Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

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Penguin Putnam
? Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.?
?Nancy Pearl, NPR?s Morning Edition


THE DELIRIOUSLY ENTERTAINING Cold Comfort Farm is ?very probably the funniest book ever written? (The Sunday Times, London)?a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence?s and Thomas Hardy?s earthy, melodramatic novels. When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent? organization.



Random House, Inc.
A witty portrait of rural England in the early twentieth century, the Penguin Classics edition of Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm is introduced by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organise other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and ruthless parody of rural melodramas and purple prose, Cold Comfort Farm is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. This new Penguin Classics edition includes an introduction by Lynne Truss discussing Stella Gibbons's unconventional life and career and her joyously satirical voice. Stella Gibbons (1932-89) novelist, poet and short-story writer, was educated at North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard and published several books of poetry and short stories. If you enjoyed Cold Comfort Farm you might like George and Weedon Grossmith's Diary of a Nobody, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Brilliant ... very probably the funniest book ever written' Julie Burchill, Sunday Times 'Literary bliss' Guardian

Gardners
When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith; Amos; their sons, Seth and Reuben; and Aunt Ada Doom. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, ©2006
ISBN: 9780141441597
0141441593
9780143039594
0143039598
Branch Call Number: Fiction Gibbons
Characteristics: xix, 233 pages ; 21 cm

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800kw0rm_31337
Dec 12, 2017

A lighthearted little paperback to bring along on tedious journeys, so you know you'll have something to laugh about. If you've seen the film, it only adds to the hilarity of reading the book. Truly, it's an enormously pleasant piece of fiction.

AL_JILLK Jan 19, 2017

I enjoyed the movie years ago. Didn't realize it was a book! This unknown classic is full of quirky characters and wonderful narrative. Fun little read!

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

A comedy classic that makes one feel good to be alive -- within reason, as Miss Gibbons's heroine might say. Cold Comfort Farm is also a critique of popular literature, which in her day was the "loam and lovechild" books of Mary Webb, H.E. Bates -- and Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence in their humourless moments. The style and spirit is similar to a Jazz Age Jane Austen, but unlike most of Austen, individual sentences are almost uniformly memorable. You may find yourself memorizing long passages -- about woodsheds, say, or cows, butter in hell, or women "fussin' over their fal-lals and bedazin' a man's eyes" -- without conscious effort.

LPL_MeredithW Jul 16, 2016

An extremely enjoyable, gentle satire. When levelheaded, slightly narcissistic Flora Poste moves in with her over-the-top country relatives, her modern practicality battles with their stick-in-the-mud dramatics - and wins! If you like Jane Austen's narrative voice, you'll like this.

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Aug 31, 2015

I just happened to pick this book up and it was an enjoyable read for me. I've been trying to find her poems on the Internet and no go.

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trudat
Mar 16, 2015

Hysterical. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys English humor.

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rk2145
Apr 19, 2014

One of the most satisfying books I read last year. Funny and intelligent.

theorbys Dec 06, 2013

The first of 23 novels by Gibbons, this is the only one anyone reads today, but it is well worth it. It has a comic genius all its own worthy of Cuckoo's Nest or Catch 22 even if a tad lighter in tone.

jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

Very amusing indeed, and deserving of its popularity.

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jennybeast
Aug 02, 2012

Rereading it is just as satisfying as the last time. Funny, pragmatic Flora Poste sets out to organize her wayward farm relatives into better lives, and no gothic language or leering darkness will get in her way. Stella Gibbons has a thing or two to teach the Price and Prejudice and Zombies crowd about truly biting parody.

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AL_JILLK Jan 19, 2017

"There'll be no butter in hell!"

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

I saw something nasty in the woodshed.

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

“Ye know, doan't ye, what it feels like when ye burn yer hand in takin' a cake out of the oven or wi'a match when ye're lightin' one of they godless cigarettes? Ay. It stings wi' a fearful pain, doan't it? And ye run away to clap a bit o' butter on it to take the pain away. Ah, but' (an impressive pause) 'there'll be no butter in hell!”

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

He was enmeshed in his grief. He did not notice that Graceless's leg had come off and that she was managing as best she could with three.

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

No one had seen anything of Urk since he had gone galloping out into the night carrying Meriam, the hired girl. It was generally assumed that he had drowned her and then himself. Who cared, anyway?

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

'You have the most revolting Florence Nightingale complex,' said Mrs. Smiling.

'It is not that at all, and well you know it. On the whole, I dislike my fellow beings; I find them so difficult to understand. But I have a tidy mind and untidy lives irritate me. Also, they are uncivilized.'

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

Here was an occasion, she thought, for indulging in that deliberate rudeness which only persons with habitually good manners have the right to commit...

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Janice21383
Jan 10, 2017

Flora sighed. It was curious that persons who lived what the novelists called a rich emotional life always seemed to be a bit slow on the uptake

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