Flowers for Algernon book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental qu. Flowers for Algernon is the title of a science fiction short story and a novel by American writer Although the book has often been challenged for removal from libraries in the United States and Canada, sometimes successfully, it is frequently . said it was amazed and that Algernon and me had the same amazed to do. .. about. I read the grammar book last night and it explanes the whole thing.

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Flowers for Algernon is a character study of one man, Charlie Gordon. Charlie is a year-old Book Summary. Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List. clock and lifted up a slidding door and said lets go Algernon and the mouse sniffd 2 or . Burt the tester brot me some flowers he said they down in the books. - download Flowers for Algernon book online at best prices in India on Read Flowers for Algernon book reviews & author details and more at.

How much does society demand that we conform to its ideas of normality? There is much in the book which explores the apparent conflict between the intellect and the emotion. The early Charlie is trusting and friendly with a good heart. But as his intelligence increases he becomes distant and detached, and sometimes arrogant. At one point he even says that his genius has erased his love for Alice.

But Professor Nemur is not a good role model for Charlie.

These two factors have made Charlie view the "scientific method" as being the only way to approach life, and he approaches his emotional problems in a scientific manner. The two emotional extremes are represented by Professor Nemur and Charlie's free-spirited neighbour Fay. Professor Nemur is highly intelligent, but lacks any humour or friends.

Strauss is more empathic - but it is Fay who is an embodiment of the opposite extreme. She is ruled entirely by her feelings, acting both foolishly and illogically. Alice however represents human warmth and kindness. She never believes that a disability makes anyone a lesser human, but takes genuine satisfaction from helping people. Charlie employs the scientific method throughout his intelligence-boosted phase. It is all he has seen, and becomes his guiding principle.

But when he becomes aware that in order to further his research, he is manipulating other people - especially Alice - and treating them like laboratory rats, he begins to deplore what he is doing. His highest level of emotional development is when he becomes aware of the dangers of dehumanisation which accompany the scientific pursuit of knowledge. Twinned with this is his determination to go on living as long as he can, keeping on with his progress reports, in order to pass on his unique knowledge to humanity.

His miraculous experience has given him a new perspective on life. Flowers For Algernon dates from , as an acclaimed short story in a magazine, winning the Hugo award for best short story a year later. It has been successfully adapted for television in both and In the film "Charly" , won an Oscar, and its star an Academy Award. It was even adapted as a Broadway musical in To expand a short story into a masterly novel such as this does not often succeed.

Far too often the reader can see the "cracks" and realise which parts have been artificially padded out. Flowers For Algernon 's popularity alone proves that this is not the case here.

Daniel Keyes has taken his promising initial idea, and developed it into a perfectly balanced and satisfying novel. The best science fiction has the potential to explore various philosophical ideas to do with ethics and responsibility. The author has chosen this scenario to explore the extremes of human nature, by imagining an altered version of the world, peopled with realistic characters, in a realistic environment. His genius lies in creating a work which appeals both to the people who are usually indifferent to science fiction, and also to those who love it.

The blurb on the cover of my copy says, "The story of a young man's quest for intelligence and knowledge. Charlie Gordon will break your heart. The story of Charlie Gordon did indeed break my heart. PS please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.

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Greenwich Village is like that too. Not just being close - because I don't feel it in a crowded elevator or on the subway during the rush - but on a hot night when everyone is out walking, or sitting in the theater, there is a rustling, and for a moment I brush against someone and sense the connection between the branch and trunk and the deep root.

At such moments my flesh is thin and tight, and the unbear "The walls between people are thin here, and if I listen quietly, I hear what is going on.

At such moments my flesh is thin and tight, and the unbearable hunger to be part of it drives me out to search in the dark corners and blind alleys of the night. I've had it on my list to read for quite some time, not because I thought it would be fantastic, but because I thought to myself that here is a book almost everyone has read and somehow I have not.

Well, having finished this masterpiece, I have to say wow! So thought-provoking and almost emotionally overwhelming, I really felt this novel speaking to me about love, humanity, and our purpose and place in the world.

Categorized as "young adult" and "science fiction", Flowers for Algernon is most certainly not just for the young adult and is not a science fiction novel in the typical sense no space travel or otherworldly beings in these pages , but is instead a novel that goes just outside the box of realistic fiction. It goes just beyond the boundaries of what we have accomplished in science and medicine.

Charlie Gordon is a young man with an I. He works in a bakery doing custodial work while taking classes to learn to read and write. He is a happy person, feels he has many friends, and is also driven to please people and to make himself smarter. Having been cast aside by his family, most notably his mother, much of Charlie's thoughts and actions throughout the book are a result of how he was treated and rebuked as a child and his desire to be viewed as a "normal" individual.

In fact, much of this book causes the reader to think that each and every one of us has the right to be regarded with dignity and respect no matter what our deficiencies or differences. When given the opportunity to increase his intelligence by a procedure previously tried only in animals, Charlie jumps at this rare chance. Feeling confident in their positive results with a mouse named Algernon, the experts are prepared to make the first step with this experimental surgery in humans and agree that Charlie is an ideal candidate.

Strauss said I had something that was very good. He said I had a good motor-vation. I never even knowed I had that. I felt good when he said not everbody with an eye-Q of 68 had that thing like I had it. I dont know what it is or where I got it but he said Algernon had it too. Boy woud they be serprised to see me smart just like them and my sister. But, with intelligence Charlie is confronted with hidden and often painful memories, an awareness of true human behavior and a struggle with the desire to rid himself of a feeling of loneliness.

But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. He is tormented by emotional and sexual immaturity despite his genius I. As the novel is written in diary format, the reader is privy to Charlie's innermost thoughts throughout his journey and I was completely consumed by Charlie's emotions. I felt hopeful, joyful, enlightened, angry, confused and heartbroken right along with Charlie… I cried. Charlie begins to understand something very vital about human nature: The universe was exploding, each particle away from the next, hurtling us into dark and lonely space, eternally tearing us away from each other - child out of the womb, friend away from friend, moving from each other, each through his own pathway toward the goal-box of solitary death.

But this was the counterweight, the act of binding and holding. As when men to keep from being swept overboard in the storm clutch at each other's hands to resist being torn apart, so our bodies fused a link in the human chain that kept us from being swept into nothing.

Professor Nemur termed his prior existence as being "nature's mistake" and went further to say that "Charlie Gordon did not really exist before this experiment. Is artificially-induced intelligence a permanent state? What can Charlie contribute to this field and does he have time? Flowers for Algernon is a beautiful and poignant story. Daniel Keyes effectively teaches us about the issue of living with a disability as well as parenting a child with a disability, love, respect, and the essential need for human connection and affection.

If you have not yet read this book, I highly recommend that you take a moment and move this one up to the top of your list!

View all 46 comments. Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Flowers for Algernon , a classic novella written in by Daniel Keyes , often read in high school as standard curriculum in America. A few shorter versions of the story exist, as well as film or TV adaptions for those who want to compare the literary art with the visual. I enjoyed this book when I read it the first time and even returned to reading the shorter version during a college English course.

If you're not familiar with it, it's the story of Charlie, w Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Flowers for Algernon , a classic novella written in by Daniel Keyes , often read in high school as standard curriculum in America.

If you're not familiar with it, it's the story of Charlie, who at the time when this was written, may have been called "mentally slow. So the book must be read and interpreted based on it being written nearly 50 years earlier. Charlie takes his time understanding everything around him, but at his core, you immediately see that he's a good guy.

He loves a pet mouse named Algernon. They both go through a similar experiment and their intelligence begins growing, but then Algernon becomes very sick. No spoilers here, so you'll have to read it to see what happens to the mouse and to Charlie. The book for me was a great story to immerse yourself in from an emotional stance and a philosophical stance.

People are different. Some are smart. Some are not smart. But there's a purpose for everyone. How far do we take medicine to help everyone? If everyone continues to get smarter, will we run out of supplies and space? If we don't help those who need it, will they become the less fortunate asked to do the harder manual work because they cannot think as well as others? All of these are questions which plague your mind as you read I believe it's books like these that helped shape who America is today -- some great things came out of it, but also, some hurtful and potentially dangerous things came out of it.

Though the intentions are not to divide people into segments and groups, that's what ends up happening. That said, the author and the story are to me, simply trying to tell a perspective, and then conversation and education help navigate that middle line of how to move forward.

When you think about the mouse, you have love, guilt, fear, pain. When you see Charlie, you wonder It's a great comparison and contrast to difference aspects of life and humanity. I'd like to read this again now that it's been over 20 years But I definitely think it's something people who enjoy reading should give a chance to. It's a broad sweep of what people think should be done to help others, as opposed to what the right decision is for the good of that individual. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.

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Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Jan 23, J. Sutton rated it it was amazing. I first read Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon in junior high school. At the time, I had no idea it was such a groundbreaking novel. Reading it again many years later, I'm not surprised that it is powerful, but I am surprised at just how complete the story is.

There were parts of the story that stuck with me all these years: Charlie's belief that his life would be better if he were somehow more intelligent and the heartache of his return to his former condition.

It's difficult to verbalize why I first read Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon in junior high school. It's difficult to verbalize why this regression should be so heartbreaking. Wasn't Charlie able to experience a life which somehow existed beyond his abilities sort of like Lt.

Even if his newfound intelligence didn't last long, how long do any of us get to live at our full potential? Charlie's reclaiming of memories and relationships he forms after gaining intelligence make Charlie feel like a real character who, in spite of the odds, we are rooting for.

View 2 comments. There is nothing specific in this book that dates it -- it could have been written 4 years ago instead of 40 -- except for it's obsession with a certain brand of psychology and sex with near strangers. Books from this era just bug me in general.

They are so smugly sure of their analysis of the whys and wherefores of human nature, yet they still cling to the archetypes. Charlie knows The Puffed-up Scientist and The Down-to-earth Sci There is nothing specific in this book that dates it -- it could have been written 4 years ago instead of 40 -- except for it's obsession with a certain brand of psychology and sex with near strangers. One of the reasons this book screams the 60s is because The Angel is ok with his relationship with The Whore.

In fact, she encourages it. Can we tell the author was a man and the book was written in the era of "free love"? All of this in a book that is supposed to be about a man coming to grips with new found intelligence without turning into an intellectual jerk and divining the REAL NATURE of the women in his life. Am I the only one who sees the irony of this?

People were, and are, ga-ga about this book. And while I think that the premise is interesting, all the futz surrounding the premise was formulaic. View all 6 comments. Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the f Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes.

The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

View 1 comment. This book was hidden in plain sight. Meaning I was surprised to realize the majority of my Goodreads friends had already read a book that I had never heard of before. Correct me if I am wrong, but I suspect it was a requisite high school read for many. One reviewer mentioned the abridged version he read in school had trimmed all the sexual bits. What a shame! I may have arrived late, but at least that meant I was introduced to the raw version.

The investigation of a 32 year old man struggling fo This book was hidden in plain sight.

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The investigation of a 32 year old man struggling for the first time in his life to connect physically to women was insightful and decidedly unsexy. At both extremes of his intellectual abilities, from retarded to use the term from the book to genius, he was alienated from those around him — albeit for different reasons that broke my heart nonetheless.

This exploration of a socially inept genius really resonated with me. And I would go as far as to call a few of them potential geniuses. And some of them are weird.

One guy in particular stands out. We could compete amongst ourselves and some outsiders, but not Cheddar. He won everything.

I will proudly interject that just once I won a scholarship for which he also applied. Well, we both won it. So they scrounged additional money to offer us both the scholarship. But looking back, I can see that he was, to a degree, socially challenged.

Holding hands was an experiment on the most efficient way to interlock fingers with a fellow homo sapiens. He was incapable of keeping small secrets. Chitchatting with him could be difficult. Why, oh why, did I want to date him so badly? Keyes gave me an inside peek into how it might be for Cheddar and his fellow cheeses.

How annoying it must be for them to constantly have to dumb it down enough to talk to the regular folk. He jammed many other profound topics into this short book: And despite all that, the book remains very readable and emotionally resonant. View all 21 comments.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's funny how things often come in pairs. Braveheart and Rob Roy. Armageddon and Deep Impact. Dangerous Liaisons and Valmont. And quite often, the better one of the pair isn't the one that ends up becoming famous. Both novels were published within a few months of each other. Both are first-person narratives, presented as a series of diary entries written by the main character.

Both address the same question: What would happen? Now given the rules of the game, how are you going to present the narrator getting smarter? Keyes picked the obvious solution: You read the early entries in his dirie, and he rites like thiss. Charlie is given the procedure, and he starts getting smarter.

Of course, it's technically quite easy for Keyes to show his vocabulary, grammar and spelling improving, and the way he gains more insight into his situation.

The trickiest thing in the book is the romance. Charlie's always had a crush on the nice teacher at his evening class, but he's never been able to do a thing about it. Now he's able to put the moves on her. But as he gets more and more intelligent, he finds he's outgrown her.

He meets a brilliant woman artist and starts up a new relationship with her. At the apex of his trajectory, Charlie is a world-class scientist. He turns his intelligence on himself and learns that his brilliance is only temporary. Soon, he will lose all his new powers. He will inexorably descend the curve again, and before long he will be as dumb as he was at the beginning.

Shortly after that, he will die. He dispassionately presents all these discoveries in a scientific paper. Not long after, the decline begins. He can no longer read the things he's just written. His relationship with the artist is over. The most heart-rending scene is when he's returned to his old level: She runs out of the room weeping, and he can't quite figure out why.

In the last diary entry, he half-understands that he is a few days from death, and leaves instructions to the person who finds the diary. Keyes has a clear plan in mind and succeeds well in what he sets out to do. The book is quite well known, got made into a movie, and has even ended up on school reading lists. But Disch wanted to try something much riskier.

His hero starts out, not just normal, but already pretty smart. Moreover, he's a writer, though admittedly not a very successful one. Now what would you get when you took a smart writer and made him enormously smarter? How would you depict that through the medium of his own writing? It's obviously impossible, and Camp Concentration has indeed never become famous.

Of the few people that look at it, most remain deeply unimpressed; Not, who read it last week on my recommendation sorry, Not! But somehow I prefer Disch's ambitious failure to Keyes's easy success. Keyes engages my emotions, but Disch manages to hit me somewhere deeper down. Perhaps it's a more interesting kind of tragedy.

View all 23 comments. Jul 09, Natalia Yaneva rated it really liked it Shelves: I told her I think there is no such thing as normal people. Society has conveniently built a system of rules where no one fits in completely, and this is the secret we all share. Rules are somewhat useful. They keep you from bothering others and others from bothering you.

If you so much as pass the invisible boundary though, either voluntarily or not, society rarely forgives you. These are the people with mental disorders and intellectual disabilities. Some have come true, others we have enjoyed briefly and others still we have laid to rest in the pet sematary.

To not turn back into obscurity and to have closed that chapter forever. To have someone staring in your eyes and accepting you with all the cracks of your essence, which ooze droplets of soul. Is it better to have never dreamed than having achieved something just for a fraction of timelessness? Would you run through the labyrinths of your mind again if you knew that you would go back to the very beginning?

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Are you ready to face yourself? To face the best and the worst, the darkness without which there is no light? His only desire to be able to read and write is as childlike and artless as he is. And then he becomes a genius. Geniuses perceive time differently. They realize they possess just a portion of it and human life, which is but a blink, is not enough.

Maybe they have realized that since the clock ticks their life away, they have to think mainly about themselves, because time has never been theirs to give away to others.

Is Charlie consistent in his actions? What is unique about his situation? Consider the location and time period of the novel. Would changing one or both have changed the story significantly? How are women portrayed in Flowers for Algernon?

What would have been different about the story if Charlie had been a woman who underwent such a controversial surgery? Are the doctors who operate on Charlie acting in his best interests? Do you think Charlie would have gone through with the operation if he knew what the ultimate outcome would be? Several publishers rejected Flowers for Algernon, demanding Keyes rewrite it with a happier ending, with at least one suggesting Charlie should marry Alice Killian. Do you think that would have been a satisfying conclusion to the story?

How would it have affected the integrity of the story's central theme? And then I wondered: What would happen if it were possible to increase a person's intelligence? Keyes first wrote about Charlie in a short story, which won him the Hugo Award in , going on to expand it into a novel, which won a Nebula in The tale also won an Oscar, as the film Charly. I think Flowers for Algernon is heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant.

My copy has an introduction from Jon Courtenay Grimwood in which he calls the book a "work of genius". High praise indeed, but I think he's right.

"Flowers for Algernon" By Daniel Keyes: a Personal Review

Flowers for Algernon is, as Grimwood puts it, "eerily perfect". It's one of those books which feels destined to have been written, somehow — the idea behind it is just so perfect, so horribly disturbing.Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

The journal technique is quite effective in bringing the reader into the story and conveying Charlie's intelligence level, using spelling and grammar as superficial clues and the sophistication of Charlie's observations as a deeper clue to his current intelligence level. Correct me if I am wrong, but I suspect it was a requisite high school read for many. As the novel is written in diary format, the reader is privy to Charlie's innermost thoughts throughout his journey and I was completely consumed by Charlie's emotions.

It's still a great story, either way, but the original short story version had a lot more impact on me. Fiction blogposts.

Charlie becomes totally committed to his work, to the point of obsession. All I knew about this classic when I went into was that it was about a mouse. As his brain becomes more incisive, Charlie learns sarcasm, suspicion, and resentment.

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