Chocky

Chocky

Wyndham, John

Book 1.0 of NYRB Classics

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin

Published: Jan 1, 1968

Words: 37229
Pages: 145

Description:

In *Chocky*, pioneering science-fiction master John Wyndham confronts an enigma as strange as anything found in his classic works *The Day of the Triffids* or *The Chrysalids*—the mind of a child. It’s not terribly unusual for a boy to have an imaginary friend, but Matthew’s parents have to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is anything but ordinary. Why, Chocky demands to know, are there twenty-four hours in a day? Why are there two sexes? Why can’t Matthew solve his math homework using a logical system like binary code? When the questions Chocky asks become too advanced and, frankly, too odd for teachers to answer, Matthew’s  parents start to wonder if Chocky might be something far stranger than a figment of their son’s imagination. *Chocky*, the last novel Wyndham published during his life, is a playful investigation of what being human is all about, delving into such matters as child-rearing, marriage, learning, artistic inspiration—and ending with a surprising and impassioned plea for better human stewardship of the earth. ** ### Review 'Remains fresh and disturbing in an entirely unexpeceted way' Guardian ### About the Author John Wyndham was born in 1903 in the Midlands. After leaving school, he tried his hand at several careers, including farming, law and advertising, before starting to write stories in 1925. During the war he worked as a censor in the Ministry of Information and afterwards served in the Army. The Day of The Triffids was published in 1951, and was followed by many other famous works of science fiction, including The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos. Wyndham died in 1969.