Cold Comfort Farm (Paperback)
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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. 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. Anne Massey's skillful rendering of a variety of accents will make this story more accessible to American audiences. Recommended for both literary and popular collections.
About the Author
Stella Dorothea Gibbons (1902 1989) was a novelist, poet, and short-story writer born in London. 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", and her first novel, "Cold Comfort Farm", won the Femina Vie Heuruse Prize in 1933. Among her other novels are "Miss Linsey and Pa", "Nightingale Wood", "Westwood", "Conference at Cold Comfort Farm", and "Beside the Pearly Water". Her "Collected Poems" appeared in 1950.