A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas and one of the best-loved comic novels of all time, "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons is beautifully repackaged as part of the "Penguin Essentials" range. 'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at "Cold Comfort Farm"...' Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste ...Read MoreA hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas and one of the best-loved comic novels of all time, "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons is beautifully repackaged as part of the "Penguin Essentials" range. 'We are not like other folk, maybe, but there have always been Starkadders at "Cold Comfort Farm"...' Sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste has been expensively educated to do everything but earn a living. When she is orphaned at twenty, she decides her only option is to descend on relatives - the doomed Starkadders at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm. There is Judith in a scarlet shawl, heaving with remorse for an unspoken wickedness; raving old Ada Doom, who once saw something nasty in the woodshed; lustful Seth and despairing Reuben, Judith's two sons; and there is Amos, preaching fire and damnation to one and all. As the sukebind flowers, Flora takes each of the family in hand and brings order to their chaos. "Cold Comfort Farm" is a sharp and clever parody of the melodramatic and rural novel. "Very probably the funniest book ever written". ("Sunday Times"). "Screamingly funny and wildly subversive". (Marian Keyes, "Guardian"). "Delicious..." Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop". ("Independent"). "One of the finest parodies written in English ...a wickedly brilliant skit". (Robert Macfarlane, "Guardian"). Stella Gibbons was born in London in 1902. She went to North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the "Evening Standard". Her first publication was a book of poems, "The Mountain Beast" (1930), and her first novel, "Cold Comfort Farm" (1932), won the Femina Vie Heureuse Prize. Amongst her other novels are "Miss Linsey and Pa" (1936), "Nightingale Wood" (1938), "Westwood" (1946), "Conference at Cold Comfort Farm" (1949) and "Beside the Pearly Water" (1954). Stella Gibbons died in 1989.Read Less
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This is one book to re-read anytime - it's funny, poignant, ridiculous, and far too short. Although it was written decades ago as a parody of the novels like those of Thomas Hardy (& his more modern peers) on the toils and troubles of country rubes, CCF's contrast between the modern and the rural is still applicable and still hilarious. If you need to laugh and want to read a really delightful book - this is the one to try. Trust me.
Jul 10, 2008
A true classic of British humor
This has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read. A classic example of British wit at it's best! And if you enjoy the book, be sure to watch the movie version as well. Both are highly recommended!
Mar 13, 2008
I found Cold Comfort Farm to be a charming tale of early 20th century rural English life. Filled with caricatures, this story nevertheless managed to make me care how the major characters fared. Probably the biggest flaw is that it lacks dramatic tension. The book is silly in the kind of way that lets you know all is going to end well. A young attractive busybody from the city goes to the country to straighten people out. You know she is going to end up with the young man you met in the first chapter, and that no real harm is going to come to anybody. On the positive side, what caught me were the details. I like reading stories that were written long ago, because the author includes as a matter of course information about what life was like at the time of writing. Discovering the contrast to our modern world is always a pleasure. The tools they used to do their work, what they did for fun, how they cooked their meals and what they ate, it is all fascinating. In addition, what Stella Gibbons thought was funny about English rural life in the early 20th century is still funny and I definitely recommend this book
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