Flowers For Algernon
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Flowers For Algernon : A Modern Literary Classic

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'A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking' Guardian

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatement turns him into a genius.

Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 200 x 133 x 18mm | 225g
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474605737
  • 9781474605731
  • 776

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This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up * Conn Iggulden * A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant * Guardian * A timeless tearjerker * Independent * Excellent . . . extremely moving * The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart * Guardian Online * A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic * Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels * Strikingly original * Publishers Weekly * A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching * New York Times *
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About Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)
Born in 1927 Daniel Keyes joined the US merchant marine aged 17. He won the Hugo for the short story that Flowers for Algernon was based on and the Nebula for the novel itself. He has a masters degree in English and American literature and is a Professor of English and Creative writing. He died in June, 2014.
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519,712 ratings
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