Des fleurs pour Algernon

311 pages

French language


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5 stars (5 reviews)

Il s'appelle Charlie Gordon, c'est un simple d'esprit, un minable, employé aux plus basses besognes dans une usine. Algernon, elle, est une souris de laboratoire et le traitement du Professeur Nemur et du Docteur Strauss vient de décupler son intelligence. Les deux savants tentent alors d'appliquer leur découverte à Charlie avec l'assistance de la jeune psychologue Alice Kinnian. C'est bientôt l'extraordinaire éveil de l'intelligence de ce cerveau demeuré. Charlie découvre avec passion un monde dont il avait toujours été exclu, et l'amour qui ne tarde pas à naître entre Alice et lui achève de la métamorphoser. Mais un jour, les facultés supérieures de la souris Algernon déclinent. Puis elle meurt. Pour Charlie commence alors le drame atroce d'un homme qui peu à peu se sent retourner à l'état de bête.

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Gripping Story

5 stars

This was a great book! It is clear why it won so many awards. You know the conclusion almost immediately, but the tale is gripping and interesting enough for you to see how it gets there. Flowers for Algernon is about love, loss, and most importantly self-discovery. My only complaint is that the book is a bit slow to start with all the bad grammar but that comes with the territory. All in all recommended.

Flowers for Algernon

4 stars

Goodness gracious. So many themes are touched on in this book, and I think I'll be haunted for some time to come by the ideas raised.

I'm a sucker for both an epistolary-style novel (which this classifies as, given the diary format) and the bildungsroman genre which I can also see reflected in the type of story it is, albeit not perfectly—so if either of those butter your biscuits well dangit bring out the tea cause these biscuits are ready to be eaten, buttered and all!!

Recommended read for many reasons, and not only because it's hard to let go of once started.

Review of 'Flowers for Algernon' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Poignant, sad, and deeply insightful

I had been assigned a watered-down adaptation of this in Junior High, so I went into this with some knowledge of what the general arc would be. What I didn't expect is that I would be reading until the sun came up, bawling my eyes out, absolutely shaken.

From the very first page, I liked Charlie Gordon. He comes across as innocent and sweet, with good intentions and a very one-dimensional frame of reference to the world. There's a few moments where people ask Charlie things that made me chuckle, like his initial confusion at the Rorschach test, but his attitude is strangely endearing.

The prose in this book is phenomenal. The gradual narrative shift from crude writing to eloquent philosophical insight is kind of an amazing writing trick, and the development of Charlie's awareness is hypnotic to watch.

In a way, I was kind …

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