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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - New Film Adaptation

I recommend the original 1966 edition of Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

A new interpretation of the film has recently been made:

"Charlie Gordon is a thirty-two year old retarded man. He works at Donner's Bakery and attends reading classes at the Beekman College Center for Retarded Adults. Recognizing Charlie as a hard-working and friendly young man, doctors at Beekman College choose him for an experimental brain operation that raises his IQ of 68 to that of a genius. Charlie's intellectual progress is astounding; he learns obscure languages and performs complex mathematical equations. This intelligence comes with a price, however."...

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Compare to the original film...

Not nearly as good I think.

Pandas is bad.

I have a copy of the one shown. Bantom books.

Thanks Chris!

Free includes debt-free!

I read this in I think the 7th or 8th grade.

It made a big impact on me. I cried and cried. Thanks for the memory of a really great story. It really blew me away at the time.


Another 7th grade read (not required)...

I remember in 7th grade having to choose and do a book report, and I chose Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury had his own half hour show in the eighties, akin to Tales from the Darkside, Monsters, Amazing Stories, and revamped Twilight Zone, which were all shown on "Saturday Nightmares" on USA network(actually Spielburg's Amazing Stories was on NBC) , hosted by "Grandpa" of the Munsters...you know, fun stuff for kids having sleep-overs...sadly the late night horror genre is a thing a thing of the past, supplanted by TMZ and other mind-numbing "reality"... ) Anyway, would love to see a remake of "451" considering it's prophetic message of a totalitarian future that we in some ways are living today.

I felt the same way.

Though actually, in terms of crying over a story... well, I don't think I cried more over any book or film than I did with The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. A movie clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qrp7t69tSU

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir