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Published by Mariner Books on 1958
Source: the library
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With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's 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?
First of all, this book is just such a classic, and if you have never read it, please treat yourself and do- and then watch the movie (My Name Is Charlie). They are both tear jerkers.
Second of all, when you read the book, please remember that the book IS a classic & was written in 1958. The book uses outdated terminology (some offensive), so if that will bother you, perhaps skip the book. I just mentally re-worded things as I went along, and the story is so amazing to me, it’s worth it. It’s no different then reading any other classic. Times have changed, luckily.
Other than that, the book unbelievably is not very dated.
The truly amazing thing about this story is Charlie himself, his journey. In the beginning you love him and cry for him, in the end you love him and cry for him, and the middle… well, I don’t particularly care for him, but you can’t help but love him all the same.
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