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Flowers for Algernon - short

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Creative Education's short story collections are ideal introductions to some of the world's best-known authors. the short, timeless classics of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Ray Bradbury, and others are celebrated in these handsome volumes.
Library Binding, Limited Edition, Creative's classic short stories., 60 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Creative Education (first published 1959)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
5 stars for the original short story version, which won the Hugo Award in 1960, and which I prefer over the later novelization.

Charlie Gordon, a kindhearted man with an IQ of 68, is chosen for an experimental surgery to triple his intelligence. In a series of journal entries, riddled with mistakes and misunderstandings at first, he tells about his job as a janitor and how friendly all his co-workers are (it's painfully clear that they're actually teasing and making fun of him because of his low
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-reads
Reread this last night. I think it's the first story I'd ever read that I would honestly call a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Read here:

This short story, at a mere 23 pages, says more about intelligence, human discourse, and interrelationship than most novels that are 3-6 times as long. It discusses issues of mental health along with the ramifications of sudden intellectual growth, or, in another way, the way a person would feel when they meet someone after 10 years to find that the image they had of them is completely different from the new reality. Or, another way, imagine som
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficci-n
Cuento ganador de varios premios, después el autor lo transformaría en una novela.
Es un obra bastante emotiva y triste, sin bien es ciencia ficción, podría gustar a cualquier persona, ya que trata un tema bastante universal, y lo propio de sci-fi es mínimo.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts, sci-fi
He didn't forget Algernon and neither do we forget Charlie.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had been wanting to read this again, what an amazing book, sad though :(
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, racconto
Lessi il romanzo tratto dal racconto almeno tre decenni fa. Ricordo poco della trama complessiva, così come conservo solo brevi flash del film "I due mondi di Charlie".
Quello che ricordo è in pratica il racconto originale da cui sia romanzo che film derivano.
Breve e incisivo, senza troppe sovrastrutture o episodi aggiuntivi, forse utili solo ad allungare il brodo, il racconto narra del breve periodo che Charlie trascorre tra l'intervento che aumenterà la sua intelligenza e il nuovo sprofondare n
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I rarely ever read short stories, but with the sheer force of power called English Homework, my fate was brought before this book's pdf. This book-I must admit- accomplishes more in 25 pages than some books have woven together in 300. My initial impression was to be bored out of mind for some sci-fi based story that has been forced into my unexpectant hands. I'm, however, strangely delighted with this story. The writing style and how the complexity of words and punctuation have slowly changed as ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, but touching and powerful.
Alenka Sparrow
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever, moving, kind and disturbing. Everybody should read it.
Julie Davis
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Scott runs through a frustrating maze, Julie marvels at her ability to find Karl Urban in every inkblot she sees. We dig deep below the surface Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and find Genesis everywhere we look. Get it all in Episode 154 of A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast.

I didn't realize the hidden riches in this story, mostly remembering it as something that made me cry in high school. So I was glad to discover more when I read it for the podcast.
The short story "Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Finn Z.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mental-disorders
I loved this book, although it brought a lot of conflicting emotions for me. But I do believe everyone should read either this or the novel version of Flowers for Algernon. It truly is an amazing story. And, I have realized that it has inspired me to look more into the psychological thriller/science fiction genre a bit. All of these fictional surgeries and intelligence gain+loss probably influenced it.
Megan H. 6 Harris
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flowers for Algernon short story by Daniel Keyes is a story about Charlie Gordon and brain science. Charlie Gordon is a 37 year old man with a mind disability. He goes to a night school with other students like him. Charlie is chosen to be operated on to improve his learning and thinking skills. After the operation Charlie starts to become smarter past the IQ of 200. Algernon is the mouse that had the same operation before Charlie and became smart. But, Algernon starts to deteriorate rapidly. Ev ...more
Simo Ibourki
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Progris Riport Augost 27

The very first words I read were "Progris Riport". I stopped immediately to check if I downloaded the right version of the book. After a lot of research I concluded that this was just how the writer executed his idea a dumb man becoming smarter ... way smarter than any human being.

Throughout his Progris Riports we go with Charlie in his journey to become smart, he tells it all, what he feels now as a dumb person, his longing for becoming as smart as his friends are, and w
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
First impression (after reading a couple of pages): I really like this book, I think it's cute. You get an insight of being in the mind of a person with an intellectual impairment. I throughly enjoyed reading it. It is quite funny too, loved the book! Final impression: This book is so sweet, you should read it.
Grig O'
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

A good little modern fable. A bit predictable and cliched (unless this is where stuff like "pretends she has something in her eye and goes to the ladies room" was invented), and some minor inconsistencies, but it's a heartfelt story with a good message for young people. I'd just make sure my kid knows how to spell their/they're/there before letting them read this ;)
One of the best short stories I've read in a while. I will definitely need to read the full novel soon. However, I'm having trouble focusing on the novel at this moment, since I literally just completed the short story. Shall try again ASAP.
Ishita Khichar
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable, disturbing story that you just... adore. It is a very sad, but I fell in love with the book. Couldn't help it. Beautiful work of art that deserves all the praise it gets.
Feb 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanai
Vienas geriausių grožinės literatūros kūrinių skaitytų 2008 m. :)
Kat Phase
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite short stories of all time!
I go back to it ever once in a while and read it again! It's a great short story.
Kahliapi L.5
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the short story Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes puts the readers on this emotional ride that keeps them entertained at all times reading this story. It is about a man named Charlie Gordon who is 37 and only has an IQ of 67. He really wants to become smart so he goes under this procedure that will triple his IQ. However, now that his IQ has tripled he he goes threw a lot of things the old Charlie Gordon wouldn’t have to. This short story was made into a movie. They are both great ...more
Alexis N. 5
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Makenzie S. 6 Smith
The book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a Science fictional book. The book is about a 32 year old handicap man named Charlie Gordon. He works at Donner's Bakery, which is a bread factory and gets teased by his other colleagues. Since Charlie isn't very smart he didn't know they were making fun of him. Then new technology comes out and it can make incapable people like Charlie become smart, Charlie decides to do the operation. I found this book very valuable because it was a sweet, heart ...more
Callie T 1
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flowers for Algernon By Daniel Keyes is about a man in his 30s' named Charlie with a mental disability. He has an IQ of 68 or in other words is very dumb. Charlie goes to a Adult school everyday to learn the basics of a second grader. Charlie is selected to have an operation on his brain to make him smarter. I enjoyed this book because it had a lot of meaning. This book was very well written even though it may not seem like it. I did not like how the spelling was often messed up but that was nec ...more
Jack L 6
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is about a mentally disabled man named Charlie on a quest to become smart. He is chosen for a surgical operation that should boost his IQ to over 200. After the operation the doctors say that it will take time for his intelligence to boost, so they start to run tests on Charlie. They let him do a maze and he races against a mouse that has had the same operation he had so the mouse is also super smart. This mouse's name is Algernon. I liked thi ...more
Zack S. 6 Stilson
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes talks about a man named Charlie Gordon he is 32 years old and he has a learning disability that makes it hard for him to learn. He goes to a special school with other people that are about the same age as him that are also mentally handicapped. Dr. Strauss a neurologist comes to the school and wants to do an experiment on one of the people and he picks Charlie. Every time Charlie would do something and everyone would start laughing at him but he didn't know t ...more
Bailey M.  6
Flowers for Algernon, a short story written by Daniel Keys. This book is about a boy naned Charlie and he is a disorderd kid. He is also the first test subject that the doctors use to test on his brain. He is not smart and so they give him a mouse to keep by his side named Algernon. Charlie and Algernon have a good adventure type of thing after that. I like this book because it shows that it is okay to be a-little less smart than others. And I like that because I am not as smart as others and I ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister has fond memories of me reading the novel based on this story to her when we were kids. I can't remember doing that at all. So, I decided to read the original short story to jog my memory. Seeing the cover, the one with the "Charly" clumsily written under an image of a man and woman at the shore, brought back some vague images, but I had to read it to understand why my sister remembers it so well. I like the short story because it does such a great job of conveying, in his own words, w ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the fact that I could read a short story instead of the novel, I do not think that my impression of the book would have been good if the it was longer. The short story, however, was pretty good. The imitation of the actual reporting by a retarded person via misspelling words and broken structures of the sentences was an interesting move. Overall the characters are quite believable and I could relate to some of their feelings. I liked the plot and the idea.
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Daniel Keyes was an American author best known for his Hugo award-winning short story and Nebula award-winning novel Flowers for Algernon. Keyes was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.

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
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“Розум — одне з найбільших людських обдарувань. Але дуже часто пошуки знання перешкоджають пошукам любові. Це ще одна істина, яку я відкрив для себе зовсім недавно. Я пропоную її вам як гіпотезу: розум без здатності віддавати й отримувати любов приводить до ментального й морального зриву, до неврозу й, можливо, навіть до психозу. А ще я скажу, що розум, який зосередився на собі як на центрі, що виключає людські взаємини, може привести тільки до насильства й болю [246].” 0 likes
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