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Chocky by John Wyndham

Chocky (original 1968; edition 1968)

by John Wyndham

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Authors:John Wyndham
Info:New York: Ballantine. c1968. 18 cm. ; 221 p.
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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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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 |
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed listening to it. I felt sorry for Mary Gore because of her attitude toward Chocky. Matthew proved he was an honorable boy, so it's a good thing the alien called 'Chocky' chose him. The problems caused by thoughtless reporters and certain scientists who should have been ashamed of themselves were all too believable.

This radio dramatization of John Wyndham's classic, Chocky, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

Cast list:

Mathew Gore -- Sacha Dhawan
Chocky -- Kathryn Hunt
David Gore -- Owen Teale
Mary Gore -- Cathy Tyson
Polly Gore -- Holly Grainger
Alan -- John Lloyd Fillingham
Sir William Thorpe -- John Barnwell ( )
  JalenV | Jun 8, 2016 |
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 |
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It was in the spring of the year that Matthew reached twelve that I first became aware of Chocky.
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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141042184, 014119149X

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