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Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm Paperback – 10 Nov 2011
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"Stella Gibbons is the Jane Austen of the 20th century" (Lynne Truss)
"A biting witty tale of inappropriate presents and family traditions that fans of the original Cold Comfort Farm will love" (Good Housekeeping)
"Very funny...sheer pleasure... Timeless indeed" (Nick Lezard Guardian)
Where better to spend the most wonderful time of the year?
Enjoy this Christmas treat from a treasured comic writer.
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Not quite what I expected but for the most part enjoyable.
These new Vintage editions are very attractive looking books. Stella Gibbons' stories are obviously set in a world that no longer exists, they are about bored housewives, aging Bright Young Things, "modern" career women, spinsters in country villages and librarians. Often the endings are not much of a surprise, but they are generally just what the reader wants, and this makes them wholly satisfying. In his introduction to the new Vintage edition, Alexander McCall Smith writes about the short story as an art form. His description of the modern short story made me smile - and nod in agreement. These short stories come from a different time. They were written before it was fashionable to create a mood or to leave the reader artistically hanging. The modern short story are just the kind I usually hate. These lovely stories however, are just the kind I love.
Because these stories were written around eighty-five years ago, and because they appeared in publications like The Lady, Good Housekeeping and the Evening Standard, the attitudes in some of them are dated and things which were shocking like single mothers no longer are. There is a lovely story in which a spinster takes in a single mother and eventually confesses to having had unwedded *cough* with a man herself. This was a very sweet story about acceptance and also about the attitudes of a village.
I was shocked by a story which ends by a husband slapping his wife hard in the face and she agreeing she’d deserved it. He said he’d do it again in future if he thought it necessary! But, most of the stories are gentler tales and are great short stories so it’s well worth a read.
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Full twists and turns, these short stories constantly surprise. They are often amusing and show great understanding of human nature and of English society.Published 8 months ago by J. Grindle
Surprisingly conventional attitudes and dated rather than timeless writing but, nevertheless an interesting window on the world of the 1930's for nice middle-class peoplePublished 8 months ago by jonathan
She writes well, and the stories are OK, but I have to say it's really a woman's book. I'm not being sexist, it's just that the stories are all about women, and from a woman's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by El Tel