Flowers For Algernon
By Daniel Keyes
(From the Back) Charlie Gordon is about to embark on an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence -- a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors
external image flowers-for-algernon-book.jpgwho engineered his . The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until suddenly Algernon deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?
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This novel will make you think hard about the way you treat mentally handicapped people, and if the way you treat them now is truly fair. Charlie, a retarded man, is chosen for an experiment to double his IQ. After the surgery, his IQ keeps increasing until it surpasses the surgeons’. His mind is now so advanced, that his friends are now driven away by his sudden increase in intelligence. Having become socially isolated, Charlie's mental growth now surpasses his emotional feelings, and life becomes one emotional stumble after the other. Just as the experiment is thought of as a success, Algernon, a super intelligent mouse, deteriorates. Reading this novel, it made me realize how difficult it is to be mentally handicapped; from the teasing and cruelty, to the difficulty performing everyday tasks, and how much people use the “R” word, without stopping to think who they are referring to.