Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

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Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.

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  • Edward Powell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book kept me interested from start to finish! I actually read this after seeing the movie, which is also great, but the book was much better. I like how it shows Charlie's struggle to become smart, and there are many touching moments in this book."
  • Keith Lucas
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I loved this story. The way the author is able to give the mouse such dimension is amazing."
  • Timothy White
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a book that, even over the stories different iterations has been an award winner time and time again. It is an extremely emotional tale, which although can be heavy at times, is a very rewarding read. It is hard to rate individual novels as "Best" given such broad categories, but I think I would have to agree with that Flowers for Algernon is a literary masterpiece worthy of owning."
  • Daniel Ford
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I read this book because I figured I should start reading books that had won some awards. This was a very interesting book and I would recommend to anybody that likes some light sci-fi. I can see why it has such high praise."
  • Amanda Boyd
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is not a good book about amnesia. This book is about a lower intelligent man getting surgery to become more intelligent. He does regress but he not in a way I would call amnesia."
  • Lori Bates
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Flowers for Algernon is a very sweet and sad story about a slow-witted man who allows himself to have his intelligence improved by science. It's a book that's been popular for 50 years and is still pleasing its readers. I saw the movie when I was growing up and liked it a lot."
  • Amanda Mason
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A great book that has a wonderful plot and character development. What a novel idea for a book and written very well. "
  • Joe Coleman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Flowers of Algernon is a powerful read with themes relating to disabilities and personal limitations. There are some problems in life that are so big that people choose to ignore them but this story faces them head on in a way that is sure to leave an impression. I’m glad I took the time to read it."
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  • Ashley Grant
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a moving book that I would highly recommend. It has been made into a movie but even if you have seen the film, the book is an excellent read. Amazon has a great price for the book. I would encourage anyone 14 and up to read this book. Great for teens and adults alike."
  • Brandon Barnes
    Written on November 30, 2018
    "FYI this book has been banned to be taught in schools due to its sexual content. But i read the book when i was in my teens and i liked it even its ending although it is heartbreaking. I do believe that this book is very complex for even high-level students eh. "
  • Anna Fox
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Get your tissue box ready, because this one's a tear jerker. You will go from happy, to sad, to angry, to uplifted all in the space of this book. It's a classic, well worth the read. However, it has nothing to do with INTJ physological traits. For that, I'd recommend your friendly Google search for Myers-Briggs. "
  • Andrea Nichols
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Flowers for Algernon does not have a feeling of depression when the boy operation becomes experimental. He finds he becomes smarter through a brain opertation. How can that be depressing?"
  • Katherine Schmidt
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a book that will have you thinking. Those that are striving to be something or someone else will relate to the question of whether or not achieving to be something more will make them happy. Well written and easy to read, great for all ages."
    William Munoz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a wonderful suggestion! The book is well-loved and I really want to check this out now that I have been recommended this book!"
  • Salvador Domínguez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "It's sad how underrated Flowers for Algernon seems these days, what with our ever increasing endeavors into gene splicing. Soon, we'll be able to make even millenials somewhat intelligent, and then, what about the consequences? Can it take? All the answers have already been trod out in the 70s. I keep this book by my nightstand to remind me of the perils of arrogance, and also to occasionally kill any mice that escape the traps in the kitchen."
  • Victoria Medina
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Following the same successful surgery on a mouse, Charlie agrees to be the guinea pig. It turns him into a genius. But not everything is ok in his world. read the book to find out what happens."
  • Joshua Ramos
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Flowers for Algernon is an incredibly important novel about what it means to be one's self. Reading the story about a man going through such a mental change illustrates the change in his idea of self and his perspective and ultimate dissatisfaction with the world around him. Is it the world that he rejects or is it his own intelligence? Is the world really bad or is he just an unreliable narrator. The reader is taken on a ride with him. Buckle in!"
    Julia Medina
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is an amazing journey of a man who partakes in an experiment based on mental function. The novel displays Charlie's realization of his rapidly evolving understanding for his past and present. It definitely makes you wonder if this can be taken at face value, or if there's something more to the progress. "
    Jane Santos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I was shopping for the best books with unreliable narrators and came across this product. It's absolutely wonderful and exactly what I was looking for!"
  • Frances Soto
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is definitely a controversial read that's been banned or challenged all over the US but a very worthwhile one. It's heartbreaking reading about Charlie's journey to an increasingly higher intellect, which brings many problems of its own. The book hits you hard emotionally and really makes you think. I even cried at times. A great book."
    Jonathan Morris
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I had no trouble finding the book Flower for Algernon, but to say I found any indication from the solution that is was a banned or challenged book is just not true. I am curious now to find our more about this book."
  • Aaron Berry
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The best book with mentally ill characters is Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes. Charlie is a mentally challenged young man with a low IQ that agrees to an experimental brain operation that increases his intelligence to genius level. But it is a bittersweet tale that reveals human cruelty and heartache as the reader witnesses the eventual deterioration."
    Janet Tucker
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is very emotionally driven. It's not a happy book with a happy ending, but still leaves you with a sense of appreciation for the life you've been given. It's a great read."
  • Nathan Rodriguez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Everyone should read this book. It is, in itself, a very good science fiction story with an interesting premise. But more importantly, it can offer perspective on alternative situations and is actually deeply sad. This was one of the first books I remember really enjoying in elementary school and it still holds up decades later."
    Steven Bell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book a about mental illness is one that you will never forget. Heartbreaking and emotionally charged this book will have you questioning many things which only you can find the answer to."
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