Flowers For Algernon (S.F. Masterworks) Book

Daniel Keyes wrote little SF but is highly regarded for one classic, Flowers for Algernon. As a 1959 novella it won a Hugo award; the 1966 novel-length expansion won a Nebula. The Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly (1968) also spawned a 1980 Broadway musical.Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in a semi-literate "progris riports". He dimly wants to better himself but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving:I dint feel bad because I watched Algernon and I lernd how to finish the amaze even if it takes me along time.I dint know mice were so smart.Algernon is extra-clever thanks to an experimental brain operation so far tried only on animals. Charlie eagerly volunteers as the first human subject. After frustrating delays and agonies of concentration, the effects begin to show and the reports steadily improve: "Punctuation, is fun!" But getting smarter brings cruel shocks, as Charlie realises that his merry "friends" at the bakery where he sweeps the floor have all along been laughing at him, never with him. The IQ rise continues, taking him steadily past the human average to genius level and beyond, until he's as intellectually alone as the old, foolish Charlie ever was--and now painfully aware of it. Then, ominously, the smart mouse Algernon begins to deteriorate ... A timeless tear-jerker with a terrific emotional impact, Flowers for Algernon is the 25th choice in the millennium SF Masterworks series. --David LangfordRead More

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    Classic novel of a daring experiment in human intelligence.

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    A classic sci-fi novel that still resonates today, Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon follows the life of floor sweeper Charlie Gordon as an experiment turns him into a genius...With an IQ of 68, Charlie used to be the butt of everyone's jokes but an experiment improves his life immeasurably. When Algernon - the mouse the experiment was tested on before him - dies, Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary...Thought-provoking and sure to appeal to today's young adult audience, this is a book fully deserving of its status.

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    Charlie Gordon IQ 68 is a floor sweeper and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his fades and dies and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

  • 1857989384
  • 9781857989380
  • Daniel Keyes
  • 13 January 2000
  • Gollancz
  • Paperback (Book)
  • 224
  • New Ed

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