Guest review by Lisa

After reading Lisa's review and the synopsis below, I need to find a copy of this book!

Stella Gibbons was born in Hampstead, Ireland in 1902. After the deaths of her parents, she supported herself and her younger brothers working for the United British Press and later as a journalist for the Evening Standard and The Lady. Cold Comfort Farm was published in 1932 to great success and is the novel for which Gibbons is most often remembered. Stella Gibbons continued to write novels and poetry, and to work as a journalist until shortly before her death in 1989.

Flora Poste, who has lived a life of wealth, has just been orphaned and discovered that, in fact, she is not well off. She decides she would rather appeal to the kindness of family rather than get a job and selects the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm because she believes it will be a great "project." Cold Comfort Farm is ruled by Flora's Aunt Ada Doom who rarely leaves her room and insists no one ever leave the farm. The large family that populates Cold Comfort Farm are quirky but, fortunately for Flora, pliable and she soon starts stirring things up on the farm.

This book is a satirical jab at class structure, family dynamics, intellectualism, religion, and those who take themselves much too seriously. Great fun! Read the book then rent the movie, which is as faithful an adaptation as I have ever seen.

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.

A masterful satire on the English Gothic novel.

Type: Fiction, 128 pages, Trade paperback

BN.COM: What a hoot! I took this book on a beach vacation this past year and it was the perfect read for relaxing in the sun. I loved the characters, they are totally outlandish! I recommend it to anyone who likes old classics because this one makes fun of them all.
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