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Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (original 1932; edition 2006)

by Stella Gibbons, Roz Chast (Illustrator), Lynne Truss (Introduction)

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Title:Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Authors:Stella Gibbons
Other authors:Roz Chast (Illustrator), Lynne Truss (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2006), Edition: 4th, Paperback, 256 pages
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Rating:*****
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)

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    Bjace: While it's not in the same genre, the books are similiar. Both Sophy and Flora Post are Miss Fix-its, whose practical, problem-solving approach to life is a contrast to the silliness of their relatives. Also, both are delightful reads in different ways.
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    thorold: The Rainbow is a great novel that's well worth reading for its own sake, but it's also the supreme example of the over-portentous way of writing about the countryside that makes the parody in Cold Comfort Farm so hilarious.
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excellent, sparkling satire. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
excellent, sparkling satire. ( )
  Violetthedwarf | Oct 23, 2014 |
I thought I'd read this before but it was the '94 (?) tele-movie adaptation that I was remembering. From the mock intro letter, detailing Gibbons' plan to put * and ** in front of particularly juicy bits of text to the dovetailing of the plot in the final pages, this was a hilarious joy to read. Now I need to watch that TV movie again: Stephen Fry as Mr Mybug is just too delicious to resist! ( )
  Vivl | Oct 17, 2014 |
Where has the novel been all my life??? Cold Comfort Farm is one of those books that I had heard about (vaguely) for years, but had never gotten around to reading until recently. For shame, T, for shame! If I had only read it sooner, I could have happily joined the ranks of Gibbons-Lovers who re-read this novel annually. I loved - and I do mean LOVED - Gibbons' writing style, her voice, and her fabulously quirky characters. As for the plot, it was right up my alley, containing a vast about of ridiculous situations, plenty of romantic entanglements, and a generous helping of chaos. Oh, and if I ever happen to own a cow, I may seriously considering calling it "Feckless." ( )
  TRWhittier | Oct 9, 2014 |
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery -- Mansfield Park.
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The education bestowed upon Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of influenza or Spanish Plague which occured in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143039598, Paperback)

Stella Gibbons' novel is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930s. Flora, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm.

A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps, rough front, and luxurious packaging
Features an introduction from Lynne Truss and cover illustrations by Roz Chast

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:13 -0400)

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When a well-educated young socialite in 1930s England is left orphaned and unable to support herself at age twenty-two, she moves in with her eccentric relatives on their farm.

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