought. I honestly cannot tell you why I thought that... just that I did. It's just one of those weird association things that people have. O...more
This book had a wonderful premise – Charlie Gordon, a 32-year old mentally retarded man, but kind, warm and enthusiastic to become ‘smart’ like his peers, is chosen for an experiment to increase his IQ – after the experiment was successful on Algernon, a white lab mouse. With a successful operation, he starts gaining ‘smartness’ exponentially, and over the course of several months, turns into a genius – but at a price – not only does he learn about the bitter truths of living in a cruel world, b...more
I loved it. I really loved it. I even cried at the end, which is so, so rare these days (unless I read Nicholas Sparks who always seems to get me at the end with his overtly emotional drama. Blast him.).
Charlie Gordon is a thirty-two mentally retarded man with an IQ of 70. He works as a janitor and errand boy in a bakery and considers his life good and happy bec...more
The power indicator lit up and a humming sound from the amplifier was audible to the sensory perceptions. I pressed the number five button on the remote to get to the music I intend to listen to, and Gilman started to be heard from the speakers:
♫ "My time on Earth
Long as it seems
Is just a moment
In the grande scheme of things
A short refrain
Of life's endless song
Sung only once
And then we're gone" ♪
Reading Flowers of Algernon has caused me to believe that a person's existenc...more
ETA May 2012. Since the last time I read this, I've read lots of fiction and non-fiction on brain science. Memoirs of people with autism, popular psychology, fiction about our cousins the Great Apes, neuro- and cognitive- science analyses.... And still this seems perfectly authentic and feels ever so powerful. I do believe I'd enjoy it even now, if I re-read it yet again. I definitely still recommend it.
ETA July 2012. R...more
And I had almost forgotten.
It's been a long time since a book has sucker punched me in the stomach both intellectually and emotionally. Flowers for Algernon is Charlie Gordon's journa...more
I think I might have rated this a bit higher if this was the first time I experienced this story and hadn't read the short story version when I was in middle school. It is however, a heartbreaking story that I'd recommend to anyone that's not familiar with it. It's the story of what happens when a man with a very low IQ and a mouse named Algernon,become the subjects of an experimental procedure to increase their intelligence.
Much of the story is told in the form of a progress report that the pr...more
A simply incredible portraying of the emotions of humans. A mentally handicapped young man with a heart of gold plunges into the world of adulthood as he agrees to become an experiment to increase his intelligence.
This is officially the sweetest book ever. You will absolutely fall in love with the main character, Charlie, as you read this book. I know I did. This book is an INCREDIBLE example of human nature, and it touched me so much in every way that I eve...more
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Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Maritime Service as ship's purser. He obtained a B.A. in psychology from B...more