Flowers for Algernon
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Flowers for Algernon

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Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, the powerful, classic story about a man who receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 104 x 173 x 23mm | 159g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 015603008X
  • 9780156030083
  • 2,137

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Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.
As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD AND THE NEBULA AWARD

The classic novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie Charly
Daniel Keyes, the author of eight books, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. Professor emeritus at Ohio University, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
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Review quote

PRAISE FOR FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching.--The New York Times
An ingeniously touching story . . . Moving . . . Intensely real.--The Baltimore Sun
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522,168 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 43% (226,508)
4 35% (182,882)
3 17% (87,143)
2 4% (19,609)
1 1% (6,026)
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