June 26, 2009

Jeeves and Wooster: "The Mating Season"

Posted in Comedy, Jeeves & Wooster at 6:21 pm by j128

The Mating Season The Mating Season is the first full-length story featured in one of the Jeeves and Wooster omnibus by P.G. Wodehouse with a foreword by Hugh Laurie, published in 2001. The Mating Season was first published in 1949.

Summary

Bertie Wooster finds himself in turmoil on all sides. A friend of his, Claude “Catsmeat” Cattermole Pirbright, has profuse love for a young lady by the name of Gertrude Winkworth, but is seemingly unable to acquire her as there are two things blocking his way: Gertrude’s mother and her four aunts and a particular young man Esmond Haddock, the son of the owner of a “widely advertised patent remedy known as Haddock’s Headache Hokies.” Allegedly, Esmond Haddock is in love with Gertrude and he intends to marry her.

Then there is Augustus “Gussie” Fink-Nottle engaged to Madeline Bassett. He is low-spirited as he has to face visiting the five aunts of Esmond Haddock, one of which is Gertrude’s mother, and he expected Madeline to accompany him on this visit; however, Madeline altered her arrangements at the last moment to cheer up an old schoolfriend who is suffering from romantic depression. Gussie later comes to meet another character, whom we describe below, Corky.

Meanwhile, Catsmeat’s sister Cora “Corky” Pirbright leaves her newly-acquired dog Sam Goldwyn in Bertie’s care as the vicar, her Uncle Sidney, is not strongly approving of dogs. Corky is also known by her stage name, Cora Starr, and she is in Hollywood.

Bertie is also caring for his Aunt Agatha’s son Thomas, who is a fanatic with celebrities and will go to exremities to get their autograph. When he learns that Corky is Cora Starr, he acquires fifty of her autographs and plans to sell them for six quid apiece. In later developments in the story, Thomas becomes more acquinted with Corky and is even let into her plans.

The ball begins rolling when Catsmeat, under suggestion of Bertie, gives Gussie dinner, as both chaps are low-spirited. Afterwards, at five o’clock in the morning, Gussie wades into the Trafalger Square fountain in search of newts. (Did I mention Gussie is a newt fancier?) Catsmeat had persuaded Gussie to wade and look for newts otherwise he’d bean Gussie (in other words, hit him on the head with something hard). It is not long when a constable arrests Gussie and the magistrate holds Gussie – thus suspending Gussie for a period of time and it is not possible for him to visit Deverill Hall.

It is up to Bertie to go to Deverill Hall impersonating Gussie Fink-Nottle, which will be somewhat easy as the Winkworths have never set eyes upon Gussie. Catsmeat also journeys to Deverill under the alias as Meadowes, Bertie’s valet, as Jeeves is Gussie’s valet since Gussie finally arrives at Deverill as Bertie. Love is in the air, “the mating season”, and it is up yet again to Jeeves to smooth out the tangles and give everyone a happy ending.

June 24, 2009

Roald Dahl

Posted in Autobiography, Comedy at 8:21 pm by j128

Roald Dahl Boy: Tales of Childhood and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, are two autobiographies of his. Boy, as the title implies, tells of his childhood, and Going Solo tells of his life after childhood from the time of his employment at the Eastern Staff of the Shell Company where he lived in Africa for a while to when he comes home after being an air fighter in World War II.

Boy

Boy: Tales of Childhood – Roald Dahl tells a little bit of his family’s history and then he tells from the moment he was born to when he was of school age all the way up to when he was employed by Shell. Some of my favorite stories are The Great Mouse Plot, when he and a few of his school chums release a trick on the sweetshop owner, who is not at all very nice to any of them; when he went to a boarding school where Cadbury, I think it was, gave samples to the students and asked for the students’ opinions of their chocolates and this is the inspiration for one of his most-loved book, which was made into two movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. These are not all of my favorite stories, there are way more than two, but there are so many of my favorites I cannot remember them all. An immense enjoyment from beginning to end!

Going SoloGoing Solo – In Going Solo Roald Dahl is on his way to Africa after being assigned there from the Shell Company. He meets some rather absurd people – and experiences even more bazaar events some of which include seeing a couple, passengers on the ship, run naked across the deck in the early morning air to young Mr. Dahl’s astonishment. He also meets a woman who is very health concerned, so concerned it is way over the top! She sees the fingers as horrible things carrying parasites and never eats food with her fingers, even an orange. Instead she uses knife and fork. In Africa Mr. Dahl is in store for more adventures including black and green mambas and a simba (Swahili for lion), which takes off with the cook’s wife in its jaw, and the wife pretends to be dead. Then we’re not too far in the book when Mr. Dahl volunteers for World War II and he flies airplanes all the way until he is rendered disabled after an airplane accident and is sent home where he reunites with his family.

Recommended Reading

Besides these two autobiographies, I would also recommend reading My Year by Roald Dahl. It is a thin book with twelve chapters covering each month. All of the chapters are relatively short but every one of them is delightful. My Year is based on a dairy he wrote during the final year of his life and was published in 1993. Within each chapter, Mr. Dahl writes about reminiscents of his childhood and adolescence as well as giving gardening tips and notes about wildlife of which he was always fascinated by.

For those who wish to taste the marvelous (and sometimes revolting) foods that he created in his numerous books, please have a look at these cookbooks: (in order)

  1. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes – Includes Willy Wonka’s Strawberry Flavoured Chocolate Coated Fudge, Green Pea Soup (The Witches), Snozzcumbers, Bird Pie, and Stickjaw for Talktative Parents.
  2. Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes – Includes Strawberry Bonbons (the kind that can’t be found in any sweet shop), Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight, Doc Spencer’s Pie, Hot Noodles made from Poodles on a Slice of Garden Hose, and Magic Green Crystal from James and the Giant Peach.

Both cookbooks are illustrated by Quentin Blake and of course there are many more delectable kinds of food than what are listed here but that would be giving away the surprise and furthermore, some of the recipes are so disgusting they aren’t even worth mentioning even though everyone else says they taste more delicious than what the book says: never judge a book by its cover.

Links

http://www.roalddahl.com/ – Roald Dahl’s official website, requires Macromedia Flash Player to access the website

http://www.answers.com/Roald%20Dahl/ – Biography and discussion about Roald Dahl and his books

January 2, 2008

P.G. Wodehouse's Beloved Characters: Jeeves and Wooster

Posted in Comedy, Jeeves & Wooster at 3:31 pm by j128

Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves are two of P.G. Wodehouse (pronounced wood-house) most beloved characters and are a hit with people of all ages, trust me! Many people, young and old, are familiar with the extraordinary relationship between the young bachelor and his ever-faithful valet.

Summary

Bertie Wooster is a young man who has a vast fortune inherited from one of his uncles. Despite this his formidable Aunt Agatha does not approve of his bachelor lifestyle and thinks him as a spineless invertaebrate and it is men like him “who make people with the future of humanity at heart despair”. Bertie is, according to Jeeves, “mentally negligible” but otherwise a good sport, meaning good for everyone,though, as is his reputation, a walking disaster. When Bertie cooks up a scheme anyone can be sure to see trouble following without disappointment.

Bertie Wooster

Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie)

Bertie has many “friends”, who are all one way or another rather oafish or just plain nasty, and all require Jeeves’ wonderful ideas in whatever troubles they may be suffering. Besides friends there are also, of course, the aunts and uncles. Bertie’s parents died leaving him an orphan so it was up to the various aunts and uncles to raise him. The most prominent aunts in P.G. Wodehouse’s stories are Aunt Agatha and Aunt Dahlia.

As said earlier Aunt Agatha does not approve of Bertie’s lifestyle and she is constantly trying to get Bertie married off but her plans always fail – thank Jeeves for that! Aunt Dahlia, on the other hand, is somewhat the opposite of Aunt Agatha. She loves Bertie and seems to enjoy his company at times though she does have her own temper, too, when something goes beyond her limit. Most times she also calls for Jeeves’ aid in matters, another point contrary to Aunt Agatha: Aunt Agatha does not particularly like Jeeves. She thinks Jeeves controls Bertie’s life, making decisions for him, and whatnot. But is that not what Aunt Agatha tries to do for Bertie?

Bertie has had several valets and all have been dismissed. The last valet he had before he hired Jeeves pinched his silk socks. Jeeves is the “gentleman’s gentleman” and is more than just a valet. Everybody asks for his help when it is needed and he skillfully answers the call every time. Always calm, never raises his voice, and does his duty: he is loved by everyone with the exception of Aunt Agatha and a few others. He is much smarter than Bertie and when required he pulls Bertie out of the many and various messes they both encounter throughout their adventures. Jeeves also has his preferences for dress-wear: what is suitable and what is not suitable for his master and others, too, though for the others it is not his place to say. As for Bertie, Jeeves has disapproved of purple socks, pink silk ties, a white dinner jacket, wearing a moustache, and a straw hat just to name a few of his disapprovals.

Jeeves got his name from a cricketer and is somewhat based on P.G. Wodehouse’s own valet who once saved his life from something that Mr. Wodehouse could not save himself from. The real Jeeves was said to have died during World War II when he was called up and killed in action.

Books and the Television Show

P.G. Wodehouse wrote a number of books and short stories about the adventures of Bertie and Jeeves, which are collectively known as the “Jeeves canon” or the “Jeeves books.” I have not yet read the entire canon yet, though I will here list the books featuring Bertie and Jeeves. N.B., Some of these titles are available as omnibuses, such as the Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus starring The Mating Season, The Code of the Woosters, and Right Ho, Jeeves! with an introduction by Hugh Laurie. (The introduction is exactly the same as the article listed below by Hugh Laurie; the introduction is quite enjoyable such as Hugh Laurie describing how, during his teen years, he “somehow contrived to pull off the gruesome trick of being both fat and thin at the same time.”)

  1. The Man with Two Left Feet
  2. My Man Jeeves
  3. The Inimitable Jeeves (US title: Jeeves)
  4. Carry On, Jeeves
  5. Very Good, Jeeves
  6. Thank You, Jeeves
  7. Right Ho, Jeeves (US title: Brinkley Manor)
  8. Joy in the Morning (US title: Jeeves in the Morning)
  9. The Mating Season
  10. Ring for Jeeves (US title: The Return of Jeeves)
  11. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (US title: Bertie Wooster Sees it Through)
  12. A Few Quick Ones
  13. Jeeves in the Offing (US title: How Right You Are, Jeeves)
  14. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
  15. Plum Pie
  16. Much Obliged, Jeeves (US title: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)
  17. Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (US title: Catnappers)

Besides the books there is the much popular television series Jeeves and Wooster starring Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves. Most wonderful! Wonderful acting, brilliant dialogue, and witty plots. It made four seasons all of which are now available on DVD and VHS. If you’ve never seen the series you simply must! Everyone will get great enjoyment out of it! And if you’ve read their adventures before in all the books listed above, even better; but if not, reading the books is not required before watching the series. However, do still read the books for they contain their own enjoyment that cannot always be captured on the screen. Stephen Fry was said to be a bit too young for the role and that Hugh Laurie almost exaggerated Bertie’s character too much as he does have some sense in the books and not always having to rely on Jeeves – in Bertie’s words, chaa! Their acting is the best of the best and they completely play their characters – never once does one think of them as Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie: they’re Jeeves and Wooster!

As well as the series being available on DVD and VHS, various episodes, albiet being disorganized, can be found on YouTube here. There are also related videos containing Jeeves and Wooster content.

Favourite Quotes from the Television Series Jeeves and Wooster (of course there are more favourite quotes than those listed – this is just in general)

“A gentleman does not wear a straw hat in the metropolis.” – Jeeves, commenting upon Bertie’s choice of fashion

“Hello. Who am I? I am Jeeves. _ What do you mean, “I think not?” _ Oh, yes. I see, I see. Good bye.” – One of Bertie’s friends, specifically Barmy, impersonating Jeeves upon Bertie’s request over the telephone and realizing he was talking with the real Jeeves.

“I say! I say! You’re engaged.” – Bertie after instantly being cured of his heavy hangover by the newly-arrived valet Jeeves’s medicine.

“Hello. Why are you holding hands? Is this an English custom?” – Jeeves impersonating an American female novelist who comes across Bertie and Cheesewright (a rival) caught in the gesture of shaking hands.

“It’s about time some publicly-spirited person told you where to get off. The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you’ve succeeded in convincing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting, “Hail, Spode!” and you imagine it’s the voice of the people. That is where you make you’re bloomer. What the voice of the people is actually saying is, “Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever see such a perfect perisher?” I know your secret, Spode!” – Bertie, confronting and at the same time, insulting Roderick Spode, a fascist leader and Count of Sidcup.

“And to prove it, I will eat a ham thandwith.” – Augustus “Gussie” Fink-Nottle, breaking his engagement to Madeline Bassett by eating a ham sandwitch: Madeline had put Gussie on a strict vegetarian diet yet she still ate meat, even though it was torture. Gussie lisps as does Madeline Bassett.

“She’s like a tender goddess!” – Richard “Bingo” Little referring to Honoria Glossop, the forced intended of Bertie. Bingo falls in and out of love with several women throughout the series until at last he finds his true love.

Favourite Dialogue Scenes

Bingo: “Bertie!”

Bertie: “Bingo!”

Bingo: “She telephoned!”

Bertie: “She telephoned you, eh? That’s good, shows some friendly spirit.”

Bingo: “Well, she didn’t phone me exactly; when I picked up the phone, I was standing beside it.”

Bertie: “What’d she say?”

Bingo: “She said, “Let me talk to someone with a brain.” “

Bertie: “Ah.”

Bingo: “But it was friendly, the way she said it.”

Hororia’s younger brother Oswald begins to giggle. Bingo promptly hits him with a book on the head.

Oswald: “Ow!”

Bingo: “Go and start your Latin!”

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Sir Roderick Glossop: “Do you keep a cat, Mr. Wooster?”

Bertie: “Cats? No.”

Sir Roderick: “I had the distinct impression I heard a cat mewing either in this room or close at hand.”

Bertie: “Oh, well, probably a taxi or something in the street.”

Lady Glossop: “A taxi, Mr. Wooster?”

Bertie: “Yes, well. Taxis do squawk a bit, don’t they?”

Lady Glossop: “Squawk?”

Bertie: “Yes, well, like cats in a way.”

Sir Roderick: “Lady Glossop and I have a particular horror of cats.”

Bertie: “Oh well, there you go, then. Probably don’t much like taxis.” (Laughs)

Lady Glossop: “My huband had an unfortunate experience with a taxi only this afternoon.”

Sir Roderick: “Indeed I did. I was about to be driven to the Duke of (?)’s house – “

Bertie: “Or cage as I expect he likes to call it.”

Sir Roderick: “Anyways, I was sitting innocently in my car when my hat was snatched from my head. And as I looked back I perceived to be waved in a kind of feverish triumph from the interior of a taxicab!”

Bertie: “Huh! What an extraoridary thing. Must be some sort of practical joke, I suppose.”

Sir Roderick: “I confess I failed to detect anything to accomodate in the outrage. The action without question was that of a mincely unbalanced subject. Mr. Wooster! What is the meaning of this?”

Bertie: “Eh?”

Sir Roderick: “There is a cat close at hand! It is not in the street!”

Bertie: “Look, I have not got a cat, I tell you. All right, I’ll get Jeeves in here!” (Rings bell.)

Sir Roderick: “There it is again!”

Lady Glossop: “I can’t bear it! I simply can’t bear it!”

Bertie: “No, look, it must be Jeeves.”

Sir Roderick: “Jeeves?”

Jeeves: “You called, sir?”

Sir Roderick: “Um, uh, um, why were you making a noise like a cat?”

Jeeves: “No, sir. Will that be all, sir?”

Bertie: “No, it will jolly not be all, Jeeves. Are there any cats in the flat?”

Jeeves: “Only the three in your bedroom, sir.”

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Links

To read more about P.G. Wodehouse, his characters, and books click the following links:

Bibliography of P.G. Wodehouse – Including the Jeeves canon, Blandings Castle, the Psmith series, and others.

P.G. Wodehouse’s biography– Answers.com

Stephen Fry discussing P.G. Wodehouse

Hugh Laurie discussing how P.G. Wodehouse saved his life

“In Defense of P.G. Wodehouse” by George Orwell, an essay

An episode guide of the television series Jeeves and Wooster, books, music, interviews, and more.

P.G. Wodehouse on Project Gutenberg

September 21, 2006

Rosy is my Relative

Posted in Comedy at 3:13 am by j128

Bookcover of \"Rosy is my Relative\" Rosy is my Relative by British author Gerald Durrell, was first published in 1968. According to the Author’s Note, Rosy is my Relative is an almost-true story; yes, Adrian Rookwhistle and Rosy really did exist, etc. Mr. Durrell says he merely elaborated on some of the events that took place.

Summary

The story is about Adrian Rookwhistle, a man in his thirties, and when we first see him he is in his attic bedroom pulling grotesque faces in the mirror while playing pretend (he’s the greatest swordsman outside of France) and talking to himself at the same time, about how he’s never had any real adventures, per se. He’s saying maybe he’s just one of those kinds of people who just lead boring lives and don’t have any real adventures.

At that moment, Adrian’s housekeeper (who is dull and melancholic; she usually has hardly anything exciting to say) announces Adrian has a letter…in an envelope, saying the last bit to prove her point to Adrian Rookwhistle in disbelief.

After some pushiness from his housekeeper, Adrian finally opens the letter while eating a black pudding lacking in flavour made by his housekeeper (sorry, cannot remember her name at the present!) and she comments that her husband loves her black pudding – actually, her husband has been dead for some years, but she insists upon talking about him as if he were right there, alive and well.

The letter is from Adrian’s Uncle Amos, known as the ‘black sheep’ of the family and he has pretty much committed all of the ‘more attractive sins’. This is in reference to the fact that Adrian’s parents were hardcore Christians. His father was a minister. One day, however, God ill-fated his parents to a dastardly plunge to their deaths when they were on a carriage ride and the bridge underneath them crumbled quite suddenly, leaving Adrian an orphan. Anyway, Uncle Amos was a circus performer and his deathbed request to Adrian is to take care of Rosy, and also left Adrian five hundred British pounds to look after her. Uncle Amos also warns Adrian of Rosy’s inevitable habit (for him to blame) of taking alcholic drink and he also says to watch her consumption, as it can make her unpredictable.

Drat! Adrian thinks along those lines. He had been wishing for a little bit of adventure and what has happened? A little bit of ‘unwanted’ adventure for him!

Once his housekeeper has left for her once-a-week visit to her husband’s grave, he goes to see his friend, a coffin-maker, for advice. After a while both men make an assumption that Rosy is a drunken circus acrobat! However, this is not the case, as Adrian later finds out that Rosy is in fact…an elephant! She has no tusks, but as it is, she is still capable of making mayhem, though unintentionally.

Adrian decides he can simply not keep Rosy and takes her on a walk down to the coast, planning to sell her. A series of misadventures follow, which eventually leads Adrian to become a wanted criminal for a great deal of crimes including damaged property, the distrubing of a fox-hunt, etc., etc.

The law eventually catches up with him and he is put on trial, helped by Sir Magnus. The case is won and in the end Adrian finally proposes to Samantha and reveals his love for her. The couple-to-be announces their engagement and are to be married at the Unicorn and Harp, the inn Samantha and her father run. At that moment, they discover Rosy has broken loose and is making mayhem. The story ends with the entire party running to catch Rosy. A new adventure begins…

September 9, 2006

All Creatures Great and Small

Posted in Comedy, James Herriot at 1:55 am by j128

All Creatures Great & Small

Audio recording of All Creatures Great and Small, narrated by Christopher Timothy

All Creatures Great and Small is a fictionalized account by James Herriot, the pseudonym of Alfred Wight, of his years as a veterinary surgeon. It is an omnibus of his first two books, If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, which were considered too short to publish individually in the US. The name derives from the second line of the hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful and it was suggested by Mr. Herriot’s daughter who had thought the volume ought to be called Ill Creatures Great and Small.

The first volumn deals with James Herriot’s early days as a vet, from the time he was hired by Siegfried Farnon to the marriage of his wife, Helen.

In all of James Herriot’s books the accounts are fictionalized and names are changed. For example, my favorite patient in All Creatures Great and Small is Triki Woo and his mistress, Mrs. Pumphrey, whose characters are based upon are Bambi and his mistress Miss Marjory Warner. Siegfried was actually much more eccentric in real life; indeed, former colleagues and clients have said Siegfried’s character was considerably toned down. Siegfried’s real name was Donald Sinclair.

Tristan, Sigfried’s brother, was also a veterinary surgeon or veterinarian in US usage. His real name was Brian Sinclair. Contrast to his brother, Tristan enjoyed James’s fictionalized portrayal of himself as the ne’er-do-well brother.

The series gained such popularity that it was made into a feature film and a TV series titled All Creatures Great and Small. I do know that the TV series is available on region 1 and region 2 DVD, but I’m not sure about the movie (availability wise).

James Herriot’s works have also inspired many people to become vets themselves.

I have also read the sequel to All Creatures Great and Small: All Things Bright and Beautiful.

The series are: (volumes)

  1. All Creatures Great and Small (contains If Only They Could Talk & It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet)
  2. All Things Bright and Beautiful (contains Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness)
  3. All Things Wise and Wonderful (contains Vets Might Fly and Vet in a Spin)

Books:

  1. If Only They Could Talk
  2. It Shouldn’t Happen To a Vet
  3. Let Sleeping Vets Lie
  4. Vet in Harness
  5. Vets Might Fly
  6. Vet in a Spin
  7. James Herriot’s Yorkshire
  8. The Lord God Made Them All
  9. Every Living Thing
  10. James Herriot’s Dog Stories

James Herriot also wrote books about animal experiences, probably fictitious, for younger children. I have read one: The Market Square Dog.

The series are also available on audio CD read by Christopher Timothy.

Links

All Creatures Great & Small – Answers.com article

August 29, 2006

Chocky

Posted in Comedy, Science Fiction at 3:59 am by j128

Book cover of \

Chocky (this is the edition that I read)

Chocky is a science fiction book by British author John Wyndham which was published in 1968 and was his last book, a year before his death. So far, it’s my favourite John Wyndham book.

Chocky is a very witty story, but also contains twists of seriousness, etc. It is told in the first person by David Gore, who is the father of the Gore family.

Summary

The Gore family consists of David, who tells the story, David’s wife Mary, and their children: Matthew and Polly. Matthew is their adopted son, and Polly is their daughter by birth. Mary was quite insistent on having a child, but after many tries and no results, they used the alternative: adopting a child.

Polly had an invisible, imaginary friend and was very attached to her friend, so much that there were some embarrasing scenes, i.e. they ‘forgot’ Polly’s friend back home and the result? They had to loop back home, pick up Polly’s “friend”, and then set off once again. Matthew acquired an imaginary friend as well, but this causes some concern in his father because it seems that Matthew is too old (ten years old) to have an imaginary friend.

Chocky, Matthew’s friend’s name, is actually an advanced alien from a world thousands and thousands of light years away and resides in Matthew’s consciousness. Chocky is trying to find out about Earth and through discovering, there are several conflicts between Matthew and Chocky. Some sample questions are, for example, what is the point of two parents? Why not just one? Because if you get angry with one parent, how can you still love the other? And so on and so on, very complex and interesting questions.

Trouble arises for the Gore family when Matthew nearly drowns with Polly, but is then saved by ‘an angel’, who is actually Chocky. Matthew is kidnapped, and the people who hold him in confinement say to him that he broke his leg and are fixing it. Matthew later tells his parents he assumed it was a hospital, it was clean and its people were clean in the same ways a hospital should be. Then in the middle of the night he is taken in a car, a second car, and falls asleep continually because he is drugged, and then when he wakes up again he is far away from his hometown. That’s when he asks a policeman where he is and whisked back home because Matthew had been missing for several weeks and the police had been combing through the country looking for him.

Before Chocky leaves forever, Chocky tries to explain to David about what her mission was on Earth. But she also explains other things, such as the failure with Matthew. Then she takes her leave and is never seen again.A very good book and it is a pleasure to read! Of course, this isn’t a detailed article about Chocky and there are large gaps in-between, so you aren’t getting the whole story. If you would like to learn more, read the book!

Notes

There was a Chocky television series produced by Thames Televison and all were written by Anthony Read. It was shown in six episodes between Jan. 9 and Feb. 13 1984. Two sequels were produced for television: Chocky’s Children (six episodes shown between Jan. 7 & Feb. 11 1985) and Chocky’s Challenge (six episodes, shown between Sep. 29 & Oct. 16 1985). These sequels were not based on John Wyndham’s Chocky. It is available on DVD, though I am not sure if it is only available in a specific region code.