Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

Shelfie Score: 55%

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Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages: 256


'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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10/10 - One of my favourite ever SF books, recently re-read for my book group. Given themes of IQ vs EQ and treatment of mental disability, it's an ideal SF intro for those who don't like SF. Still relevant today, although written in the 1960s. Read my review here:


Bookaxe Characteristics for Flowers for Algernon

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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