Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon

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The classic novel about a daring experiment in human intelligence 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 220g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857989384
  • 9781857989380
  • 21,676

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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Review quote

A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching * New York Times * Strikingly original * Publishers Weekly * A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic * Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels * Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart * Guardian Online * Excellent . . . extremely moving * The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * A timeless tearjerker * Independent * A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant * Guardian * 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 *
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Rating details

347,145 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 39% (134,960)
4 36% (126,152)
3 19% (66,526)
2 4% (15,167)
1 1% (4,340)

Our customer reviews

I read this book a couple of years ago. I had seen the movie Charlie when I was young, but this was the first time I read the book. It was a great book--completely enthralling. I would recommend it highly to anyone. There are a few issues here and there--sex and some language issues--but Danile Keyes indeed wrote a book that truly captured the mind of the main more
by Ruth Hill
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