Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 26 Oct 2006
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a Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.a
aNancy Pearl, NPRas "Morning Edition"
a Delicious . . . "Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waughas "Scoop,"a
a"The Independent" (London)
Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.
Nancy Pearl, NPR s "Morning Edition"
Delicious . . . "Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh s "Scoop".
"The Independent" (London)
? Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century.?
?Nancy Pearl, NPR's "Morning Edition"
? Delicious . . . "Cold Comfort Farm" has the sunniness of a P. G. Wodehouse and the comic aplomb of Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop".?
?"The Independent" (London)
When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, "Cold Comfort Farm" (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time.See all Product description
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Kindle version is full of typos, the Goalkeeper one made me spray my peppermint tea, but once you realise that the scanner had trouble with 'l' and double 'r' you can make a bit of sense of them. Meriam's Unes were a bit disconcerting until I took my readers of and realised the ''li' problem. I assume that the burning question really does concern whether it was actually a goat that may or may not have died. In the view of the typos, one cannot be sure. It might have been a goalkeeper.
Stella Gibbons was working at the Evening Standard in 1928 when the paper decided to serialise Mary Webb's 'The Golden Arrow'. Gibbons took on the task of summarising the novel and as a consequence, her low opinion of Webb's writing prompted the creation of a rather more satirical version of the day-to-day drudgery and despair inherent in rural life.
It's an odd book. Set at some future time when air-postmen and video telephones are not uncommon, the story concerns Flora Poste, who goes to live with her relatives the Starkadders following the death of her parents. Encountering a shambolic and haphazard existence at the farm, she sets about educating family members and workers alike, in the hope of enabling them into adopting a more modern way of life.
One of the things I love about 'Cold Comfort Farm' is the language - the text is peppered with wonderfully bizarre character names such as Harkaway, Caraway, Urk, Mrs Beetle and (best of all) the mysterious Aunt Ada Doom, whose obsession with having 'seen somethin' narsty' in the woodshed when she was young, and her refusal to countenance change in any form, hangs over the farm like a giant magnet, keeping its inhabitants from doing anything that might in any way enhance their dreary lives. The dialogue too, is littered with strange, but authentic-sounding rural terms like sukebind, mollocking and clettering, as well as unusual farm animals including Graceless, a cow with a wooden leg.
At times the writing might have benefited from a little considerate editing, but on the whole this is a highly enjoyable read, particularly the ending, where the description of the farm and its surroundings is quite lovely.