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Flores para Algernon, Daniel Keyes.

Flores para Algernon, Daniel Keyes.

Me ha gustado bastante, tanto por la historia, como por la forma de contarla, que es muy peculiar.

Charlie Gordon es un joven que padece un retraso mental severo. Vive en una institución donde va a la escuela especial, y trabaja como recadero en una panadería. Aparte de ello, es feliz con su vida, pero le gustaría ser más listo. Accede a participar en un experimento médico que mediante cirugía cerebral y drogan pretende aumentar la inteligencia de las personas, así que, aun sin tener claras las implicaciones y consecuancias, Charlie estará encantado de participar.

Mientras participa en el experimento, los doctores le animan a llevar un diario donde va contando sus experiencias, y el libro es ese diario narrado en primera persona por Charlie. En él, iremos viendo la evolución de personaje según su inteligencia va aumentando progresivamente. Los textos estarán plagados de faltas de ortografía, oraciones simples y expresiones infantiles al principio, e irán haciéndose cada vez más elaborados y complejos.

Pero no sólo la ecsritura y la forma de expresarse irá cambiando, sino que la forma de vida que llebava cada vez se le hace más pequeña, necesitando nuevas experiencias (vitales, sexuales, intelectuales…) para sentirse completo. Asismismo, su sensación de felicidad se irá desmoronando, cuando descubra que los que creía sus amigos en realidad sólo se reían de él, no con él. Viviremos toda una metamorfosis en Charlie, pero no sólo a nivel intelectual, sino en todos los sentidos.

Muy interesante, cortito pero sobrecogedor, sobre todo, por la forma de narrarlo. Un libro que impresionó hasta al maestro Asimov, no digo más.

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7 respuestas a “RESEÑA: Flores para Algernon, de Daniel Keyes”

  1. Información Bitacoras.com…

    Valora en Bitacoras.com: Me ha gustado bastante, tanto por la historia, como por la forma de contarla, que es muy peculiar. Charlie Gordon es un joven que padece un retraso mental severo. Vive en una institución donde va a la escuela especial, y tra……

  2. Homo libris dice:

    Por lo que tengo entendido, es uno de los libros imprescindibles de la ciencia ficción, y lo cierto es que no deja de llamarme la atención. Siendo así de cortito, tengo que sacar un hueco para hacerme con él y leerlo en cuanto pueda.

    Gracias por la reseña. Un saludo.

  3. Alicia dice:

    Por si a alguien le interesa, se hizo una película sobre la novela; dejo el enlace a la ficha de la película:
    http://www.filmaffinity.com/es/film172889.html

    La verdad es que merece la pena verla, aunque no es ciencia ficción.
    Un saludo a todos.
    Alicia.

  4. @scen dice:

    Pues voto por una sesión de cine al aire libre ;)

  5. José Ignacio dice:

    Hola, deciros que mi recomendación es que leáis este libro en versión novela, o sea la versión en la que se alargó el relato para optar al premio Hugo.
    Y digo esto porque el autor de este blog dice que este relato es cortito…
    Hay tres versiones: Un primer relato corto. Luego está la versión novela, de la editorial Acervo de 200 y pico páginas que se alargó para poder optar al premio Hugo (creo que S.M. ha reeditado recientemente la versión novela). Además existe otra versión ultra corta del relato (editada por el Barco de Vapor y también editó la versión relato corto).
    La versión novela me parece mucho más completa porque habla de muchos recuerdos de Charlie, sus neuras, la ternura que destila cuando habla de sus recuerdos caundo era retrasado, etc. La novela es mucho más compleja y rica en matices, y por eso es altamente recomendable.
    También se hizo una película de esta historia llamada “Charly” y una serie para TV por el 2000.
    Saludos.

  6. César dice:

    Hola José Ignacio. Esta debe ser la versión que dices tú, porque tiene 206 páginas. No obstante, con esa extensión se me hizo muy cortita. :)

  7. cqqmsgvyz dice:

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