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Chocky by John Wyndham
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Chocky (1968)

by John Wyndham

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I was bored through a majority of the book, but I really enjoyed the ending and the idea of friendly aliens. ( )
  Kylalala | Jun 24, 2018 |
It was a quick read. Definitely easy to get through and enjoyable. If you're looking for some easy to read sci-fi, I would recommend this. It's not full on or over the top. ( )
  carmacreator | Jun 13, 2018 |
Chocky written by John Wyndham is a rather short novel dealing with the drama surrounding a family’s encounter with an alien presence. Although the parents in this story, David and Mary, originally believe that “Chocky” is an imaginary friend that their son, Matthew, has invented, they find they have to abandon this theory when Matthew begins to express thoughts that seem far beyond him, thoughts about the rudimentary physics or questioning the use of our number system opposed to that of an unusual binary system.

The success of this story falls on the author’s ability to breathe life into his characters. As David and Mary attempt to rationalize away this imaginary friend it becomes almost humorous as they struggle to hide Chocky from other family members and the media. I found my sympathies went out to the Mother in particular as she struggles to protect her son and yet can’t help but wonder if this is a sign of mental instability in her boy. As for Chocky, she eventually realizes that she is doing more harm than good to Matthew and for his own protection decides to leave. Before she goes, however she reveals herself to the father and he gains an insight into this alien whose intentions were good, wanting to educate mankind toward acceptance and scientific learning.

Over all I found this “first contact” story to be a message for peace and understanding. A short, well written story that blends domestic life and science fiction in a gentle way. This isn’t the fearsome alien culture that we so often read about but instead a presence that presents itself as a teacher or missionary for the greater good. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 5, 2017 |
Wyndham. What a visionary. And this is a wonderful story, in part mystery, in part psychological thriller, in part family story, in part sci-fi, and in all ways, utterly hopeful, well, almost utterly.

And did I mention timely? Given the threat we pose to the planet, this book remains pertinent. ( )
  Laurenbdavis | Jun 7, 2017 |
This is definitely science fiction for people who don't like science fiction! It's about a normal family. Chocky's parents do everything they can to help and protect their son. I could identify well with the characters, even the secondary ones. The ending was superb! What a great read! ( )
  BonitaMartin | Jun 24, 2016 |
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Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schulz, Robert E.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willock, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was in the spring of the year that Matthew reached twelve that I first became aware of Chocky.
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Reality is relative. Devils, evil spirits, witches and so on become real enough to the people who believe in them. Just as God is to people who believe in Him. When people live their lives by their beliefs objective reality is almost irrelavant
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Matthew’s parents are worried. At eleven, he’s much too old to have an imaginary friend, yet they find him talking to and arguing with a presence that even he admits is not physically there. This presence – Chocky – causes Matthew to ask difficult questions and say startling things: he speaks of complex mathematics and mocks human progress. Then, when Matthew does something incredible, it seems there is more than the imaginary about Chocky. Which is when others become interested and ask questions of their own: who is Chocky? And what could it want with an eleven-year-old boy?

A story of innocence and alien contact, Chocky is a sinister tale of manipulation and experimentation from afar.
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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141042184, 014119149X

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