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.
Flowers for Algernon is a product of its time. In the 1950's issues of social status and questions about inherent intelligence began to be discussed. The book is simply written in an accessible format so that most people will understanf Keye's message easily. It's a classic of its era and the themes, although not as relevant in the modern world, still give us a glimpse into the attitudes of the parents and grandparents of today.
A scientist is experimenting on raising the intelligence of animals, in this case, mice. When the same technique is tried on a man who is intellectually disabled, it succeeds beyond the scientist's wildest dreams. He has actually produced a superintelligent man from his initial subject.
However, the mouse Algernon is starting to exhibit problems because of this treatment.
Soppy but interesting. The development of the protagonist leads to increased sophistication which is a great touch. Even when the language is at its most simplistic Keyes still manages to provide wonderful insight into the situations described. Hot cocoa recommended as an accompaniment.
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