Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

Book - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2006
Description: xix, 233 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780141441597
9780143039594
0143039598
Branch Call Number: Gibb
Additional Contributors: Truss, Lynne

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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 ... Read More »


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FVReader1
Jan 24, 2021

A pleasant, easy read with humor. While I enjoyed the story of the Starkadders and Flora, it wasn't as funny as I expected it to be. Don't get me wrong, it's humorous & light; just not laugh-out-loud funny.
This is a sweet story of transformation. It's well written. I didn't get as involved with the story as I would have liked.

RandomLibrarian Aug 20, 2019

Review excerpt: "I feel like this book is the very book I have been waiting for lo these many years. It is an absolute delight. Fans of Austen will like Flora’s utter imperviousness to melodrama and fans of the Brontë’s will love the send-ups of Brontë hand-wringing and commotion. Ultimately Flora sets all to rights and there’s this deep sense of satisfaction that everything is well in the world."

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Monty Python meets the Bronte sisters. Humour is an acquired taste but I loved this book and I am glad that a passing acquaintance recommended it to me during my recent trip to UK. The heroine is like a young Miss Marple, a brilliant busy body who finds love in the last chapter. My favourite scene was Flora's discussion of birth control methods with the fecund milk maid.

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800kw0rm_31337
Dec 12, 2017

A lighthearted little paperback to bring along on tedious journeys, so you know you'll have something to laugh about. If you've seen the film, it only adds to the hilarity of reading the book. Truly, it's an enormously pleasant piece of fiction.

ArapahoeJillK 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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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.

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ArapahoeJillK 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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