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An Innocent Taste of an SF Yesterday,
This review is from: Chocky (Penguin Books) (Paperback)
Young Matthew Gore is an ordinary suburban boy who begins to hold long conversations with a mysterious presence that no-one else can perceive. His worried parents watch fearfully and try to help the boy, as he begins to produce extraordinary artworks and think in binary. His capacity for physics suddenly becomes boundless and he has knowledge which eminent scientists would find quite amazing. This novel is a record of the ambiguously sexed Chocky's impact on the lives of the Gore family.
Chocky is not a work that fits with our go-faster-stripe marked times. Had it been written today, Chocky could have well been a menacing presence, most likely would have been misconstrued as attempting to conquer the mind of this one child and perhaps next, the world entire. But no, he/she is not a malevolent force, more reminiscent of a petulant, demanding child than remorseless conqueror. And therein, lies this novel's strength, for Chocky is like an innocent taste of yesterday. A reminding flavour of simpler times, somehow ageless like honey; even though it was written quite some years ago and could easily have aged badly. Worth investigating and definitely recommended.