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PDF Title: Flowers for Algernon
Book File Type: PDF Download / Read Online
PDF Author: Daniel Keyes
Publication Date: April 01-1966
Genre: Science Fiction
Audiobook : Yes
PDF Language: English

Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction novel by Daniel Keyes, first published in 1959 as a short story and later expanded into a full-length novel in 1966. The story revolves around Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 68 who undergoes an experimental surgical procedure to increase his intelligence. The treatment has already been successfully tested on a laboratory mouse named Algernon, and Charlie is the first human subject.

The novel is written in the form of progress reports that Charlie writes throughout the experiment. As his intelligence increases, his writing becomes more sophisticated, and he begins to understand the world and his place in it more fully. However, Charlie's newfound intelligence also brings emotional and social challenges, as he struggles to cope with the memories of his past and the reactions of those around him.

As Charlie's intelligence surpasses that of the scientists who conducted the experiment, he discovers a flaw in the procedure that causes Algernon's intelligence to deteriorate. He realizes that the same fate awaits him, and he must come to terms with the inevitable decline of his own mental faculties.

Flowers for Algernon explores themes of intelligence, human relationships, and the ethical implications of scientific experimentation. The novel raises questions about the value of intelligence and the impact it has on one's life, as well as the responsibility that comes with knowledge and power.


"I don't know what's worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be, and feel alone."

"Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love."

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