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Flowers for Algernon

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Cover by : Daniel Keyes
    published :1966
subject :Science Fiction
size : 58.2 KiB in cover
435.6 KiB in 2,050 paragraphs
~ 223 pages
added by : Jotunbane (24 Jun 2014)
score : OnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOn   10

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. The novel was published in 1966 and was joint winner of that year's Nebula Award for Best Novel (with Babel-17).

The eponymous Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told by a series of progress reports written by Charlie Gordon, the first human test subject for the surgery, and it touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

Although the book has often been challenged for removal from libraries in the US and Canada, sometimes successfully, it is regularly taught in schools around the world and has been adapted numerous times for television, theatre, radio, and as the Academy Award–winning film Charly.

OnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOn from : Diddledor (30 Jun 2014)
Love this book and highly recommend reading it.

It's the masterpiece of Daniel Keyes. I also read his 'The Minds of Billy Milligan' (the true story of a murderer with multiple personalities), but was disappointed with the writing.

Also disappointing to me was the movie 'Charly' (1968). It's weakness is the faithfulness to the novel 'Flowers for Algernon'. The novel works, because the reader sees the world through the eyes of Charly Gordon. The film is much less touching, because the viewer looks at the character from outside.

A non-native-speaker of English may wish to browse the web for the novel is his/her language. I found...

* Des Fleurs pour Algernon
* Fiori per Algernon
* Flores para Algernon

If someone catches sight of the german translation 'Blumen für Algernon', I'd be thankful for dropping the link as a comment.

Give this book a chance. You won't regret it.

OnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOnOn from : BlodApelsin (27 Apr 2015)
Incredible. One of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone.

OffOffOffOffOffOffOffOffOffOff from : ewa4boeker (27 May 2016)
maybe strikethrough can be added here as well, e.g. like in the German translations?
or we find a possibility to add a style for such (underline, strikethrough, ...) via a class.
Published by Harcourt, Brace & World
ISBN : 0-15-131510-8

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