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Flowers For Algernon

S.F. Masterworks

By Daniel Keyes

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2000
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 tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

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No.25 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written * Winner of the HUGO and NEBULA awards. * 'A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic' Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels * Basis for the Oscar winning film Charly.

About the Author

Born in 1927 Daniel Keyes joined the US merchant marine aged 17. He won the Hugo for the short story that Flowers for Algernon was based on and the Nebula for the novel itself. He has a masters degree in English and American literature and is a Professor of English and Creative writing. He lives in America


A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching * New York Times * Strikingly original * Publishers Weekly * A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic * Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels * Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart * Guardian Online * Excellent . . . extremely moving * The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * A timeless tearjerker * Independent * A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant * Guardian * This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up * Conn Iggulden *

EAN: 9781857989380
ISBN: 1857989384
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 20.1 x 17 x 1.8 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a very good book that maintains the reader's interest from the very beginning and holds it right through to the moving ending. What gives it power is Charly's gradual understanding of his problem and his struggle to avoid the fate he knows awaits him. Well written, and the movie based on it is good too (and won a BEst Actor Oscar for Cliff Robertson for playing Charly).

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