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ISBN13: 9780156030083
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Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

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Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in semi-literate "progris riports." He dimly wants to better himself, but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving. Then, an operation turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache.

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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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Avery W, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Avery W)
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, is about a man named Charlie Gordon. When he was a little boy, he had a test done that showed he had an IQ of 70. His mom never really cared for him and his father liked him, but never stood up for him. When Charlie’s sister Norma was born, Charlie’s mom kicked him out of the house. He was sent to a place called Warren. Later in Charlie’s life, he was picked up by a couple of scientists who wanted to try an experiment on him to hopefully raise his IQ. Charlie learns that the experiment was done on a mouse named Algernon and it made the mouse very smart. He agrees to have the experiment done on him, and it works! Charlie becomes smarter, but as he becomes more smart, his friends stop talking to him. His teacher tells him he no longer has an innocence about him like he did before. Now Charlie has to find the spot in between his old self and new self.
I really enjoyed the book because the author made the book fun to read. It was almost silly in some parts because of the way the author wrote the paragraph. I think Flowers for Algernon is a good book for either gender because there are male and female characters. I think it would be good for middle school kids because there may be harder topics to understand. The book could be read in a group. There is a lot you can discuss, but it also makes a great independant book.

*The book is told through Charlie’s progress reports he writes about how he feels the experiment is working for him outside of the lab.
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Reader Eternal, October 24, 2011 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
Anyone who can read should read this book. This is one of the most stunning, moving stories I have ever read. It's one of the very few books that have actually made me cry. If you've never read it--do. You won't be sorry, and you'll never look at humanity the same way again.
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apac16pimp, May 28, 2008 (view all comments by apac16pimp)
I really enjoyed the book. I like how the book is more interesting than the movie and it has a bigger transition and more detail for the main character. I really think its cool how the mouse represents
Charlie in a way because when the mouse cant figure out the maze, that gives away that Charlie is going to lose his intelligence. The mood of the book is sad and it really catches the reader off guard when Charlie goes through his recession. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes books that really catch the reader. I also like it that the author put a lot of emotion into the character by making Charlie cry, and have his feelings change and the way he talk change throughout the book. Overall I really liked the book and would read it again to enjoy it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030083
Author:
Keyes, Daniel
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Gifted persons
Subject:
People with mental disabilities
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Series Volume:
v. 104
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.39 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.

"Synopsis" by , Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in semi-literate "progris riports." He dimly wants to better himself, but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving. Then, an operation turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache.

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