Flowers For Algernon - S.F. Masterworks (Paperback)Daniel Keyes (author)
A heartbreaking classic of the science fiction genre, Keyes' parable of the deadly dangers of trying to alter human intelligence is an impeccably crafted novel with one of the genre's most empathetic and engrossing characters at its core.
The classic novel about a daring experiment in human intelligence.
Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes - until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius.
But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental transformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm
'This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up' - Conn Iggulden
'A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant' - Guardian
'A timeless tearjerker' - Independent
'Excellent . . . extremely moving' - The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
'A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic' - Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels
'Strikingly original' - Publishers Weekly
'A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching' - New York Times
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“Learning needs to be emotional and spiritual”
This is a poignant and cleverly crafted piece of short science fiction which, like the best examples of the genre, raises questions about metaphysics and the sometimes uncomfortable relationship between science and... More
‘Flowers for Algernon’ focuses on Charlie Gordon, a man who has the IQ of 68, who agrees to participate in a new experiment that will increase his IQ and make him a genius. However, life after the procedure is not as... More
“An absolute classic.”
This was really interesting.
It explores how intelligence can be isolating, how people can be absolutely horrible to people they perceive as less intelligent than themselves and how pride and the desire to save face... More
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