Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon

The story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance...


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TitleFlowers for Algernon
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LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Classics, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Reviews Flowers for Algernon

  • Emily May
    2012-09-03
    I am finding it hard to put into words the vast range of emotions I experienced whilst reading this little tale of hope, perseverance, truth and humanity. When it comes to science fiction, I would hesitate before declaring myself a fan, simply because there's only a certain amount of aliens, spaceships and intergalactic battles I can take before I start to become distracted. A good action scene on a distant planet only takes my enjoyment so far a...
  • Wil Wheaton
    2009-06-10
    Heartbreaking and beautiful. Required reading, as far as I am concerned.
  • Pouting Always
    2017-02-26
    Wow I'm so glad I finally read it. I had only read passages of it before but it was totally with sitting and reading the whole thing through. I don't even know what to say I can't stop crying because of how things are for Charlie and I guess I just wish that they way he was treated wasnt so close to reality. Also it's kind of painful to have to question things like intimacy vs intelligence and self actualization which are brought up so poignantly...
  • Amy
    2007-05-09
    I first read this book in 8th grade, in my english class. I remembered enjoying it, being fascinated in how the author painted the picture that I really was reading Charlie's journal by use of spelling, grammar and punctuation related to the level Charlie was at when writing the entries. What I didn't know at the time was the people who created the text book I used felt it was okay to chop whole chapters out of the middle of the book. They felt p...
  • Adina
    2014-07-11
    I read this 2 years ago, before I started writing more detailed reviews. I am not planning to modify my thoughts from back then but I want to add my father's thoughts. I gifted this book to him last Christmas and he finally got to read it. He was as deeply moved by this magnificent heart wrenching novel as I was and he felt the need to send me a message when he finished to tell how impressed he was. It was the first time he sent me an emotional m...
  • Dan Schwent
    2016-12-15
    When Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man, undergoes an experiment to increase his intelligence, his life changes in ways he never imagined. But will the intelligence increase be permanent.I first became aware of Flowers for Algernon when it was mentioned in an episode of Newsradio. I forgot about it until that episode of The Simpsons inspired by it, when it was discovered Homer had a crayon lodged in his brain. I'd mostly forgotten about it a...
  • Dana Ilie
    2018-08-14
    While this is clearly speculative fiction, the point of Flowers for Algernon isn't the technology that lets Charlie become more intelligent but rather how people react to him, both before and afterwards, as his perceptions of the world change. This is, in part, a sharp rebuke of the way that the mentally retarded are treated, but there are also interesting explorations of identity, friendship, and the results of revisiting one's past. There are s...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2017-06-30
    what a great read! I sort of feel like it was too simple, but still an enjoyable enough book.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-05-01
    Omg!!!!! I can't even!! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Simon
    2010-08-02
    This has to be one of my favourite sub-genres; psychological science fiction. This is up there with the likes of A Scanner Darkly and More Than Human. These are the sort of SF books that I would recommend to those who look down on the genre.This book explores such themes as the nature of intelligence, the effects of intelligence on the way you see others and the world around you, as well as social attitudes towards people with mental problems. Th...
  • Lyn
    2015-12-03
    Captivating and heartbreaking.Daniel Keyes 1958 novel about an intellectually disabled man who, through an experimental medical procedure, gains genius level IQ is a classic of science fiction.Charlie Gordon began attending classes at night for “retarded adults” so that he could learn to read and to “be like other people”. With the assistance of his night school teacher, he is interviewed by scientists and is accepted into the experimenta...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2017-11-01
    Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book about how raw intelligence can be both a gift and a curse. The protagonist, Charlie Gordon, has his IQ increased via a surgical procedure from that of a barely functional mentally retarded person to superhuman intelligence and writes the book in first person based on his experience. The procedure was first tried on lab mouse Algernon who the protagonist befriends and who is a litmus test of what he experie...
  • Candi
    2013-09-10
    "The walls between people are thin here, and if I listen quietly, I hear what is going on. Greenwich Village is like that too. Not just being close - because I don't feel it in a crowded elevator or on the subway during the rush - but on a hot night when everyone is out walking, or sitting in the theater, there is a rustling, and for a moment I brush against someone and sense the connection between the branch and trunk and the deep root. At such ...
  • James
    2016-08-07
    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Flowers for Algernon, a classic novella written in 1966 by Daniel Keyes, often read in high school as standard curriculum in America. A few shorter versions of the story exist, as well as film or TV adaptions for those who want to compare the literary art with the visual. I enjoyed this book when I read it the first time and even returned to reading the shorter version during a college English course. If you're no...
  • Bionic Jean
    2015-11-06
    I first came across Flowers For Algernon as a short story in a science fiction anthology many years ago. It seemed an enjoyably poignant and perceptive slight tale. By 1966 the author Daniel Keyes had developed his story into this full length novel, the joint winner of the year's Nebula award for the best Science Fiction novel. It was the high point of Daniel Keyes’s career. As well as nonfiction he has written several other science fiction boo...
  • İntellecta
    2017-06-04
    Zeki olmanın avantajlarının ve dezavantajlarının ütopik bir senaryoda ele alındığı dokunaklı, hatta dramatik denebilecek harika bir kitap. Yazar etik, bilim gibi konuları ve hatta kendi hayatımızı sorgulamaya teşvik ediyor.
  • J.L. Sutton
    2018-01-23
    I first read Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon in junior high school. At the time, I had no idea it was such a groundbreaking novel. Reading it again many years later, I'm not surprised that it is powerful, but I am surprised at just how complete the story is. There were parts of the story that stuck with me all these years: Charlie's belief that his life would be better if he were somehow more intelligent and the heartache of his return to his ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2015-08-05
    Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction short story and subsequent novel written by Daniel Keyes. The short story, written in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960. Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of pro...
  • Cassy
    2011-12-09
    This book was hidden in plain sight. Meaning I was surprised to realize the majority of my Goodreads friends had already read a book that I had never heard of before. Correct me if I am wrong, but I suspect it was a requisite high school read for many. One reviewer mentioned the abridged version he read in school had trimmed all the sexual bits. What a shame! I may have arrived late, but at least that meant I was introduced to the raw version. Th...
  • Manny
    2008-12-09
    It's funny how things often come in pairs. Braveheart and Rob Roy. Armageddon and Deep Impact. Dangerous Liaisons and Valmont. And quite often, the better one of the pair isn't the one that ends up becoming famous.Flowers for Algernon's twin is Thomas Disch's Camp Concentration . Both novels were published within a few months of each other. Both are first-person narratives, presented as a series of diary entries written by the main character. Bo...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2017-06-30
    On Intelligence Are there any qualities that should make a man consider himself superior from other humans? In medieval times, a physically strong man would consider himself superior to physically weaker one. A rich person would look down upon a poor person. And a more attractive person would consider himself to one who wasn't - and those with physical handicaps like a hunchback, blind or deaf would be made to face prejudice. A lot of it is still...
  • Brian Yahn
    2013-09-30
    More than anything else, Flowers for Algernon is thought provoking. It's also sad when it needs to be, enjoyable for the most part, and often comical. Although it casts a gloomy aspect over the meaning of life, it's somehow still uplifting and motivational.It makes you think about, if you know the end--that you're going to die--is there really a point to carrying on? And even with conditions as extraordinary as Charlie Gordon's, Daniel Keyes, exp...
  • Anne
    2009-04-18
    There is nothing specific in this book that dates it -- it could have been written 4 years ago instead of 40 -- except for it's obsession with a certain brand of psychology and sex with near strangers. In this way, it just screams "I WAS WRITTEN IN THE 60s!"I dunno. Books from this era just bug me in general. They are so smugly sure of their analysis of the whys and wherefores of human nature, yet they still cling to the archetypes. Charlie knows...
  • Vanessa
    2017-08-27
    A powerfully sad heartbreaking story about a simple minded man with a significantly low I.Q who undergoes a scientific experiment to enhance his intelligence. Charlie Gordon becomes the human guinea pig. The procedure goes well and he becomes exceptionally bright, during this brief time many lessons are learnt, although he becomes a genius in terms of I.Q he learns he is still emotionally stunted, he can't always manage his emotions in a rational...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2013-03-08
    This review is for the full novel version of Flowers for Algernon, as opposed to the original Hugo Award-winning short story, which I've reviewed in more detail here. I prefer the short story over this novel, which felt like it contained a lot of filler that, in the end, wasn't particularly memorable for me. It's still a great story, either way, but the original short story version had a lot more impact on me.Full disclosure: I read the full nove...
  • Michael
    2011-10-31
    When I was in junior high school the movie Charly was big. Everyone saw it, and one girl, I can’t remember her name, had a Charly protective book cover and was so obsessed with the movie that she’d write the name, with the backwards “R” on everything, including adding it as a middle name to her own name on tests and papers she would hand in. She was in all the school plays and sang beautifully so my guess is her connection was with the pl...
  • Rita
    2011-02-24
    One of the most touching stories ever written. And no, it's not Romance! It's Sci-Fi. This is a first person narrative that has been written as a series of progress reports from a deeply retarded man, who can barely be considered literate. His writing is ful of bad grammar and spelling mistakes. At first, if you are not prepared for it, this makes this book a little hard to read, and some passages even have to be re-read a couple of times before ...
  • Phrynne
    2014-05-28
    Why have I never read this before? It captivated me totally. I actually read it in one sitting because I could not bear to put it down so I am now totally sleep deprived but very happy. What a wonderful book despite its sad but necessary ending. I was so glad the author did not try for a fake happy solution to Charlie's problems because in real life there is none. This is a story which makes the readers look at themselves in judgment and know tha...
  • Sam Quixote
    2017-09-25
    I’ve known about this novel since I was in high school but didn’t get around to reading it until just recently at the age of 33 (coincidentally the same age as the protagonist!). I read a Simpsons comic and watched an episode of the Simpsons TV show which both covered the same story so I felt like I didn’t need to read the original. But I’m glad I finally checked out Daniel Keyes’ Flowers For Algernon because it’s actually really good...
  • Mohamed Al
    2018-03-13
    أنا بحاجة ماسة إلى قراءة شيء يدهشني!لمع هذا الخاطر في ذهني. وأنا مستلقٍ على السرير، وسرعان ما انطفأ كلمبة معطوبة، عندما فتحت باب مكتبتي!وجدت على الرف رواية"العاشق الياباني" للتشيلية إيزابيل ألليندي، وبعد أن تصفحتها سريعًا، أعدتها إلى مكانها وأنا أ...