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/
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! 🥰🥰🥰
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.
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
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
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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. 👇
This book is cracking me up! It‘s a bit slow-going and disjointed, but quite the fun satire, all the same.
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!
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.
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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. 💕
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
3. One baby girl.
5. Happy birthday! And especially to my mother in law bookworm Heather who is not on Litsy.
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.
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.
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. 😆
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 🤔🤣.
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!
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.” 😂
#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." ❄️⛄️❄️
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!
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!
It was gorgeous outside today! I did a little reading by the Missouri River.
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...
Next up for my Before They Were Movies Postal Book Club! Any opinions on this one?
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.
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