Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

82%

26 Critic Reviews

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. "Please … please … dont let me forget how to reed and rite … "
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Synopsis

The beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse.
 

About Daniel Keyes

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Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He has worked as a merchant seaman, fiction editor, high school teacher, and university professor. The author of eight books, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 321 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Science & Math. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Flowers for Algernon
All: 26 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 3

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jun 18 2014

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. "Please … please … dont let me forget how to reed and rite … "

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by Shaman on May 23 2013

Overall, the book has many good points (originality, accurate portrayal of the way the human brain works, the author's intention to show the reader that mentally disabled people deserve our respect), but it failed to have an emotional impact (maybe because it was preaching to the choir).

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Stephen M. Davis on Jan 30 2013

It is a pleasure to read a work that is part of the genre of science fiction, but that doesn't use the category as an excuse for sloppy writing or hack-work.

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by KidzWorld on Dec 27 2006

Flowers for Algernon is an intensely personal story about Charlie with a really sad ending. If you haven't read it yet it's worth picking up because it's an easy read that will make you think.

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Geek Speak

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel Hyland on Sep 01 2011

If, somehow, this book has so far passed you by (or you thought perhaps you could get away with just watching one of the several movies made of it), then I urge you to find yourself a copy and settle in for a gripping tale of self-discovery... both Charlie’s and, most probably, your own.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bridie on Jan 31 2014

There are life lessons that are taught through experiences and reading books. In “Flowers for Algernon”, many lessons were taught. Two of those lessons are friends will never be forgotten, and do not judge a book by its cover. These two lessons are both strongly expressed in this story.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 28 2014

I think Daniel Keyes did a good job of showing dialogue through the character Charlie and mimicking his writing skills. These are only a few reasons why I like this book.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Thy T. on Jan 28 2014

This book is very heart warming with some sad spots, but I would recommend this book to mature young adults.

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Teen Ink

Below average
on Jan 28 2014

I did enjoy the book, and I found it very interesting to read, but I’m not sure I would recommend it to others. The unrealistic part of it, Charlie’s personality changes, and how depressing it was, all in a way destroy the story.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by jgjoshypooh on Jan 28 2014

In this story there are many great lessons. This book should be recommended by all great reporters. This is very organized and detailed. If you have not read this story you really should.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 28 2014

This book, overall, is fantastic. The idea of the “progress reports” are very creative and it makes the reader get more into the story. Also, the way that Keyes used artificial intelligence was innovative, because it shows that there is no fake perfection.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by tyler32 on Jan 28 2014

All around it was a well put together story. The bond Daniel Keyes put between Charlie and Algernon is very strong. The moral of this story is one everyone should always follow daily.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by musicisthegoodlife on Jan 28 2014

One cannot help but agree more that his tragic ending was what made Keyes story all the more unforgettable, meaningful, and thought-provoking.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Ismellteenspiritandcandy on Jul 08 2010

...Will Smith is supposedly making a remake of the movie. Do not stray away from the book because of its unfortunate remakes; Daniel Keyes is a wonderfully contravene author who should never be doubted.

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Aug 02 2013

One of my favorites as a teenager and still one of my favorites as an adult. An emotional and insightful read and a story of love, loss, and longing to be smarter, be better and the unexpected results that can produce.

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Parental Book Reviews

Above average
on Feb 20 2015

I appreciated the ‘I am still a person, despite my intelligence’ point Charlie conveyed and how people are just people, with flaws and feelings despite how they might seem. But if I were to conclude a criticism, I think the author could have done better conveying that in the end.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Aug 27 2012

This is just a brilliant piece of writing, and even though it is very taxing emotionally and really quite intense - it is very much worth it.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Jul 17 2012

If like me you've never heard of Flowers for Algernon, I urge you to get a copy. It's a timeless story that isn't too sci-fi for the average reader, and one that will appeal to all genders and all ages.

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Eagle

Good
on Oct 18 2004

Parts of this book are a bit painful to read...and the pacing does suffer...The story also isn't easy; human cruelty and failings are sharply portrayed. But this is a classic of science fiction for well-deserved reasons...

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Reading Matters

Excellent
Reviewed by kimbofo on Dec 06 2009

I won't spoil the ending, but it's a thought-provoking one. I'm so glad I read this truly wonderful book, because it's a story that will stay with me for a long time. Despite its age it seems remarkably contemporary.

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InkSlinger Blog

Good
Reviewed by THE INK SLINGER on Jul 13 2012

Yet as much as I appreciated Flowers for Algernon, it’s hard to say I enjoyed it. It’s a compelling read, yes, but also a haunting one, with a terrifically painful emotional impact. Charlie’s story isn’t the kind you merely think about; it’s a story you feel.

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https://savidgereads.wordpress.com

Good
on Dec 04 2009

It is books like this, which I know had I seen this in the book shop I would have not read, that show why book groups can be so great. Has it changed my not too high opinion of science fiction? Yes in a way...

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Suvudu

Good
Reviewed by KYLE MUNLEY on Oct 03 2008

If you haven’t already, or if it’s been a while, you really should pick up this “offensive” book and give it a read. Like Charlie, you might just see the world afterward with new eyes.

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Fluttering Butterflies

Good
on Mar 13 2010

Flowers For Algernon really made me think. About the morality of research experiments in the name of science, the way in which the mentally disabled are treated, the relationship between intellectual and emotional development. It also made me feel.

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The Little Red Reviewer Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Redhead on Jan 15 2014

A great book. I’ll leave you with that, because it’s time that I picked up my dogged eared, battered copy again and delve back into the world of Charlie and Algernon.

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Escapism Through Books

Good
on Feb 23 2012

I did like the themes in the book, of second chances, at taking a risk, at wanting to better oneself and understand who we are and who we are in the world and what it means to be who we are. I liked the theme of one person being able to make such a difference, such an impact on the world, and it gives me hope that there is a point to it all.

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