Cold Comfort Farm (Unabridged) by Stella Gibbons
In Gibbons's classic tale, a resourceful young heroine finds herself in the gloomy, overwrought world of a Hardy or Bronte novel and proceeds to organize everyone out of their romantic tragedies into the pleasures of normal life. Flora Poste, orphaned at 19, chooses to live with relatives at Cold Comfort Farm in Sussex, where cows are named Feckless, Aimless, Pointless, and Graceless, and the proprietors, the dour Starkadder family, are tyrannized by Flora's mysterious aunt, who controls the household from a locked room. Once there she discovers they exist in a state of chaos and feels it is up to her to bring order. Flora's confident and clever management of an alarming cast of eccentrics is only half the pleasure of this novel. The other half is Gibbons's wicked sendup of romantic cliches, from the mad woman in the attic to the druidical peasants with their West Country accents and mystical herbs.
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Cold Comfort Farm is a wildly funny parody of D. H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, and the Bronte sisters stark portrayal of country living. Having been orphaned at age 19 Flora Poste is forced to move to Cold Comfort Farm to live with her mother's relatives. The farm is poorly run by her mysterious aunt and all of her relatives are in some way dark and disturbed. It is generally believed that they and the farm are all cursed. Flora takes all this in stride and quickly begins to organize the farm and her relatives out of their dark desperate state. Wilder Publications is a green publisher. All of our books are printed to order. This reduces waste and helps us keep prices low while greatly reducing our impact on the environment.About the Author:
Stella Dorothea Gibbons, novelist, poet and short-story writer, was born in London in 1902. She went to the North London Collegiate School and studied journalism at University College, London. She then worked for ten years on various papers, including the Evening Standard.
Her first publication was a book of poems The Mountain Beast (1930) and her first novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932) won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize for 1933. Amongst her other novels are Miss Linsey and Pa (1936), Nightingale Wood (1938), Westwood (1946), Conference at Cold Comfort Farm (1959) and Beside the Pearly Water (1954). Her Collected Poems appeared in 1950.
In 1933 she married the actor and singer Allan Webb, who died in 1959. They had one daughter. Stella Gibbons died in 1989.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140258132
Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140258132
Book Description Penguin Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140258132
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