Flowers For Algernon (Paperback)
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Flowers For Algernon (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 13/07/2017
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Waterstones Says

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.

Read an exclusive introduction to Flowers for Algernon by author Joanne Harris.

I hope they use me because Miss Kinnian says maybe 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 dollars a week and bred and or cake if I want. I am 32 yeres old and next munth is my birthday.

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 changes him. It’s a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment 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
ISBN: 9781474605731
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 133 x 200 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart - Guardian Online

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

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“Absolutely Oustanding”

‘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

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Grace At Birmingham

“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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