Cold Comfort Farm (Unabridged)

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Cold Comfort Farm (Unabridged) by Stella Gibbons

In Gibbons's classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a Hardy or Bronte novel and proceeds to organize everyone out of their romantic tragedies into the pleasures of normal life. Flora Poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, where cows are named Feckless, Aimless, Pointless, and Graceless, and the proprietors, the dour Starkadder ...

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Cold Comfort Farm (Unabridged) by Stella Gibbons

In Gibbons's classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a Hardy or Bronte novel and proceeds to organize everyone out of their romantic tragedies into the pleasures of normal life. Flora Poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, where cows are named Feckless, Aimless, Pointless, and Graceless, and the proprietors, the dour Starkadder family, are tyrannized by Flora's mysterious aunt, who controls the household from a locked room. Once there she discovers they exist in a state of chaos and feels it is up to her to bring order. Flora's confident and clever management of an alarming cast of eccentrics is only half the pleasure of this novel. The other half is Gibbons's wicked sendup of romantic cliches, from the mad woman in the attic to the druidical peasants with their West Country accents and mystical herbs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781607964131
  • Publisher: Beta Nu Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/13/2012
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Cute and quirky

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    It should be noted somewhere on the edition of this book from bn

    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...

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    did you see something in the woodshed?

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Brilliantly Funny

    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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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Quirky

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    good satire

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    This is a keeper!

    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.

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