Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius...and introduces him to heartache.
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Before Oliver Sacks’ Awakenings, there was this famous 1966 novel about the enigma of the human brain. A lab experiment results in the creation of Algernon, the world’s smartest mouse. Bolstered by success, scientists repeat the daring surgery on a low-IQ bakery worker named Charlie. Charlie’s intimate personal diaries (or “progris riports”) reveal the joy and surprising pain of his path toward and away from genius, not to mention his newfound sexual awareness. Scandal! Daniel Keyes’ now-classic novel has been both celebrated for its daring and banned from schools. Read it today as a vivid exploration of the conflict between artificially created intelligence and the human heart.
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Flowers for Algernon
This was such a good novel. Makes you realize we are all capable of much good, and sadly it brings to your attention that there is also a capability in each of us to fear what we don't understand, and what people don't understand they hate. I would highly recommend this book.
Everyone should read this book, just be ready to cry.
Read in one sitting!
Two years ago I was part of the cast of "Flowers for Algernon" and the story completely engulfed me. It was the first (and so far only) time that I cried both on and off stage. When I went out for the curtain call I had to wipe the tears away from my eyes! Last week I came across the script tucked away on my bookshelf. After reading through it (and reliving those emotions all over again) I decided I would give the book a shot. As soon as I started I could not put it down. Seeing things that were cut out of the play fascinated me. I was completely immersed in Charlie's world. The only complaint I have with the novel is that it's too short. There were many questions left unanswered and it left me wanting more. However, the more I thought about it the more I realized that's how it should be. If Charlie didn't get answers; why should we?
I was completely overcome by the story two years ago and after having read the book where it all started I am completely overcome once again!
Thank you Daniel Keyes