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Chocky by John Wyndham: 9781590178522 | PenguinRandomHouse

It shows the oxymoronic approach to parenting that still dominates any parent-teacher-talk: the idea that your child is an exceptional genius, and yet “perfectly normal and average” at the same time, a child that it sticks out but also blends in.

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. And, finally, she can talk through his mouth, thus communicating directly with the narrator while Matthew is in a sort of mediumistic trance.

Chocky by John Wyndham | Goodreads

Chocky is, if anything, the opposite: in fact, it's at least equal part 1950's British domestic comedy. Things continue to get worse and worse, until at the end of the book there is the revelation that things are not what the parents expect. Although The Day of the Triffids (1951) is fairly well known – in fact, the name ‘triffid’ for a large plant has become part of the English dictionary – many of those who recognise the word triffid rarely know the story from which it came. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.The series was also broadcast and popular in Czechoslovakia where it was dubbed in both Czech and Slovak languages. John Wyndham (actually John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris) is a British author who seems to be fairly unknown these days. As is the case with most good science fiction, the premise is used as a means to look at our own society from a different angle. Chocky tells us that we are using up irreplaceable natural resources but larger more powerful forces will try and stifle more eco-friendly innovation which seems quite remarkable given that this book was first published in 1968. Published in 1955, it’s a novel driven by the twin anxieties of the cold war and the atomic bomb…Fifty years on, when our enemy has changed and our fear of nuclear catastrophe has subsided, his analysis of our tribal instinct is as pertinent as ever.

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