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Chocky, o amigo invisível

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,085 Ratings  ·  313 Reviews
A família Grove já se tinha confrontado com a amiga imaginária da pequena Polly, a filha mais nova. Tinha sido um período atribulado mas, assim como viera, fora esquecido. Porém, quando já não seria de esperar, é Mathew que aos onze anos começa a ter estranhos diálogos com um personagem aparentemente imaginário. A princípio, os pais tentam não se preocupar, mas torna-se ev ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Editorial Presença (first published 1968)
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Jul 24, 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
Elizabeth A
Sep 24, 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
Mar 12, 2009 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
Kirsty Grant
Apr 20, 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
A fun read. Recommended for Sci-Fi starters.
Jul 15, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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 more readable than most but has little incident and I found Mat
Dec 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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!
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?
Travis Rockwell
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
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
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
Maria João Fernandes
Oct 23, 2013 Maria João Fernandes rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
"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
Nov 30, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
[Review best read to the tune of: ]

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
Oct 14, 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
Feb 25, 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
Jun 27, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
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
Wendy Chard
Oct 14, 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
In the "child gets creepy supernatural invisible friend" subgenre, this is pretty much unimprovable
Candy Barr
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A lot of firsts these days and I can't quite remember what made me want to read Chocky but I am glad that I did. I recall watching it as a child and being very frightened of it yet undeniably drawn to it. What I love about the story is that it is told through the format of Observer-Narrator, a rare narrative device which has the story told from the point of view of a character who is not the main protagonist. This works so well in this story since the main character is meant to be shrouded in my ...more
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.
Daniel Etherington
3.5 stars.

Wyndham was probably the first adult writer I read, encouraged by my mother. She suggested his famous apocalyptic stories - Triffids, Kraken Wakes - following my enthusiasm for John Christopher's apocalyptic and PA youth novels. So he has a big place in my heart and I continue to collect his works in orange Penguin editions.

That's how I've come back to Chocky, a reread after perhaps 30 years. It's not one of his best but still has a place in vintage British SF. It's simultaneously a po
Chocky is a novella by the science fiction writer John Wyndham, better known for The Day of the Triffids and the Midwich Cuckoos. Although it was written in 1963 it has not dated. It's premise is that a young boy is possessed by an alien creature who has come to help earth marshal its resources and to investigate our planet as a possible opportunity for colonisation. Most readers would approach this book with some idea of its story from the two television adaptations which are now fixtures in DV ...more
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.
Published in 1968, Chocky was the last book written by scifi writer, John Wyndham, before his death the following year. It is about an eleven-year-old English boy named Matthew Gore who seems to have an imaginary friend he calls Chocky. The story is related by the boy's adopted father who is doing his best to remain calm and figure out what is going on. Does the boy have a mental disorder? Is he possessed? This enjoyable story unfolds at a nice pace with a satisfying conclusion.This edition incl ...more
Review: This is a story a science fiction story. A family; mother, father, adopted son and daughter who live in England. One day, the father notices his son having a sort of debate with noone. He is just turned 12 but all of a sudden seems to have an invisible friend like his sister did when she was small. The father and mother both deal with this situation in their own ways but also are obviously very loving and supportive of their son. The theme is that of aliens or extraterrestrials and their ...more
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
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
May 12, 2010 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
‘Chocky’ tells the story of Matthew Gore, an average 12 year old boy until the day he begins speaking to ‘Chocky’. At first, his parents, David and Mary and his younger sister, Polly believe ‘Chocky’ is an imaginary friend, true, Matthew is a bit old to have a imaginary friend, they decide to let Chocky runs his or her course. Chocky’s begins to affect Matthew in different ways, he is asking questions he has never asked before, completing mathematics problems that he should not be able to do.

Jan 16, 2012 Lynley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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. A ...more
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