‘A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking’ Guardian Charlie Gordon a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence – a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends but the treatement turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie?