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Chocky (original 1968; edition 1968)

by John Wyndham

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Title:Chocky
Authors:John Wyndham
Info:New York: Ballantine. c1968. 18 cm. ; 221 p.
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Rating:****
Tags:science fiction, families, children, children's, siblings, aliens, telepathy, mystery, education, science, England, damaged-replace, small paperback

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Chocky by John Wyndham (1968)

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It was worth reading, but I would struggle to recommend it to anyone.
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  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
In this small-yet-powerful book, the main character's adoptive son suddenly begins to have strange encounters with an "other" named Chocky. Is it an invisible friend...is the boy showing signs of mental illness...or, is it something else?

John Wyndham explores the nature of reality/perception, creativity/inspiration, and emotional reactions/inquisitive exploration. He also deftly comments on ways in which humanity is not living up to its scientific, environmental, and intellectual potential. We are not a lost cause, however.

One of the most significant issues with the book is the author's use of persistent gender stereotypes, especially with the main character and his wife. He is portrayed as being rational, logical, and understanding. His wife, however, is written as almost totally emotional, non-rational, and judgmental. Her scope and voice in the novel is limited, but when it is present it is almost always seen in a negative light. I found this to be very problematic, and took away heavily from my enjoyment of the work. ( )
  BooksForYears | Mar 31, 2016 |
3 stars. I liked it, but I liked Day of the Triffids better. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Book Description
At first they thought that Matthew was just going through a phase of talking to himself. And like many parents, they waited for him to grow out of it. But as time passed it became worse, not better. Matthew's conversations with himself grew more and more intense. It was like listening to one end of a telephone conversation while someone argued, cajoled and reasoned with another person you couldn't hear or see. Then Matthew began doing things he couldn't do before. Like counting in binary code mathematics. So he told them about Chocky, the person who lived in his head. Whoever or whatever Chocky was, it wasn't childish imagination. It was far too intelligent and frightening for that.

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Chocky is a book about growing up, friendship, and the pain of saying goodbye. It is a touchy story that is good for all ages to read. John Wyndham is an excellent writer and the book held my interest until the end. I look forward to reading some more of his books. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
"Chocky" is a book about growing up, friendship, and the pain of saying goodbye. It is a touchy story that is good for all ages to read. John Wyndham is an excellent writer and the book held my interest until the end. I look forward to reading some more of his books. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall 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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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.

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