One of the funniest books I have ever read. I was "reading" it (I had the audio version loaded on my MP3 player) walking around town shopping and going to the doctor, etc.--I got a lot of strange looks because I was smiling and laughing so much.
"In Gibbons's classic tale, first published in 1932, 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. 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."
One of my all-time favorite books. It is hilarious!
One of my all-time favorite books. Very funny.
Reprint of story originally written in 1932. It tells of a young lady from the city whose parents die & she chooses to live on a farm with relatives she had never met. Her objective is to "tidy up" the place _ which she does in an amusing manner.
Entertaining account of a sophisticated young lady from London, broke, who goes to live in the wilds of the country on a primitive farm with relatives who are scareely out of the stone age.
The farm and its inhabitants are a cheeky satire on a sort of portrayal of English rural types which was current back in the early 20th century. The old matriarch of the clan, for example,
never leaves her room, and dwells continually on something "nasty she saw in woodshed." Our heroine quickly sees that the old lady needs something more pleasant to dwell on, and catches her fancey with the latest fashion magazines. The young woman who gets pregnant every year, and considers it inevitable, is soon enlightened about birth control, and so on.
A classic of its genre, I recommend it to Anglophiles with a sense of humor.
For me, the humor tried too hard, but I think others will like it. Sort of an Austen-esque tone.
Interesting book. Love how Flora whips them all into shape and turns the farm into a good and productive place.
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I laughed out loud.
The tale of Flora Poste and her cousins the Starkadders set in the near future of the 1940s or 1950s as envisioned in the 1930s has something for everyone. The character study of the calm Flora who just wants everything tidy versus the emotional Starkadders for whom everything is intensely dramatic lends itself both to comical passages and meaningful insights. The slapstick scenes featuring most of or the entire family are pleasantly witty, and the setting is a wonderful alternate world to get lost in. If any of those sound at all appealing to you, you will definitely enjoy this book.
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