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Chocky

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,564 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
At first they though that Matthew 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, 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 perso
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Paperback, 154 pages
Published 1976 by Penguin Books Limited (first published 1968)
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poingu
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 ...more
Donna
Feb 06, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ta ...more
Adrian
Dec 13, 2016 Adrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, the
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Elizabeth A
Sep 23, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Chris K
Shelves: audio, 2015
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 meani
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The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
Feb 17, 2009 The Book Whisperer (aka Boof) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Charity
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 jus
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Kirsty Grant
Apr 18, 2015 Kirsty Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sen ...more
Chris
Sep 14, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I don't like science fiction.
2. I am really picky about audio books. I find I give up on more 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!
Kenchiin
A fun read. Recommended for Sci-Fi starters.
Carlos Clorth
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?
James Murphy
Dec 16, 2016 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 inv
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Travis
Feb 21, 2016 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 goodreads book description I was sold, I must read this book now! I ran out and purcha
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Daniel Polansky
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.
Maria João Fernandes
"Quando se vive de acordo com as nossas convicções, a realidade objectiva é quase irrelevante."

A família Grove é uma família como tantas outras, que vivia tranquilamente, dia após dia, até à chegada de um novo elemento, de origem desconhecida. A este ser não identificado chamam-lhe "amigo imaginário", visto ter origem na mente de Mathew, o filho mais velho.

Num mundo tão vasto e diversificado é curioso como encontro conforto e paz no pensamento de que não estamos sozinhos no universo. A maioria d
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Philip
May 15, 2012 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 w
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S.
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
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Lee
Nov 27, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
[Review best read to the tune of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pra2i... ]

His, his, his writing hits me so hard
Makes me say "Ermahgerd!"
Thank you for blessing him
With a mind to write and to write neat.

It feels good, when you sit on down
And open up a book by the man from Dorridge town.
And he's known as such
And 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 c
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Aaron Mcquiston
Sep 01, 2015 Aaron Mcquiston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb-classics
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 ...more
Andy Bettison
Mar 23, 2014 Andy Bettison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 enjoye
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Charmaine
Feb 18, 2009 Charmaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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 tang
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Nicola
May 20, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books, sci-fi
A wonderfully engrossing little story which I read in one sitting after intending to only read the first few pages just 'to get a feel' of the text.

A perfectly normal young boy suddenly disturbs his family when he forms a relationship with an invisible friend inside his head called 'Chocky'. His parents are sure that Chocky doesn't exist but are puzzled by all of the unusual questions that their son begins to ask and the development of his strange abilities.

I kept waiting for everything to turn
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Wendy Chard
Oct 02, 2011 Wendy Chard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started Chocky the same day that I finished The Chrysalids and consequentially may have ODed on Wyndham a bit. Regardless, Chocky was a great read- managing to be both charmingly curious and deeply unsettling. What I really appreciated was the fact that Chocky was not malevolent, and was instead something of a friend to Matthew. Wyndham describes the moment when a child realises something- like an adult idea- and experiences a feeling of shock. For Matthew it was the shock of receiving recogni ...more
T-bone
Aug 06, 2016 T-bone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young boy communicates with an alien. His dumb-arse parents think he has an imaginary friend and they worry about him. But I knew he was really communicating with an alien. Because I am smart. This book bucks the trend of the alien bringing death and destruction. The alien basically just wants to hang out and help the kid swim and paint and do maths and shit. It was nice of the alien, though it made the story a little dull. But I guess that was the author's point - that humans are fearful and ...more
Bandit
Sep 25, 2012 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first audio book ever. It was very well done as a radio plays back in the day were, I'd imagine, with sound effects and different actors for different characters. The story was very interesting, half psychological half scifi, with an interesting premise and an ability to make the reader/listener really think. Recommended.
Rebecca McNutt
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.
Schrodingersduck
In the "child gets creepy supernatural invisible friend" subgenre, this is pretty much unimprovable
Valerie
Given that this edition is more than forty years old, it's in surprisingly good shape. The pages are still supple and unyellowed, the cover is still unscuffed and unscratched. True, the dust cover is somewhat torn. But the dust cover may be part of what's kept the book itself in such good shape. I must remember to put it back on before I reshelve the book.

The crux of this book is in what the narrator says at one point: "Why do people always find it easier to believe in evil spirits than in good
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Camille
Feb 05, 2017 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept but a bit anticlimactic.
Octavia Cade
Along with The Chrysalids, this is my favourite of Wyndham's books. I just love it. I don't even know why I find it so appealing, but I think it's something to do with a kid and an alien reaching out to each other to learn, and in friendship, without any of the sort of hysterical sci-fi drama that's so common in fictional first contacts. It's just so domestic, and so laid back - my favourite scene is Matthew talking to his dad about the cows, and how they get stuck in their learning and aren't a ...more
Mitchell
Chocky was the last novel John Wyndham wrote before his death (although a semi-finished one called Web was published posthumously) and for some reason I never read it while I was in high school – although I remember flicking through a copy at the library and not being intrigued enough to properly read it, just as I wasn’t intrigued by The Trouble With Lichen. I suppose it’s because unlike his classic big four novels, neither of these deals with an apocalypse, a post-apocalyptic setting, or (in t ...more
Alice
Chocky é um pequeno grande livro, uma verdadeira estória de ficção cientifica "à moda antiga" como já há muito não tinha o prazer de ler. Tudo começa quando o pai de Mathew ouve o filho travar uma acalorada discussão consigo mesmo, quando comenta o facto com a mulher ambos temem a "presença" de um amigo imaginário não apenas porque o rapaz já tem 11 anos mas, sobretudo, porque a irmã mais nova de Mathew teve um amigo imaginário que deu muitas dores de cabeça à família.
Pela voz do pai de Mathew
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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'. ...more
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