Chocky Cover Artist Harry WillockMatthew they thought was just going through a phase of talking to himself And like many parents they waited for him to get over it but it started to get worse Mathew s c

Cover Artist Harry WillockMatthew, they thought, was just going through a phase of talking to himself And, like many parents, they waited for him to get over it, but it started to get worse Mathew s conversations with himself grew and intense it was like listening to one end of a telephone conversation while someone argued, cajoled and reasoned with anotherCover Artist Harry WillockMatthew, they thought, was just going through a phase of talking to himself And, like many parents, they waited for him to get over it, but it started to get worse Mathew s conversations with himself grew and 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 Then Matthew started 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.

  • ñ Chocky ↠ John Wyndham
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  1. John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was the son of a barrister After trying a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, he started writing short stories in 1925 After serving in the civil Service and the Army during the war, he went back to writing Adopting the name John Wyndham, he started writing a form of science fiction that he called logical fantasy As well as The Day of the Triffids, he wrote The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos filmed as Village of the Damned and The Seeds of Time.

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  1. This short novel taught me an unexpected lesson on my own fixed mindset.Imagine an alien lifeform that sneaks into the mind of a child What would you think Well, I can tell you what I expected brutal conflicts, life threatening confrontations, mobilisation of violent resistance to keep humanity safe from the evil extraterrestrial power that wants to colonise us in order to dominate our lives and exploit our weaknesses That is not what I got, though And I have to reflect on the fact that my expec [...]

  2. I thought I knew all of Wyndham s science fiction adventures The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos but this one his last had previously escaped my notice I m glad I finally discovered it, for it is a gentle, introspective tale of alien contact, as common and accessible as a children s book, and yet, in its exploration of the human mind and its boundaries, it is extraordinarily subtle and unique.David Gore observes that his twelve year old son Matthew has [...]

  3. Deeply enjoyable short novel, as long as becoming immersed for a short time in 50 s patriarchy is not off putting for you I find it refreshing to dive back into the anthropology of past decades to a time when all female characters were, naturally, full of feeling and emotions, and all male characters were rational and intellectual and responsible for protecting the women and children in their lives Part of what I love about scifi is to recognize how time bound this genre is even though authors a [...]

  4. Oh, this was SUCH a good read Twelve year old Matthew seems to have a new friend, but not of the corporeal sort The sort who teaches him binary counting, how to paint through new eyes, how to swim even when he can t , and encourages him to ask the most unusual questions of his parents and teachers Not the sort of questions you d expect from a 12 year old Chocky provides an interesting perspective on childhood, imaginary friends, and the nature of intelligence Well worth the few hours it takes to [...]

  5. I read a lot of John Wyndham in my Sci Fi youth I suppose typical of the times he was that perfect English disaster dystopia writer that was popular in the 50 s A style that held its own for a long time after I have hazy memories of being enthralled by The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos and The Chrysalids but Chocky passed me by I wonder what I would have made of it back then.Reading this in later life I can but say that it is Sci Fi for sure but hardly disaster dystopian writing I rec [...]

  6. I really like John Wyndham s books so was surprised I d never read this So when I finally made some time to tidy up my garage we ve been renovating our house for the last 4 years and in all that time my poor old garage has just been used as a dumping grounds I thought I d like to listen to a book rather than another round of Christmas songs, much as I like them Anyway, Chocky, a really enjoyable listen and a typical Wyndham book, so if you enjoy The Kraken Wakes, Day of the Triffids etc, then th [...]

  7. Following the publication of 1960 s Trouble With Lichen, fans of the hugely popular English sci fi writer John Wyndham would have to wait a good solid eight years for his next novel to be released During that time, the author limited himself to the shorter form, coming out with 10 stories One of those short stories was Chocky, which initially appeared in the March 63 issue of the legendary American magazine Amazing Stories, which had been started by author and editor Hugo Gernsback back in 1926 [...]

  8. Book blurb 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.I ll stop the blurb there, as I really think the less you know about this story and the genre it s in, the better your reading experience will be.John Wyndham is a British author whose work I ve been meaning to r [...]

  9. This was my first ever taste of sci fi shocking isn t it and I have to say that I really enjoyed this little book It wasn t quite long enough for me to feel fully invested in but I really enjoyed the tale of Matthew, a seemingly ordinary 11 year old boy, who happens to hang out with an alien The story is told from the viewpoint of Matthew s Father, who has the dual role of trying to listen to and understand Matthews accounts of Chocky while placating his not so keen wife It really is just a book [...]

  10. In this novel Wyndham goes against type yes, the background is entirely realistic, yes, an unexpected science fictional element affects the life of the narrator, but no, the entire world is not under threat and no, alien invaders are not attempting conquest In fact the aliens are benign and the narrator s family suffers at the hands of humans journalists and others.This is neither the best nor the worst of Wyndham s novels it s readable than most but has little incident and I found Matthew s mo [...]

  11. I picked this book up at work a few days ago and had never heard of it Seeing as I was looking for filler fiction while I work on university assignments I am delighted I found it It is well written from the first person perspective of Mathews father Matthew is an eleven year old boy with an imaginary friend When his adopted parent become concerned as to the irregularities of Mathews interests and in the way he talks they seek help As it turns out Chocky is real An intelligent life form sent to e [...]

  12. 1 I don t like science fiction 2 I am really picky about audio books I find I give up on books that I listen to 3 This was FANTASTIC Of course, a good production makes all the difference Produced by the BBC with character actors, Chocky is the story of young Matthew and his imaginary friend But is he she really imaginary Listen or read to find out And at about an hour, this will take no time at all

  13. Chocky had so much potential though for me it lacked Okay so in short, 12yr old Mathew is a bit old to have an imaginary friend After witnessing his odd and educated one sided conversations, his parents and physiatrists soon realise Mathews imaginary friend is an entity not from this world and is communicating with Mathew through his mind.I thought this concept was a brilliantly original idea After reading book description I was sold, I must read this book now I ran out and purchased it and star [...]

  14. 12 year old Mathew Gore finds himself talking with someone whose presence is not at all physic, Chocky His parents seem to think he is too old to have imaginary friends, but soon he starts asking, and mocking human progress And we all realise Chocky has his her point Where is Earth Why do weeks have only 7 days Gravity is real but why does it exist

  15. Review best read to the tune of youtube watch v 4pra2i His, his, his writing hits me so hardMakes me say Ermahgerd Thank you for blessing himWith a mind to write and to write neat.It feels good, when you sit on downAnd open up a book by the man from Dorridge town.And he s known as suchAnd his is a feat, uh, you can t touch.This ain t no tome, boy You can t touch this Yeah, that s how he s writing and you know You can t touch this Look through the narrator s eyes, man You can t touch this Yo, let [...]

  16. I remember reading John Wyndham s science fiction as a kid I enjoyed his stories of alien invasions threatening to take over the world Chocky was first published in 1968, after I d pretty much stopped reading science fiction, but it s come to me now in this handsome New York Review of Books edition with an Afterword by Margaret Atwood Margaret and I enjoyed it Chocky is of a different character than Wyndham s novels of the 1950s, both in the threat to the earth and in the nature of the invader W [...]

  17. Wow Just wow I read this back when I was, what, twelve It blew me away then especially the question about why cows stop, which has stayed with me forever , but I honestly didn t expect it to stand the test of time.Well, it has.Okay, so it s just a light read, and I m a little unsure about the target audience there s a lot of long words in there for twelve year old me, but it s not quite an adult book And maybe I m just reminiscing about favourite books gone by But I just really enjoyed this And [...]

  18. About a child s imaginary play mate who is not that This is very much that early sort of sci fi novel where you really don t need much besides a modestly interesting premise, but it s got an interesting English low keyness which contrasts well with the broader American version, and the writing, while not on par to some of the other things on this list, didn t make me physically ill Better than anything I ve read by Dick, I ll tell you that much.

  19. 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.

  20. Chocky presents a very original and intriguing story, not just in the phenomenon of Chocky himself, but also in the dedication and concern of a father.

  21. Good short novel, Wyndham s last, first published in 1968 It would be considered a long novella now, at about 145 pp of actual text I won t reveal what or who Chocky is, but the experienced SF reader will twig to it early on Margaret Atwood contributed a nice afterword to the NYRB edition I read Worth a few hours of your time, if your library has a copy Cool cover art, by Grayson Perry.

  22. Another excellent example of Wyndham s ability to combine domesticity and believability with a distinctly SF idea Short and memorable.

  23. This is why I love NYRB Classics so much they find all these perfect little gems which have faded into semi obscurity and resurrect them Chocky is an odd little book, about a young English boy whose relationship with an imaginary friend the Chocky of the title starts to disturb his parents Masterfully done and almost too short I wanted by the time I finished gobbling this one up.

  24. Quando se vive de acordo com as nossas convic es, a realidade objectiva quase irrelevante A fam lia Grove uma fam lia como tantas outras, que vivia tranquilamente, dia ap s dia, at chegada de um novo elemento, de origem desconhecida A este ser n o identificado chamam lhe amigo imagin rio , visto ter origem na mente de Mathew, o filho mais velho.Num mundo t o vasto e diversificado curioso como encontro conforto e paz no pensamento de que n o estamos sozinhos no universo A maioria das pessoas enco [...]

  25. I used to love this show when I was young, so much so I remember drawing these inverted pyramids all the time in school, but recently when someone asked me what it was about, I really didn t have a clue I couldn t remember the gist of the story at all just those weird pyramids.So I decided to read the book, but I have to admit it still didn t ring any bells, so either I m just getting old and my memory is failing or the TV adaptation was a lot different I m leaning towards the latter.The whole b [...]

  26. I ordered this after some list or other pimped it as a book you could read in a breeze I got an old hardback whose 182 pages were dappled with ancient coffee or blood and smelled strongly of a mildewed cellar Like a visitor from another world But the story was charming and I liked the style, and indeed I finished it off swiftly The story revolves around Matthew, a prepubescent boy visited by an alien presence, Chocky His parents mistake the being for an imaginary friend, although Matthew is old [...]

  27. A strange slight book, narrated by a father in the process of discovering that his son s imaginary friend ismething else entirely The book s charms revealed themselves to me gradually Nominally a work of science fiction pub d 1968 , I found Chocky most compelling as an allegory for the way parents come to understand their children or fail to One could also read it as an environmental message, or a commentary on marriage, or a government conspiracy tale, etc, etc which all point to the skill and [...]

  28. Sometimes an author has written many important works, and a reader just kind of stumbles upon the author in a bumbling, easy sort of way John Wyndham, writer of great sci fi classics like The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos which was made into the film Village of the Damned is one such writer He really has a strong back catalog of stories and short novels One of which is Chocky Recently reprinted by New York Review Books Classics series, Chocky is the story of a young man, Matthew, a [...]

  29. Should of called it Chalky, as it was hard to see where this story was going.Yet another of his books with dull lifeless female characters i m a girl and i like PONIES I m the mother who just worries and has no reference except to be obtuse and worry I m the bitchy female aunt I know Chocky was called female, but i think he felt that this was the plot twist The story could of been interesting but it just felt like it was going nowhere towards the end, and then spun off on a tangent I kept hopin [...]

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