There’s not much room for jokes this week as I make a case for the literary gut punch that is Flowers for Algernon. I like to listen to Linda Ronstadt’s Goodbye My Friend after finishing this book.
I came dangerously close to crying during the reading at the end of today’s case. Luckily, I’m numb thanks to the goings on of the world right now. That, and I had to remember how to do long division with my at-home son this morning.
As promised, here are some of the various adaptations. Check out the book, but maybe check a few of these out too. This is copied and pasted from Wikipedia. Maybe throw a few dollars at Wikipedia and keep them going!
Flowers for Algernon has been adapted many times for different media including stage, screen, and radio. These adaptations include:
- A 1961 episode of the television drama The United States Steel Hour, “The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon”, starring Cliff Robertson.
- A 1968 film, Charly, also starring Cliff Robertson, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
- A 1969 stage play, Flowers for Algernon by David Rogers.
- A 1978 stage musical, Charlie and Algernon by David Rogers and Charles Strouse.
- A 1979 rock opera, A Curious Feeling by Tony Banks.
- A 1991 radio play, Flowers for Algernon, for BBC Radio 4 starring Tom Courtenay
- A 2000 television movie, Flowers for Algernon, starring Matthew Modine.
- A 2001 episode of the television show The Invisible Man, “Flowers for Hobbes”.
- A 2002 Japanese drama, Algernon ni Hanataba wo for Fuji Television, starring Yūsuke Santamaria.
- A 2006 French television movie, Des fleurs pour Algernon.
- A 2013 episode of the television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “Flowers for Charlie”.
- A 2015 Japanese drama, Algernon ni Hanataba wo for Tokyo Broadcasting System, starring Yamashita Tomohisa and Chiaki Kuriyama.
- A 2020 episode of the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Beep Panic”.
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