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Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Published August 27, 2022

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Book info

  • Title Flowers For Algernon
  • Author Daniel Keyes
  • Year 1959
  • Genre Science-Fiction

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.

Thoughts

What a great idea for a story, a fascinating journey into discovering what intelligence is and what effect it can have on your life - whether you have it or you don’t, and what happens when you go from one to the other. I loved how the writing improved as the intelligence did, gradually spelling mistakes went away and the vocabulary increased massively… and then the same in reverse. I thought the book was a bit stretched out, you could sort of tell it was originally a short story that was elongated, but considering how long ago it was written, it stands the test of time amazingly well.

Rating: 4 / 5

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