4 out of 5
A mentally challenged man has his intelligence surgically augmented to genius level before he comes full circle. It’s a bittersweet tale echoed by the of the mouse Algernon who is the first subject of the experiment. At least Charlie survives the experiment though he experiences a bunch of existential angst during his genius phase. I found Charlie an engaging character throughout the story, and that’s the reason why I rated the book so highly.