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Cold Comfort Farm


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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500
alecia a f

A book for the ages

by alecia a f on Feb 20, 2014

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.


A true classic of British humor

by teddybear on Jul 10, 2008

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!



by DavidKM on 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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