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Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child of nature Elfine; and crazed old Aunt Ada Doom, who has kept to her bedroom for the last twenty years. But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand. A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm (1932) is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. Includes an introduction by Lynne Truss, and a letter from the author to Anthony Pookworthy in the foreword.
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jillrhudy
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Illustrator Roz Chast does Cold Comfort Farm! Jacket flaps and back cover are terrific too. #7covers7days or is it??? #7days7covers #covercrush #parody #anglophilesoflitsy @Aimeesue

Aimeesue Seth and the burbling porridge! 😂😂😂 2mo
BookNAround I love this book! “I saw something nasty behind the woodshed.” 2mo
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batsy I love this book, too. And this cover is perfect! 2mo
sudi The cover is so cute 💜 2mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Great article by the way 2mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy There‘s a great piece by Sarah Dillon on BBC 4‘s Open Book where she does a close read of the porridge scene. (Sorry, but she also does a piece on … Raymond Chandler‘s The Big Sleep. He continues to stalk you!) http://drsarahdillon.com/radio/bbc-radio-4-open-book-close-reading-series/ 2mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Pickpick

Gibbons seems to be the poor cousin of early 20th century authors, ignored by academics and readers alike. She wrote Cold Comfort Farm with her tongue planted firmly in her cheek. It lands somewhere between Jane Austen and Fawlty Towers. I really enjoyed it, in spite of myself (and its cover, maybe there is something to that “not-judging-a-book” business after all). Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/cold-comfort-farm-stella-gibbons/

LeahBergen I loved this book (and I‘m not crazy about this cover, either 😬). 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @LeahBergen It's weird, right? I feel like it was designed for someone already familiar with/invested in the book - a bit off-putting/nonsensical for new readers, even though the artwork itself is intricate and detailed. 2mo
ImperfectCJ The cover art is Roz Chast, yes? Are there illustrations inside the book, too, and are they also by Chast? I'm seeing her illustrations everywhere lately. 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @ImperfectCJ Yep, that's right, it's Chast - no illustrations in text, but there are a few more on the back cover too. They're great, just they're all kind of in-jokey, only properly appreciated once one's read the book. 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. This book got me through having swine flu, my favourite comic novel ever!

2. Went to a great improv show Monday, broke my treadmill record Wednesday, both great things

3. Chinese? Soo much variety

4. Yep five, I used to see them quite a lot but not so much anymore.

5. Will do! 🥰🥰🥰

Weaponxgirl I also love the divine comedy song inspired by the book. It‘s one of my faves too! 6mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Mehso-so

This one drug a bit for me at the beginning, but eventually after she started “righting” the farm I could enjoy the humor in it....take the most dysfunction farm family (think Wuthering Heights, or Jane Eyre or any Thomas Hardy) and how one city girl comes in and starts “fixing” all their issues like a more competent Austen heroine (Emma). So slow, but a good satire of the dreary fiction of the day.

#1001Discoveries

Swe_Eva If you haven't seen it yet, check out the movie-version. It is magnificent! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Swe_Eva I have not, but I‘ve heard the movie is very good, twice now....so I‘ll have to watch it! 👍 6mo
Swe_Eva @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is indeed - great cast! 6mo
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Emilymdxn @Swe_Eva THERES A MOVIE!??? This is like my fave comic novel ever and I had no idea there was a film! 6mo
Swe_Eva @Emilymdxn Enjoy!!! Its a delight. 6mo
Gezemice I loved this one, it is so funny. 6mo
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EmilieGR
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Boring

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vlwelser
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This book was pretty weird. But short.

Megabooks The cover is a bit...different 7mo
vlwelser @Megabooks It's trying to mimic a fisheye lens camera shot. But no idea why. Honestly the entire book is weird. 7mo
vlwelser At least I don't think it's an actual photo. 7mo
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vlwelser
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This may be the randomest thing so far in a really random book. Like how did the cow lose a leg? Is that a metaphor for something? Will the main character suddenly become a dung beetle? Asking for a friend...

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Emilymdxn
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. Not for me, too expensive and I don‘t like having books chosen for me

2. I can‘t think without casting around for it and I don‘t think I care to remember!

3. Tagged book absolutely, funniest thing I‘ve ever read. Crazy Rich Asians or Snobs a close second

4. Paris for Easter weekend and Texas a bit after. Not booked yet but plans for the rest of the year are Prague, Scotland, spain again, Serbia and turkey

Crazeedi What a wonderful thing that you get to travel so much! Enjoy! 8mo
Freespirit Fabulous travel plan 8mo
Weaponxgirl Great choice! It‘s one of my top funny books too. 8mo
Eggs Wow 😮Fun travels❣️❣️ 8mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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And #booked2019 winter is a wrap!

Female investigator: Lindsey Davis, The Third Nero
Fairytale retelling: Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry
Happy place: Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
Related to podcast: Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black
Irish author: Roddy Doyle, Snapper
New to me author: Sally Rooney, Normal People

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳🥳🥳congrats on completing the first quarter‼️ 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s great! 9mo
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saresmoore
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I don‘t think I began to fully appreciate the brilliance of this satirical classic until Flora let the bull out. Then it hit me and it all started to warm me from the inside out. Gibbons is obviously a true appreciator of nature, both that in humans and in the world around us. 👇

saresmoore Her wit is sharp, not because it was honed by literary aspirations, but because she cared enough to take a step back and see things from outside of the swirling expectations created by societal norms & entertainment. It‘s clever, hilarious, and beautiful. What an excellent book. 9mo
saresmoore This I just read for fun, but it counts for #Popsugar reading challenge as a book that inspired a common phrase: “I saw something nasty in the woodshed...” 9mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so glad you loved it, too! 😍😍 9mo
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LeahBergen I loved the imagery of Seth lolling everywhere with his shirt buttons going lower and lower! And Adam‘s “liddle mop” that he was so pleased with! ❤️❤️ 9mo
cathysaid Litzy‘s description of this one is intriguing! 9mo
sophierayton I finished this book today too! How funny :-) I really enjoyed it and glad you did too - whimsy to the max! 9mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Yes! Also Mr. Mybug‘s sexualization of nature. And I will never forget the image of Aunt Ada Doom all decked out black leather. 😂 9mo
saresmoore @sophierayton I love it! Yes, it was really a delightful read. ♥️ 9mo
saresmoore @cathysaid I‘d say it‘s a pretty good synopsis! 9mo
LauraBeth I want Roz Chast to illustrate every book cover ever 😂 9mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Yes, so good! 9mo
Suet624 Flowers!!!! How lovely. 9mo
merelybookish I had this book and purged it unread in a Marie Kondo inspired fit of tidying up. Looking back, how did it not spark joy?! 😲 9mo
saresmoore #konmari made me do some strange things, too! I‘m doing another minimalization this month, but I think I‘ll mostly avoid getting rid of books...just to be on the safe side. (Worst approach ever. 🙃) 9mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I picked up a bouquet from Trader Joe‘s in honor of my sweet Elliott‘s 8th birthday on Monday! 9mo
Suet624 Awww... happy birthday to your sweetie pie. 9mo
ValerieAndBooks I enjoyed this one...cover definitely was irresistible!! 9mo
batsy This is such a brilliant book! I don't have this edition but I agree with @ValerieAndBooks the cover is irresistible 😍 9mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! I'm looking forward to this one. 9mo
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

This is the most whimsical book I've ever read. So much light humour and fun.

BookNAround I love this one. And I have the same fun cover. 9mo
Caroline2 Argh, I‘ve had this book on my shelf for yearssss! Sounds like I need to move it up the TBR pile! 👍🏻 9mo
Emilymdxn My favourite funny novel! 9mo
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saresmoore
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This book is cracking me up! It‘s a bit slow-going and disjointed, but quite the fun satire, all the same.
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LeahBergen 😆😆 I think this book is one of those that really benefits from being read through all at once. 9mo
Suet624 Wow! Can you imagine bumping into this person when you‘re out for a walk? In Tennessee I ran across a man carrying a gun who had 10 squirrels hanging from his belt. Freaked me right out. 9mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Yes, I think you‘re right about that! How else can one keep all those Starkadders straight?! I‘m hoping to be able to finish it up in a sitting tomorrow. 9mo
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saresmoore @Suet624 Hahahaha! That‘s absurd! Although, perhaps not so strange for TN. 9mo
Suet624 It was in Pigeon Forge TN. Before Dolly Parton built her amusement park. I was only there briefly before continuing on my run-away-from-home journey. 😁 9mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I stayed in Pigeon Forge for a family reunion (post-amusement park). Didn‘t run across any gun-toting squirrel-wearers, though. I suspect Dolly classed up the place! 💁🏼‍♀️ 9mo
Suet624 @saresmoore Yup, I hear it‘s completely different now. 9mo
Daisey This book took me a bit to get into, but once I did, it really had some hilarious parts. 9mo
Swe_Eva If you've not seen the film version, I highly recommend it! 👍🏻 9mo
readordierachel What @swe_eva said 👆🏽 It's delightful 9mo
saresmoore @Daisey Yes! For all of the characters‘ ridiculousness, there‘s some genuine wit in the writing. 9mo
saresmoore @Swe_Eva @readordierachel Oh, I will definitely check it out! Thanks! 9mo
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Savedbygrace
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Just joined the book club at my college library! Hopefully this will keep my book life active. 😉 Everyone is talking about the freezing weather and here in the Carolinas people are wearing tshirts and shorts! 😌 What a beautiful day God has made! 💕
#bookclub #collegelife #beautifulday!

Crazeedi Western PA is in the 50s today! Maybe Punxsutawney Phil is right?!😉😜 9mo
Princess-Kingofkings What a great way to create accountability for something you will enjoy! Thanks for sharing. 🌸 9mo
TimSpalding I'd be interested to hear what you think of the book. 9mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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Pickpick

I have just reread this book and I still laughed as much as at my firstvread. While fictional, Cold Comfort Farm definition qualifies as a #happyplace for me: somewhere to visit when I feel down.

I wonder if someone who has never read Hardy or Lawrence would find the book quite as funny. I have also noticed that there are quite a few Comfort Farms in real life Sussex.

#booked2019 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

zsuzsanna_reads Image: Cows near South Down Farm by Jim Champion or Feckless, Pointless and Aimless with Howchiker Hall in the background. 😉 10mo
Cinfhen Love this photo❤️ 10mo
LeahBergen I‘m reading this right now! ❤️❤️ 10mo
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LeahBergen
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#24in48 check in!

I finished Betsy Was a Junior and read several chapters of The Quest for Queen Mary. Now it‘s time to start something new. 💕

TrishB Ahhh.....what a gorgeous bookmark 😉😘 10mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Isn‘t it?? All thanks to YOU. 😘😘 It even made a small cameo in my previous post (and inspired the background colour 😆). 10mo
TrishB Ahh! I see it now 😁😁 10mo
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Aimeesue Well, cletter me dishes with a stick! Do be careful of the woodshed! 10mo
saresmoore I just started reading this because of your post and it‘s delightful! 10mo
saresmoore Oh good gracious, I just noticed that your FS edition is illustrated by Quentin Blake! 😍 10mo
Lcsmcat I loved this! 10mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue I‘ve heard there‘s something nasty in there! 😆 10mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore Isn‘t it good so far? Are you inspired to become a brassiere collector yet? 😆 10mo
LeahBergen @Lcsmcat I‘m loving it! 10mo
batsy I love this book 💜 10mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen You imply that this wasn‘t already a hobby of mine? 🙃 No, I think it would be viewed as irony, even jest, in my case. I do like the idea of collecting woebegone, world traveling, letter-writing suitors, though. 10mo
LauraBeth I last read this in the mid-90s when that BBC production came out and loved it! Your edition looks lovely 💕 10mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen @sarasmoore I love the QB illustrations in this one. He also did the Folio edition of The Hunting of the Snark. I need to see if he‘s done any others. I will collect any books with QB or Gordy illustrations. ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 10mo
LeahBergen @batsy I‘m loving it so far! 10mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore 😆😆 It would be ironic in my case, as well. 10mo
LeahBergen @LauraBeth It‘s delightful! I‘m going to have to watch the movie when I‘m done. 10mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue The accompanying illustrations are making me laugh as I get to them! 😆 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This book cracked me up - I read another book recently (wish I could remember which) and there was a subtle reference about someone‘s aunt seeing “something nasty in the woodshed” 🤣 9mo
LeahBergen @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I really wanted to know what that nastiness was but we never find out. 😂😂 9mo
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LeahBergen
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The beginning of my TBR stack for the #24in48 readathon! 🎉🎉🎉

I‘ll be reading from the two I have on the go and then jumping into Cold Comfort Farm for my IRL book club.

catebutler Love your stack! Good luck on the readathon. I think I‘m going to try too! 10mo
LeahBergen @catebutler Thank you! I hope you join in. I never seem to come very close to finishing but I enjoy it all nonetheless. 😆😆 10mo
cariashley Nice pour 🍷 10mo
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coffeenebula CCF is one of my faves! 10mo
LeahBergen @cariashley Cheers! 🍷 10mo
LeahBergen @coffeenebula I‘m so looking forward to it. 👍🏻 10mo
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esurient
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I cannot but picture the 1995 film whenever I read this scene. I feel like I should have popcorn to be reaching for.

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esurient
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'It is indeed,' agreed Flora. It struck her that Aunt Ada Doom's madness had taken the most convenient form possible. If everybody who went mad could arrange in what way it was to take them, she felt pretty sure they would all choose to be mad like Ada Doom.

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esurient
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Pickpick

Heh heh heh. #thisisareread

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gradcat
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Sorry—can‘t help it! I simply cannot hear the word #Comfort without thinking of this book, so I‘m giving it up to whimsy today. I‘m eternally grateful for all of the comforts I enjoy, nice home, food on the table, lovely diversions (like Stella Gibbons‘ Cold Comfort Farm)...so I just had to use this book for my #Gratitude30 #Comfort post. Has anyone seen the BBC treatment with Joanna Lumley & Kate Beckinsale?
@hermyknee

KathyWheeler I saw the movie you mentioned — Hoopla had it — and really liked it. 12mo
gradcat @KathyWheeler Thanks for telling me—I haven‘t seen it, so I‘ll start hunting on Roku!! 12mo
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Mcoun
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Pickpick

An enjoyable parody of stories about rural life popular in the 30‘s. The characters are all memorable and there is even a happy ending.

Laura317 The movie is pretty good, too. 13mo
Mcoun @Laura317, I‘ll have to see if I can find it. 13mo
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Daisey
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I got home this evening in time to enjoy my walk while the weather was still beautiful and have a leisurely supper with my book. It took me while to get into this one, but I‘m finding it more entertaining as I go. Flora is a very interesting character, and the whole book is a fun change of pace from what I normally read.

#1001books #1001Discoveries #ReadandEat

LauraBeth Wait - there‘s a Roz Chast cover for CCF? 13mo
Daisey @LauraBeth I didn‘t know the name, but yes. I think this is a really fun and appropriate cover for the book. The back has the cows on it. 13mo
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Daisey
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I had some cheeseball and crackers for a lunch and read a few pages of Cold Comfort Farm with Eleanor for company. I‘m not completely sure what I think of this book yet, but I am amused. I got a solid four hours of reading/listening in this morning, but now I need to take a break from the books and do some school work.

#ReadandEat #readathon #1001books #1001Discoveries

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EadieB
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Day 10 - #uglycover #31bookpics

Though the cover is ugly, Cold Comfort Farm is an engaging and humorous satire of English Society at the turn of the century. Stella Gibbons has a true gift for wit and I especially enjoyed the old matriarch shut-in who claims throughout the book, "I saw something nasty in the woodshed". We can only imagine what she has seen. The characters are eccentric and funny and you cannot read this book without laughing.

BookNAround This book was hilarious! 13mo
EadieB @BookNAround I enjoyed this very much too! 13mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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I'm loving all these funny book recommendations, do I'll join into #friyayintro

1. Anything by Wodehouse. Nancy Mitford novels. Cold Comfort Farm. EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia novels. Diary of a Nobody by Grossmith. Diary of a Provincial Lady series.
2. February
3. One baby girl.
4. Pass.
5. Happy birthday! And especially to my mother in law bookworm Heather who is not on Litsy.

CarolynM Great funny book recs💖 1y
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teenangstlives
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Mehso-so

Read this over the long weekend. A bit funny and mysterious but overall didn't hold my attention. While it wasn't my cup of tea, I must say I didn't expect a book to talk so explicitly about sex given the period it was written in especially by a female author. Shows how ignorant I am to history! Not my favorite classic humor but still readable.

Swe_Eva One of my favorites, but I saw the film first so I already loved the story and characters... 1y
teenangstlives @Swe_Eva I do plan on watching the film. The reviews mentioned this was one of the rare circumstances in which the movie was better than the book so we shall see! 1y
Swe_Eva @teenangstlives The film is absolutely wonderful and the cast is close to perfection. 💜 1y
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teenangstlives
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So excited with my book haul from Ireland. Nice to purchase some European books without the exhorbiant shipping fees! If you get a chance, check out the Winding Stair Bookshop in Dublin! #SupportLocal

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Weaponxgirl
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Another day in the city and another book haul. The tagged book I was talking about with a friend and was horrified she knew nothing of as its her sort of thing. I then saw a copy in a shop for Qc and bought her it to make her read. I'm excited to get to these eventually.

Jess_Read_This I‘m curious about The Well of Loneliness! 1y
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toofondofbooks
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Nute Love Penguin Deluxe Classics. 1y
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Aimeesue
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Folio Edition, illustrated by Quentin Blake. #Bestmailever #Foliofreaks #folio

Eyelit That. Is. Awesome! 1y
Aimeesue @Eyelit The best part is that it only cost me eight bucks. My new hobby is finding cheap used Folio Editions! 😄 1y
Eyelit Omg that‘s amazing! Good luck on your venture - may your collection be vast! 1y
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jillrhudy And it‘s green just like my state of envy! 1y
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Well, darling, YOU sucked me back into Litsy, so really, you only have yourself to blame! 😄 1y
LeahBergen I have this one, too! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Perfect pairing of book and illustrator, imo. Blake is one of my favorites; has been since I read Arabel's Raven when I was six or so. I even follow him on Facebook so I can see more of his work. (edited) 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Charming and clever! The cover version on the top is way more representative of this story than the pastoral version on the bottom. I like the description of Adam: washes dishes with a twig. 😄 and Aunt Ada: saw something nasty in the woodshed. 😆

batsy Such a snarky, witty read. And I adore this cover. Might have to get this edition, too 😆 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy The boring farm painting cover is the one I have on my kindle. I never would‘ve cracked it open if I hadn‘t seen the other cover too! Snarky - that‘s a perfect description! 😂 2y
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this on my tbr shelf for months! Sounds like it‘s time to crack it open!! 👍🏻 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Caroline2 I did too until @ValerieAndBooks posted about it and inspired me to pick it up! Paying it forward, I guess, right? 😆 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled so glad you enjoyed this too 💖! And who can resist Roz Chast as the cover illustrator 😄?! @batsy @Caroline2 2y
BookNAround I loved this book so much! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Pickpick

The first line perfectly sets the tone of this novel 👍. Meant to be a parody of rural farm novels that were popular when it was published back in the 1930s; it is a #1001Books. And I will forever wonder just what nasty thing it was that Aunt Ada saw in the woodshed 🤔🤣.

batsy I adore this book! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bumping up the TBR - been wanting to read this for a while! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks @batsy I enjoyed it more than I thought I would 😄!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @rubyslippersreads hope you like it 😊!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled it‘s worth moving up the TBR 😊!! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I started it yesterday! 😂 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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I‘d much rather be napping (post-cold recovery) than at son‘s music lessons, but I‘m not. Hope this one is a easy #1001Books to get into!

MicheleinPhilly Hope you‘re feeling better! 2y
Grrlbrarian There‘s ALWAYS been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. ❤️ Enjoy: and feel better soon! 2y
Swe_Eva I love that book (and its movie!). 2y
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Lcsmcat “I saw something nasty in the woodshed.” 😀 Feel better. 2y
sprainedbrain I loved this one! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly thanks— better each day, but hoping I feel 💯 by the weekend 🤞! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Grrlbrarian I‘m really liking this so far — very clever!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LT_eva A movie?? I‘ll have to check that out after I finish the book! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Lcsmcat I‘m looking for that quote, as it‘s on the front cover too 😂!! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @sprainedbrain oh, good!! So far I‘m liking it — on chapter 3 now! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Just in time for the snow! 😩 2y
Swe_Eva @ValerieAndBooks You absolutely should, it's SUCH a great film! 💜 2y
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly yuck to the snow 😝!! But Adam Joseph says no more than an inch, if that... 🤞 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LT_eva awesome...I‘ll definitely look it up, then!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to hold him to that! 2y
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BkClubCare
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My #ccspin book! Oscar assisting. #DogsofLitsy #ClassicsClub50

sprainedbrain I think I love that cover more than my copy! So cute. 😍 2y
BkClubCare I loved it! 3/28/2018 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

This is a charming and witty little story. I was not a Flora fan to begin with, but by the end I loved her for all of her snark and sarcasm. For example:

“One of the disadvantages of almost universal education was the fact that all kinds of persons acquired a familiarity with one‘s favourite writers. It gave one a curious feeling; it was like seeing a drunken stranger wrapped in one‘s dressing gown.” 😂

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#1001books #litsyclassics

batsy She's so deliciously snarky. 2y
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DebinHawaii
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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#DecDays #Cold ☃️❄️ It's not cold here--mid 70s during the day & mid 60s at night so I am going with books in my stack with the word 'cold' in them. I've read the first three (all series books), the tagged book has long been in my #TBR stack & I've started 'A Faint Cold Fear." ❄️⛄️❄️

RiotMom Faint Cold Fear is so good! 2y
Booksnchill @Debinhawaii just be careful- I hear there‘s something nasty in the woodshed (which you will understand once you read it!) such a fun classic satire! 2y
Gezemice Cold Comfort Farm is actually mostly a summer book. It is really funny! 2y
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DebinHawaii @RiotMom I am working my way through the series--slowly but surely and enjoying it! 👍 @Booksnchill @Gezemice I did see the movie and enjoyed it and keep meaning to read the book--one of these days. 📚📚😬📚📚📚 2y
Cinfhen I was gonna say, CCF sounds like a movie title but I don't think I saw it 😬#brainfreeze 2y
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen Kate Beckinsale, mid-90's I think. 😆👍 2y
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Sarah83
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Jas16
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Clwojick I love Of Mice and Men. ❤️ 2y
Jas16 @Clwojick Steinbeck is definitely a favorite of mine 2y
Lcsmcat I've read (and loved) all except High Rising. I'll have to check it out. 2y
batsy Cold Comfort Farm is the best! And I should read the rest. #TBRrhyme 2y
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Brie
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Kinga-Bee I've only read Christie and grapes of wrath from this selection. I'm hoping to read more Steinbeck before the end of the year. 2y
Kinga-Bee How did you make this collage? 2y
Brie @Kinga-Bee It's an app called pic collage. Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors. I just read and loved his book 2y
BarbaraBB So many good ones! 2y
RealBooks4ever All fabulous books! 💜 2y
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Marchpane
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Flora Poste arrives at Cold Comfort Farm determined to make some big #changes. Not to the farm, but to her wayward relations who live there. None of the Starkadders can escape her meddling!

#SeptemBOWIE.

Laura317 I've not read the book, but the movie is good. 2y
Marchpane @Laura317 the book is one of my all time faves! If you enjoyed the movie, I think you'd like it 😊 2y
Nuwanda Love this book! So funny! 2y
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juliannebenford I love the book but I have to admit I love the film even more! I watch it at least twice a year, it's my go-to when I need cheering up 😊 2y
lisakoby I love both the book and the movie. So good! 2y
quietjenn Yay, one of my favorites! 2y
Libby1 There's something nasty in the woodshed! 2y
Vansa But did it see you ? :-) 2y
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hlgreenfield
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Pickpick

I really liked it! Such a nice, funny book to read during a lazy afternoon. I'm sure I missed some of the jokes cos I don't know the books that the parody is of, but it was still very amusing!

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hlgreenfield
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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And on to the next read! Got to read a lot during the weekend to make up for the week! These past few weeks have been sooo busy at work that there's been pretty much no reading at all! Thank God for the weekends! Gonna try another funny book, of a very different kind. This is a satire which is a parody of the rural novels of the time that I'm not really familiar with so I figure some of the humour will go over my head - but it is funny so far!

batsy I really enjoyed this one! 2y
hlgreenfield @batsy I am loving it. Really fun read! 2y
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readinginthedark
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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batsy I adore this book! 2y
becausetrains Booooooo 🥅🏒 😂 2y
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readinginthedark @batsy I didn't know what to expect, but I'm enjoying it! 2y
readinginthedark @becausetrains I love hockey but am not much of an athlete... 😆 2y
Caroline2 Oh I've had this on my shelf for agesss, maybe it's about time I read it!! 👍🏻 2y
Sue Cold Comfort Farm is the best! 2y
DivineDiana Funny! I definitely would not want to be at that party! 😉 2y
Gezemice I loved that book! So funny! We seem to like a lot of the same things. 2y
readinginthedark @Caroline2 @Sue I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but it's good so far! 2y
readinginthedark @DivineDiana I know! Lots of people, required participation in sports...sounds horrifying! 2y
readinginthedark @Gezemice 😊Awesome! If you're looking for another pen pal, let me know! 2y
Gezemice @readinginthedark I am! I signed up for litsypenpals but steverogers got sick 🙁 so I never got one assigned. It would be fun! (edited) 2y
becausetrains @readinginthedark same 😂 fell in love with it in college, but can barely skate 🤓 2y
readinginthedark @Gezemice Yeah, I was assigned one, but we have had some trouble getting a hold of each other via email for some reason. Put Litsy Pen Pal or something in the subject, and I'll email you back with the questions steverogers suggested for getting started! (edited) 2y
Gezemice I sent you an email if you wish to remove your email from here :) Let me know if you got it! 2y
readinginthedark @Gezemice Okay, edited. I'm having some problems with my Internet right now, but when I get it sorted out, I'll check! 😊 2y
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readinginthedark
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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It was gorgeous outside today! I did a little reading by the Missouri River.

saresmoore What a lovely view! 2y
TheKidUpstairs I love reading by the water. It's perfection. 2y
JenP Beautiful 2y
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RealLifeReading Lovely! 2y
readinginthedark @saresmoore @TheKidUpstairs @JenP @RealLifeReading I know! There were lots of people in the park today, but it always feels so spacious and personal because of the river, I think. 2y
SaraBeagle Ooh! Where is that? 2y
readinginthedark @SaraBeagle Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO, where the Lewis and Clark monument is. This was kind of in the middle of the park. I have pictures with the bridges, too, but they're a little blurry. 2y
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Peterfox123
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons

A post elsewhere on Litsy about re-reading books every year or so reminded me I'm due to revisit this masterpiece. No idea how many times I've returned to it and it is always worthwhile. The humour seems timeless, modern even. I don't have it on Kindle so...

Ms_T I've never heard of this book 😯 2y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T I wouldn't like to guess if you'd live it or loathe it. I think you'd like Flora though: the main character who takes over and applies common sense to the chaos she finds. 2y
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readinginthedark
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Next up for my Before They Were Movies Postal Book Club! Any opinions on this one?

MaureenMc It's been so long since I read this, but I recall enjoying it. Liked the movie, too. 😊 2y
BookishJess Sitting on my shelf, haven't got to it yet. Let us know what you think! 2y
Grrlbrarian Sly, witty, absurdist. Even more out there than the movie. I loved it! 2y
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EvieBee Nice! I was thinking of reading this next also. Looking for something cozy and witty. 2y
readinginthedark @EvieBee Join in! Maybe we can compare notes! I'm not very far in yet. 2y
batsy I loved it! Agree with @Grrlbrarian's description! 2y
readinginthedark @batsy Nice! It seems a lot of people liked this, so that's a good sign. 2y
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Nipper
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
Pickpick

I adore this book. I want to be Flora Poste. This is a funny, wise, quirky look at the rural novels popular at the time of writing. Read it, you will not regret it.

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ErikaB
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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First-hand experience: A few years ago, I had about 5 minutes to decide whether my dad should buy tickets to "The Iceman Cometh" at the Goodman Theater featuring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy and told him to go for it. After working a full day and having less than 20 minutes to get ready followed by the 2 hour drive to Chicago, I arrived to find out it was almost SIX HOURS long! It had 3 intermissions! I still don't know how I made it through.

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BarbaraBB
Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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An easy read which I, however, didn't think as funny as I was supposed to be. I read a lot of English classics but I don't get what Gibbons trying to do. To me it is just a nice read of Flora, who settles things and brings order to Cold Comfort Farm. #1001books Picture: Museum The Mesdag Collection