Cold Comfort Farm: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Cold Comfort Farm: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Cold Comfort Farm: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Stella Gibbons, Roz Chast

"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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143039594
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Series
Edition description: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 178,908
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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, WestwoodConference 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.

Roz Chast is a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker, and her work has also appeared in Redbook, Scientific American, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review. Her memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Cold Comfort Farm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 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
LibraryLou on LibraryThing 7 days ago
This book makes me laugh out loud. The characters are so hysterical, and Flora's attempts to change them make for very entertaining reading. It is a refreshing change to have a 'classic' book that is very readable. The sequel, however, was one of the dullest books I have ever read, I really couldn't understand what was happening at all.
Abi78 on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Classic British humour. Very funny indeed. I will always have a copy in my collection ready to brighten a dull day.
maggiereads on LibraryThing 7 days ago
At first I picked up Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons because my holiday guests praised it so. Imagine my surprise as this parody on the dreary lives of ignorant country folk points out a basic human condition; we organize in order to be more civilized. Author Gibbons wrote this funny little book in 1932 because she was tired of authors like Mary Webb portraying country folk as suffering from inner demons caused by ignorance. What if someone like herself, young smart and full of manners, visited the farm and began to tidy it up? Would they become more civilized and in turn more successful?Young Flora, the heroine of Cold Comfort Farm, is actually Stella Gibbons herself. We first meet Flora, living with a friend, Mrs. Smiling, and worrying about her future. Flora¿s parents have died and left her with a meager 100 lbs a year. Although Flora has received her education from the finest of British schools she lacks basic job skills. When Mrs. Smiling mentions she could learn secretarial skills, Flora remains unimpressedFlora¿s solution is to live off distant relatives. This passage from Flora¿s mouth is priceless, ¿there still lingers some absurd prejudice against living on one's friends, no limits are set, either by society or by one's own conscience, to the amount one may impose upon one's relatives."I do love Flora and her quest to tidy the country folk of Cold Comfort Farm. She has her work cut out. For example, 60 year old Adam is more at home with the cows than people. Elfin, wispy and young, spends her days amongst the fields and woods dreaming of romance. Aunt Ada Doom is confined by a self-imposed exile all because she witnessed something ¿nasty in the woodshed¿ as a child.Flora, through a selfish need to be more comfortable, changes twelve characters lives by the end of the book. Not only that, she secures better living conditions for the cows, Pointless, Aimless, Feckless and Graceless. One has to wonder as they read this tickling tale, is she tidying or taking over?
DoraG on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Favourite book in the universe! Not enough stars to properly rate! This book is a classic.
sukebind on LibraryThing 7 days ago
This spoof of the dark, earthy, tragic novels of Thomas Hardy and D.H. Lawrence is hilarious. I'm not sure what the point of setting it in the future was, but I don't think any less of the novel for that.
jennyo on LibraryThing 11 days ago
I saw this movie several years ago and loved it, so when I saw the latest reprint of the book, I couldn't resist buying it. It was a perfectly delightful book, funny and clever. I'd say if you like Waugh or Davies, but are disturbed by their misogyny, read this book instead. It's just as witty, and Flora, the heroine, is one of my new favorite literary characters.
brewergirl on LibraryThing 13 days ago
A hilarious look at life on a remote English farm. Memorable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the flowery long descriptions tedious and unnecessary. I also did not find it to be humorous. The ending leaves several questions unanswered and it was for these answers that I did not give up on finishing the book. I found the whole thing plodding and unfulfilling.
nfmgirl More than 1 year 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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