Flowers for Algernon (Millennium SF Masterworks S)

by Daniel Keyes | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1857989384 Global Overview for this book
Registered by drutt of Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on 7/2/2006
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by drutt from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, July 2, 2006
Bought to be herrgirl's Unconvention NSS book, 'cause it was on her wish list.

Journal Entry 2 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 2, 2006
I've been wanting to read this for ages so I was thrilled when it was in my goody bag at the UnConvention in Birmingham.Thank you very much, drutt, and also for the chocolate and the pretty note. I hope you enjoyed your first UnCon as much as I did.

From the back of the book:

Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental transformation preceded this, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

Journal Entry 3 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
I found it hard to believe that this book was written forty years ago, as the story it tells is so relevant to the twenty first century. It is a touching book, which looks at the question of whether it is worse to lose something, or to never have had it in the first place. It challenges some of the perceptions and attitudes of the scientific community, as they appear to lose sight of the nature of their subject. The book touches on our own fears of not fitting in, and how easy it is to become isolated even when you apparently have everything going for you. Finally it is an appeal for tolerance and for treating all people with equal respect.

Thanks again, drutt, I'm really glad I read this book. I'm going to offer it as a ring as I hope others will want to read about Charlie and what happened to him.

Journal Entry 4 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 17, 2006
This is going out on a ring. Players are

bean-frog (UK, post in UK)
notingnothing (UK,)(skipped till end)
CaterinaAnna (UK,)
4orty7even (UK)
notingnothing - book is here
herrgirl


Journal Entry 5 by bean-frog from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 24, 2006
This arrived in the post today, along with another book crossing book! I shall read it soon.

Journal Entry 6 by bean-frog from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 8, 2006
I really enjoyed this book, and would higly recommend it.

Have pm'd notingnothing for address.

Journal Entry 7 by notingnothing from Sidcup, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, September 7, 2006
Arrived today - thank you :) Have heard good things about this book & have wanted to read for awhile.

I do have quite a few bookrings waiting at the moment but will get to it asap.

Journal Entry 8 by notingnothing from Sidcup, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, October 22, 2006
Not able to read this at the moment so am going to send it unread to CaterinaAnna and read it at the end of the ring instead. Thanks herrgirl.

Enjoy :)

Journal Entry 9 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, October 30, 2006
Arrived safely today, thank you notingnothing.
Need to promote it up the batting order, as I have another book to send to 4orty7even.

Journal Entry 10 by Caterinaanna from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, November 5, 2006
I picked this up to read a few pages before getting ready to go out ... and then was running around in a hurry having read half of it already. I do think there are one or two places where its vintage shows through, not least in the treatment and development of female characters. I thought one of the saddest aspects was Charlie's growing recognition that others had been laughing at him or, at best, pitying him and one of the most realistic was his developing arrogance and inability to relate to other people.

Wonderful book, joining wishlist two and one that when I next teach any A level will be required reading.

Thank you herrgirl for sending this round.

On it's way to 4orty7even in my next parcelling session.

Journal Entry 11 by Caterinaanna at book ring in a RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 10, 2006

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Parcelled as a large letter with 'I, Lucifer'and donated to the Royal Snail via my nearest post box

Journal Entry 12 by 4orty7even from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, November 11, 2006
Arrived today - many thanks.

Update Jan 30th - started today (so many bookrings to get through!).

Journal Entry 13 by 4orty7even from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, February 9, 2007
Finished this last night and really enjoyed it. Slow to start, but worth sticking with as the story builds towards it's inevitable sad ending.

Waiting for notingnothing's address.

Journal Entry 14 by 4orty7even at on Sunday, February 11, 2007

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Off in the post to notingnothing.

Journal Entry 15 by notingnothing from Sidcup, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Arrived safely - thank you.

Journal Entry 16 by notingnothing from Sidcup, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I enjoyed this & was glad made the effort to persevere with it (was worrying a little that I'd be hanging onto it too long)

Thanks herrgirl for organising this bookring.

Journal Entry 17 by herrgirl from Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 5, 2007
This arrived home safely today. Thanks to everyone who participated in the ring.

I'm putting it into my permanent collection now, but would be prepared to lend it out if anyone else wanted to read it.

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