Cold Comfort Farm

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Penguin Books, 1932 - Fiction - 232 pages
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Winner of the 1933 Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, 'Cold Comfort Farm' is a wickedly funny portrait of British rural life in the 1930?s. Flora Poste, a recently orphaned socialite, moves in with her country relatives, the gloomy Starkadders of 'Cold Comfort Farm,' and becomes enmeshed in a web of violent emotions, despair, and scheming, until Flora manages to set things right. A BBC Radio Presents dramatization featuring stirring music and sound effects.

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Clever and witty parody of a rustic romance, great fun. - LibraryThing
The imagery and language we found brilliant. - LibraryThing
Funny book that is a parody of gothics. - LibraryThing
The writing is jaunty and optimistic. - LibraryThing
It's a wonderful parody. - LibraryThing
The parody is hardly subtle. - LibraryThing

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Comedy is hard work. Any comedian can tell you that. But comedy fiction writing is an art only the truly talented should attempt. And from the majority reaction of our group, Stella Gibbons falls ... Read full review

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What a shame that we donít all have a ďFloraĒ in our lives to tidy up for us. This parody of the helpless female orphan is so clever and entertaining that it was great fun to read and I know itís one that I will re-read with as much enjoyment as I did the first time. Read full review

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Stella Gibbons was born on January 5, 1902 in London. She married Allan Bourne Webb in 1933 and had one child. Raised in a poor and unhappy home, she used her vivid imagination as a means of escape, often telling stories to entertain her younger brothers and other children in the neighborhood. She held numerous jobs including drama critic, reporter, and fashion writer and was a frequent contributor to magazines such as Punch and Tattler, writing short stories and poetry. Gibbons is best known for her novel Cold Comfort Farm. A satirical portrait of rural British life in the 1930's, it won the Femina Vie Heureuse prize in 1933. In the book, Flora, a socialite, is orphaned and forced to live with relatives in the country. Flora tries to bring order and sense to the gloomy Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm. To the delight of readers, this novel has been adapted several times as successful British films. Stella Gibbons died on December 19, 1989 in London.

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