Flowers for Algernon by Daniel KeyesThe 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, Charlies intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?
Flowers for Algernon's sad, sweet genius
Sad news, this morning: the author Daniel Keyes has died, aged 86 , his US publisher Tor has announced. Keyes wrote other books too, but I and millions of others, knew him for one in particular: Flowers for Algernon. It's the story of Charlie Gordon, a cleaner who has an IQ of 68, but who "reely wantd to lern I wantid it more even then pepul who are smarter even then me … all my life I wantid to be smart and not dumb". University researchers perform an experiment on Charlie, turning him into a genius, after their successful experiments on the lab mouse Algernon. The book is written as a series of diary entries by Charlie, with his spelling and grammar and clarity of thought improving — "This is beauty, love, and truth all rolled into one. This is joy" — and then falling away. The New York Times piece about Keyes' death reveals that the premise "struck him while he waited for an elevated train to take him from Brooklyn to New York University in ".
Flowers for Algernon is the title of a science fiction short story and a novel by American writer Daniel Keyes. Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence.
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Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordon, a mentally retarded thirty-two-year-old man, is chosen by a team of scientists to undergo an experimental surgery designed to boost his intelligence. The directors of the experiment, Dr., Starting on March 3, a mentally disabled man named Charlie Gordon starts coming into a lab as a test subject for a possible experiment. He is 32 years old, and works as a floor sweeper and performs other lowly tasks at a bakery.
Flowers for Algernon is a character study of one man, Charlie Gordon. Charlie is a year-old developmentally disabled man who has the opportunity to undergo a surgical procedure that will dramatically increase his mental capabilities. This procedure had already been performed on a laboratory mouse, Algernon, with remarkable results. Charlie will be the first human subject. In a series of progress reports, Charlie documents everything that happens to him. As Charlie's intelligence increases to a genius level, the reader not only reads about the changes from Charlie's viewpoint, but also sees the change evidenced in Charlie's writing ability. This jump in intelligence is not necessarily a good thing, however.