Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

eBook - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, ©2006
ISBN: 9781101488638
1101488638
9780141920078
0141920076
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 233 pages)

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Gibbons' brilliant comedy of manners parodying the romance of the English countryside, has delighted readers for decades. This witty, and well written social comedy will appeal to fans of Oscar Wilde.

Readers of George Elliot, D. H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy may be forgiven if they have formed a rather unrealistic view of the British rural scene. Entering into the discussion is Stella Gibbon’s 1932 classic – Cold Comfort Farm. Twenty-something Flora Poste suddenly finds herself an orphan. The ... Read More »

Readers of George Elliot, D. H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy may be forgiven if they have formed a rather unrealistic view of the British rural scene. Entering into the discussion is Stella Gibbon’s 1932 classic – Cold Comfort Farm. Twenty-something Flora Poste suddenly finds herself an orphan. The ... Read More »

Gibbons' brilliant comedy of manners parodying the romance of the English countryside, has delighted readers for decades. This witty, and well written social comedy will appeal to fans of Evelyn Waugh.


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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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kenglish43
Jun 13, 2012

did not like

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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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