Cold Comfort Farm (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Stella Gibbons

By Stella Gibbons

"Quite easily one of many funniest satirical novels of the final century." —Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition

The deliriously entertaining Cold convenience Farm is "very most likely the funniest publication ever written" (The Sunday Times, London), a hilarious parody of D. H. Lawrence's and Thomas Hardy's earthy, melodramatic novels. whilst the lately orphaned socialite plant life Poste descends on her kinfolk on the aptly named chilly convenience Farm in private Sussex, she unearths a singularly depressing staff in dire want of her specific expertise: organization.

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Masterpieces are hard to account for, of course. Even armed with some understanding of Stella Gibbons’s background, sensibility and skill, we can’t explain away the genius of Cold Comfort Farm. For its author, the astonishing impact of her first book was a mixed blessing. Few people nowadays know that she wrote anything else; in fact, they assume that she wrote one perfect comic novel and then just retired to prune roses. Reggie Oliver tells us that his aunt preferred not to name the book aloud, and in later life would refer to it as either ‘That Book’ or ‘You Know What’, or would just hum the words as ‘Hmm, Hmm-Hmm, Hmm’.

Oliver, Out of the Woodshed, p. 129. 6. , epigraph. A Note on the Text This Penguin Classics volume of Cold Comfort Farm has been set from the Allen Lane edition of 1938. It had first been published by Longman’s in 1932. Some minor housestyling to match Classics style has been applied. g. pp. 33). , realize); hyphenated words now spelled as one (to-night, to-day, tomorrow, good-night, good-bye) are modernized but ‘good-morning’ becomes two words; ‘judgment’ becomes ‘judgement’; and the ligature is removed (‘Phœbe’ becomes ‘Phoebe’).

That afternoon, before they went to the Rhodopis, the great cinema in Westminster, Flora posted her letters. When the morning of the second day brought no reply to any of the letters, Mrs Smiling expressed the hope that none of the relatives were going to answer. She said: ‘And I only pray that if any of them do answer, it won’t be those people in Sussex. ’ Flora agreed that the names were certainly not propitious. ’ ‘Oh, because highly-sexed young men living on farms are always called Seth or Reuben, and it would be such a nuisance.

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