Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

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by Stella Gibbons
     
 

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Winner of the 1933 Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, COLD COMFORT FARM is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930?s. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm, and becomes enmeshed in a web of violent emotions, despair, and scheming, until Flora manages to set things…  See more details below

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Winner of the 1933 Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, COLD COMFORT FARM is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930?s. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm, and becomes enmeshed in a web of violent emotions, despair, and scheming, until Flora manages to set things right. A BBC Radio Presents dramatization featuring stirring music and sound effects.

Editorial Reviews

Nancy Pearl
Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.
NPR's Morning Edition
The Independent
Delicious . . . Cold Comfort Farm has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140258134
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Stella Dorothea Gibbons (1902-1989) was born in London. A novelist, poet and short-story writer, her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm, won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa, Nightingale Wood, Westwood, Conference at Cold Comfort Farm, and Beside the Pearly Water (1954).

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the number one bestseller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which has sold more than two million copies, won the national British Book Award, and was on the New York Times bestseller list or forty-five weeks. She lives in Brighton, England.

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Cold Comfort Farm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Ninderry2 More than 1 year ago
This is my favourite book of all time! The story is quite mad but ultra positive. If ever I'm feeling a bit down I listen to the audio version. I laugh out loud at this book! The story is one of chaos & order restored by Miss Flora Poste - she is a control freak but in the nicest way - if only it was that easy in the real World! The characters are extreme but are reflections of their place in time - it is a snapshot of the social difference between Town & Country during the early 20th Century.I adore this story & have DVD, audio & books. It is innocent but wickedly funny and Flora is working towards the fulfillment of the lives of the characters.In this edition there are excellent illustrations - 'Big Business' the bull is especially energetic! (The artist is not acknowledged?) The glossary is very useful for the uninitiated!!Thank you for this book,B&N.
kren250 More than 1 year ago
Written as a parody of the sensationalized novels of the 1930s, Cold Comfort Farm is a short, funny, entertaining story. It all starts when orphaned Flora decides she would rather live off her relatives than find a job. After dashing off letters to her unsuspecting relations, she picks the Starkadder family of Cold Comfort Farm to move in with. The Starkadders are a bit of a backwards bunch: an oversexed brother, wild sister, and Bible thumping father, among others. They are all overseen by Flora's Great Aunt Ada Doom, who saw "something nasty in the woodshed" years before. Hilarity ensues as Flora attempts to clean up, domesticate, and civilize the Starkadder clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It should be noted somewhere on the edition of this book from bn publishing that theirs is an abridged version, apparently for schools or English language learners. I bought it online because it was cheaper, not realizing. The book itself doesn't even say this. Loved the book, but wish I had read the whole thing...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought it was real good. it is something different from what i usually read, but its real nice. it is very British-y!! cool! üü maganda
nfmgirl 10 months ago
Flora is a young single woman of nineteen years who has found herself orphaned after losing her parents during a flu outbreak. Now alone with only a modest annual allotment to sustain her, and no desire to marry or work in order to support herself, she has to decide who she will choose to take her on and see to her well being. She chooses to go live with distant relatives in Sussex, who seem to feel some sort of obligation toward her, due to a mysterious wrong that was done to her father Robert Poste. My final word: I loved the description of the house in Sussex and its history, and the names of the dairy cows: Graceless, Pointless, Feckless and Aimless. This story was very symbolic. I didn't catch the symbolism at first, but by the end of the story I was picking up on it. There were odd character names, like Mrs. Smiling (who was actually a bit of a downer) and Mr. Mybug. And then there’s landmarks like Ticklepenny’s Field. Quirky and outrageous, and a bit farcical, this story had its moments, but overall it fell flat. I think it would make a much better play or BBC series than book, giving the story a little life that is currently missing. (Note: The ebook version is full of typos and weird formatting issues. Both I and at least one of my book club members had this issue. But I guess you shouldn't expect much for the price.) 3 1/2 stars
Bartholomew_Wood More than 1 year ago
I used to think that Wodehouse was the funniest writer in English, but he has been replaced by Stella Gibbons. Cold Comfort Farm was published in 1932, and it's a parody of a genre that was popular at the time, the rural novel, particularly as written by one Mary Webb. These were sentimental romances featuring poor but honest young women who overcame adversity to marry someone slightly less poor than themselves. All the minor characters were uniformly penurious, miserable, uneducated, and deformed, and spoke in an incomprehensible dialect. The literary forebears were Hardy and Lawrence, but the form was much degraded by the time it got to Webb. Since the genre has died out, you might think that the parody would lose its sting, but it hasn't, first because you can project backwards and imagine the targets it was parodying, and second because it's just so damn funny on its own. She makes up ridiculous words to describe farm implements and animals which are just close enough to something that could have become an English word so as to be completely believable, and she peoples it with stock characters who are aware of the role they've been assigned and play it to the hilt. Like a character in the book, I laughed with the whickering snicker of a teazle in anger. I defy you to be unhappy while reading this book.
anonymousKU More than 1 year ago
I first came across the movie, found out it was a book and immediately checked it out from the library. The book was such a charming & funny read I had to buy it. I recently found out there were two more in the series, "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm" and "Conference at Cold Comfort Farm" which I have also bought. Looking forward to rereading the first one and reading the sequels!
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It isn't often that I give a book five stars, but this is so hilarious and well-written it deserves nothing less.
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Overall I enjoyed the book. I was diappointed by something in the end. But that did not stop me from enjoying it.
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What a hoot! I took this book on a beach vacation this past year and it was the perfect read for relaxing in the sun. I loved the characters, they are totally outlandish! I recommend it to anyone who likes old classics because this one makes fun of them all.
Lula1967 More than 1 year ago
We read this for our book group. It was okay, but not great. The characters are quirky and there are many British references that were confusing. The book is a quick read, but left me unsatisfied. I didn't really care about the characters and was really only interested in finding out what Aunt Ada saw in the wood shed.