Flowers for Algernon

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When we first meet Charlie he is about to embark on a compelling but dangerous journey from retardation to genius. He has only a vague understanding of what will happen, but he is aware that knowledge and the ability to write are of paramount importance. So he doesn't hesitate for a moment to cooperate in a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence, the key - he hopes - to being valued as a human being and to being loved. Daniel Keyes's powerful and highly original story of a young man whose quest ...
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Overview

When we first meet Charlie he is about to embark on a compelling but dangerous journey from retardation to genius. He has only a vague understanding of what will happen, but he is aware that knowledge and the ability to write are of paramount importance. So he doesn't hesitate for a moment to cooperate in a radical experiment designed to increase his intelligence, the key - he hopes - to being valued as a human being and to being loved. Daniel Keyes's powerful and highly original story of a young man whose quest for intelligence and knowledge parallels that of Algernon (the mouse who is an earlier subject of a similar experiment) remains unique in imaginative literature. We follow Charlie Gordon's mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. We watch with excitement as he becomes the focus of attention by the scientific world, his intellectual capacities far surpassing those of the psychologists and neurosurgeons who engineered his metamorphosis. We also follow the progress of his romance with two women, one who knew him before the experiment as well as with another, who knows him only as the attractive, bright, and sympathetic man he has become. And, finally, we hope against hope that what happens suddenly, unexpectedly, to Algernon will not happen to Charlie.

Mentally retarded Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius but only temporarily.

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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
New York Times Book Review
A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching...
Palm Beach Post-Times
This novel should be on your 'must read' list.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156030304
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 43,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He has worked as a merchant seaman, fiction editor, high school teacher, and university professor. The author of eight books, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Flowers for Algernon


By Daniel Keyes

Bantam Books

Copyright © 1984 Daniel Keyes
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0553274503

progris riport 1 martch 3

Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. I dont no why but he says its importint so they will see if they can use me. I hope they use me becaus Miss Kinnian says mabye they can make me smart. I want to be smart. My name is Charlie Gordon I werk in Donners bakery where Mr Donner gives me 11 dollers a week and bred or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my brithday. I tolld dr Strauss and perfesser Nemur I cant rite good but he says it dont matter he says I shud rite just like I talk and like I rite compushishens in Miss Kinnians class at the beekmin collidge center for retarted adults where I go to lern 3 times a week on my time off. Dr. Strauss says to rite a lot evrything I think and evrything that happins to me but I cant think anymor because I have nothing to rite so I will close for today...yrs truly Charlie Gordon.

progris riport 2-martch 4

I had a test today. I think I faled it and I think mabye now they wont use me. What happind is I went to Prof Nemurs office on my lunch time like they said and his secertery took me to a place that said psych dept on the door with a long hall and alot of littel rooms with onley a desk and chares. And a nice man was in one of the rooms and he had some wite cards with ink spilld all over them. He sed sit down Charlie and make yourself cunfortible and rilax. He had a wite coat like a docter but I dont think he was no docter because he dint tell me to opin my mouth and say ah. All he had was those wite cards. His name is Burt. I fergot his last name because I dont remembir so good.

I dint know what he was gonna do and I was holding on tite to the chair like sometimes when I go to a dentist onley Burt aint no dentist neither but he kept telling me to rilax and that gets me skared because it always means its gonna hert.

So Burt sed Charlie what do you see on this card. I saw the spilld ink and I was very skared even tho I got my rabits foot in my pockit because when I was a kid I always faled tests in school and I spilld ink to.

I tolld Burt I saw ink spilld on a wite card. Burt said yes and he smild and that maid me feel good. He kept terning all the cards and I tolld him somebody spilld ink on all of them red and black. I thot that was a easy test but when I got up to go Burt stoppd me and said now sit down Charlie we are not thru yet. Theres more we got to do with these cards. I dint understand about it but I remembir Dr Strauss said do anything the testor telld me even if it dont make no sense because thats testing.

I dont remembir so good what Burt said but I remembir he wantid me to say what was in the ink. I dint see nothing in the ink but Burt sed there was picturs there. I coudnt see no picturs. I reely tryed to see. I holded the card up close and then far away. Then I said if I had my eye glassis I coud probaly see better I usully only ware my eyeglassis in the movies or to watch TV but I sed maybe they will help me see the picturs in the ink. I put them on and I said now let me see the card agan I bet I find it now.

I tryed hard but I still coudnt find the picturs I only saw the ink. I tolld Burt mabey I need new glassis. He rote somthing down on a paper and I got skared of faling the test. So I tolld him it was a very nice pictur of ink with pritty points all around the eges but he shaked his head so that wasnt it neither. I asked him if other pepul saw things in the ink and he sed yes they imagen picturs in the inkblot. He tolld me the ink on the card was calld inkblot.

Burt is very nice and he talks slow like Miss Kinnian dose in her class where I go to lern reeding for slow adults. He explaned me it was a raw shok test. He sed pepul see things in the ink. I said show me where. He dint show me he just kept saying think imagen theres something on the card. I tolld him I imaggen a inkblot. He shaked his head so that wasnt rite eather. He said what does it remind you of pretend its something. I closd my eyes for a long time to pretend and then I said I pretend a bottel of ink spilld all over a wite card. And thats when the point on his pencel broke and then we got up and went out.

I dont think I passd the raw shok test.

3d progris riport

martch 5-Dr Strauss and prof Nemur say it dont matter about the ink on the cards. I tolld them I dint spill the ink on them and I coudnt see anything in the ink. They said maybe they will still use me. I tolld Dr Strauss that Miss Kinnian never gave me tests like that only riting and reeding. He said Miss Kinnian tolld him I was her bestist pupil in the Beekman School for retarted adults and I tryed the hardist becaus I reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me.

Dr Strauss askd me how come you went to the Beekman School all by yourself Charlie. How did you find out about it. I said I dont remembir.

Prof Nemur said but why did you want to lern to reed and spell in the frist place. I tolld him because all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb and my mom always tolld me to try and lern just like Miss Kinnian tells me but its very hard to be smart and even when I lern something in Miss Kinnians class at the school I ferget alot.

Dr Strauss rote some things on a peice of paper and prof Nemur talkd to me very sereus. He said you know Charlie we are not shure how this experamint will werk on pepul because we onley tried it up to now on animils. I said thats what Miss Kinnian tolld me but I dont even care if it herts or anything because Im strong and I will werk hard.

I want to get smart if they will let me. They said they got to get permissen from my familie but my uncle Herman who use to take care of me is ded and I dont rimember about my familie. I dint see my mother or father or my littel sister Norma for a long long long time. Mabye their ded to. Dr. Strauss askd me where they use to live. I think in brooklin. He sed they will see if mabye they can find them.

I hope I dont have to rite to much of these progris riports because it takes along time and I get to sleep very late and Im tired at werk in the morning. Gimpy hollered at me because I droppd a tray full of rolles I was carrying over to the oven. They got derty and he had to wipe them off before he put them in to bake. Gimpy hollers at me all the time when I do something rong, but he reely likes me because hes my frend. Boy if I get smart wont he be serprised.


Copyright © 1966, 1959 by Daniel Keyes
Copyright renewed 1994, 1987 by Daniel Keyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    What a journey!

    Such an amazing book that truly made me feel for the main character. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone and it will definitely be one that I re-read!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    I read this book when I was 12.

    But oh, did I love it. I re-read it over and over and finally understood most parts that I couldn't understand before. I was so young back then.

    Now I'm 23 and I still recommend this book, I love the writing style of the author and made me love Charlie as well. I cried at the end of the story when I first read it. Very touching.

    This book is worth a read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Happy and sad at the same time

    I love the journalistic writing style of Flowers For Algernon. It really helps to make you connect with the character Charlie. If you like stories that make you think you will like Flowers For Algernon.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Read The Promise by Christina Reklaitis!

    This was a great book. You should now try the Promise by Christina Reklaitis. Its another amazing read that you are sure to love :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Flowers For Algernon

    I read this book 2 years ago for english and loved it! I found this book touching and emotional. I remember that it's about a man named Charlie who has a very low IQ, and has been choosen to take part in an exparimental surgery that could make him smarter...
    I loved this book!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    decent book

    This book is a great look into how we treat others less fortunate. It has its ups and downs and gets sad at the end for numerous reasons. I would recommend this book for its values and look into what the handicapped experience but it isnt a quick read (even as short as it is) that you just cant put down. I read a lot but this seemed to take me a while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Loved it

    I was required to read it years ago for school. Unlike most of the other books i was required to read, i ended up loving it despite some of its sadness.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    ~

    A great read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    I love this book.

    Even though its super depressing.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Excellent

    This was an amazing story. I read the original at school, but I'm sure this is just as good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Deeply moving

    Great book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    No words.

    Wow. I mean, just wow. No words can really describe this short story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Loved this book still think about it often.

    Impacted my heart greatly. Wow, totally new and fresh and different reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Great Read

    So my school read this book a while ago and i absolutely loved it. It was a great raed and would recomend it for fundamental or school relate reading. Hha what other read is there?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    It wasvpretty good

    This book was pretty good with a pretty heartrenching ending if you like diaries or real scientific discovery stories id recommend it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Book Review This book is about a 3 out of five. Throughout the

    Book Review

    This book is about a 3 out of five. Throughout the story, he has a surgery for his brain and he eventually becomes smarter than Algernon. Everyone should read it, it is very inspiring. The moral of the story shows that you shouldn't pick on people for their I.Q

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Plz

    Stop giving away the story in the reviews. It ruins it for someone that hasnt read it yet. Love the book though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    My Book Review Book title and author: Flowers for Algernon By: D

    My Book Review
    Book title and author: Flowers for Algernon By: Daniel Keyes
    Title of review: My Book Review
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 5

    Introduction
    Charlie Gordon is a 35 year old mentally disabled adult. He believes he has friends. But they only stick around to make fun of Charlie.
    Description and summary of content
    I read Flowers for Algernon. While I was reading this book, I had many different thoughts. Charlie Gordon cleaned bathrooms; he did not have the intelligence of a normal 35 year old. With his disability, he often got his feelings hurt by people he thought were his friends. But they were really just in his life to make fun of him. Charlie didn’t get that until the end of the book.
    Evaluation
    I liked this book. It shows you not to make fun of others just because there is a difference between the two of you. It has a touching message and it encourages those who are different.
    Conclusion
    I would recommend this book to anyone. It shows you that not everyone is the same. There are different people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    I Think The Books Just Great, I Had A Big Feelings Jam Over This

    I Think The Books Just Great, I Had A Big Feelings Jam Over This. 

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