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Flowers For Algernon

Daniel Keyes

5 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

A modern classic, FLOWERS OF ALGERNON has sold over five million copies worldwide and inspired the Academy Award-winning film CHARLY.

'A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking' Guardian

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - 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 treatement turns him into a genius.

Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie?

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Praise for Flowers For Algernon

  • A science-fiction masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant - GUARDIAN

  • A timeless tearjerker - INDEPENDENT

  • 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

  • At the heart of FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON is a message of love over knowledge; of hopefulness over achievement; of compassion over intelligence. - Joanne Harris

  • Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart - GUARDIAN ONLINE

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Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)
Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn in 1927, and worked as a merchant seaman, editor and university English lecturer. He won the Hugo Award in 1960 for the short story that FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON was based on and the Nebula in 1966 for the full-length novel. In 1968 FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON became the Oscar-winning film CHARLY and has now sold over five million copies worldwide. He died in June 2014.

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