- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Gollancz; Auflage: New Ed (13. Januar 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857989384
- ISBN-13: 978-1857989380
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 1,8 x 20,1 cm
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Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Januar 2000
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Daniel Keyes wrote little SF but is highly regarded for one classic, Flowers for Algernon. As a 1959 novella it won a Hugo award; the 1966 novel-length expansion won a Nebula. The Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly (1968) also spawned a 1980 Broadway musical.
Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in a semi-literate "progris riports". He dimly wants to better himself but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving:
I dint feel bad because I watched Algernon and I lernd how to finish the amaze even if it takes me along time.
I dint know mice were so smart.
Algernon is extra-clever thanks to an experimental brain operation so far tried only on animals. Charlie eagerly volunteers as the first human subject. After frustrating delays and agonies of concentration, the effects begin to show and the reports steadily improve: "Punctuation, is fun!" But getting smarter brings cruel shocks, as Charlie realises that his merry "friends" at the bakery where he sweeps the floor have all along been laughing at him, never with him. The IQ rise continues, taking him steadily past the human average to genius level and beyond, until he's as intellectually alone as the old, foolish Charlie ever was--and now painfully aware of it. Then, ominously, the smart mouse Algernon begins to deteriorate ...
A timeless tear-jerker with a terrific emotional impact, Flowers for Algernon is the 25th choice in the millennium SF Masterworks series. --David Langford
This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up (Conn Iggulden)
A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant (Guardian)
A timeless tearjerker (Independent)
Excellent . . . extremely moving (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart (Guardian Online)
A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic (Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels)
Strikingly original (Publishers Weekly)
A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching (New York Times)
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The book starts very well. The idea itself to explore the "becoming" of a human mind is an interesting one and its realization using slight improvements in spelling, grammar, focusing, etc. works very well.
But then it starts to get boring.
There is - early - a point were you simply know how the story will end and you just want to get it done. But the author just talks on and on about details, details and some more details. The character re-visits locations from previous chapters without any reason for himself or the story.
Maybe 200 pages less would have been more in this case.
After I finished the book I looked Daniel Keyes up on the net. It says "Flowers for Algernon" had been a short story first.
The book is intense and really good written, the development of Charly isauthentic. The reader "looks" at the happenings and the whole world through Charly's diary-like progress reports, therefore the reader gets to know Charly and his thinking very well.
Yes, the book has lots of flaws, but most of them are thanks to its age. Written (and first published) in 1958 it was a fantastic science fiction story - based on nowadays science there are lots of questions and "impossibilities" (mainly the execution of the scientific experiment and its interpretation). But more than 55 years ago it was quite realistic!
The "I was happy in the bakery"-theme was a bit forced and after the realisation that his co-workers were making fun of him (that he was being harassed, not only verbally), it was a bit surprising that his return to the bakery was like a happy end: his co-workers suddenly like best friends, not only accepting him as he is, but even defending him against hasrassing etc. Unrealistic! And Charly tends to forget that he may have been not unhappy in his life before the operation, but he always wanted to learn and to be smarter, so he could talk to his friends, whom he doesn't understand at all. Well, that doens't sound like life in paradise for me, So Charly's insisting on his happy life before the operation is a bit implausible.
In spite of its flaws I really liked the storyline, the writing style (i.e. Charly's reports) and the parable-like realisation of this book.
This book is highly recommeded for children and adults. Read more than once in your lifetime and see how your perspectives change as you change.
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In midtime I felt a little bored but the scenes add up together as they must.Lesen Sie weiter